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Current and former Hartford Scholars and program donors pose for a photo. Back Row (l-r): Ersa Llakmani ‘13; Sonnet Bromfield AA'12, '14 ; David Daye ‘06; President Walter Harrison; Christine Pina, VP for Institutional Advancement; Peter Stevens, President, JCJ Architecture; Chevard Johnson ‘07; William Herdegen, President and COO, Connecticut Light & Power; Jorin Grori ‘08, Jasmine Cooper ’15; Nicole Walton AA'12, '14; and Christopher Rodriguez AA'11, '13. Middle Row: Tashana Mullings ’07; Alana Hughes AA '03, '05 (wearing purple shirt); and Carol Dowe ‘11. Front Row: Travis Francis ‘14; Rajin Roophnath ‘13; Aja Wilson ‘10; Raquel Brown AS '04, '05 ; Evan Thompson ‘13; and Bo-Edward Lawrence ‘16.
Nine current Hartford Scholars and six past scholars joined with program donors for the annual Hartford Scholars Breakfast on Oct. 24 in the 1877 Club.
Speaking at the program this year were William Herdegen III, president and chief operating officer, Connecticut Light & Power; Peter Stevens, partner and president, JCJ Architecture; Christine Pina, vice president for institutional advancement, University of Hartford; current Hartford Scholar Travis Francis '14, and University President Walter Harrison.
Rajin Roophnath '13 was the recipient of the Connecticut Light & Power award, and Ersa Llakmani '13 received the JCJ Mayor’s Scholar Award.
Founded in 1990, the Hartford Scholars program provides half-tuition scholarships to Hartford residents who are graduates of Hartford public schools. Since the program’s inception, more than 300 students from the city of Hartford have been helped, and more than 400 degrees have been awarded. Each year, the University relies on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to help fund this scholarship program.
The breakfast event sponsor was Travelers and the lead scholarship donors were Connecticut Light & Power, a Northeast Utilities Company, and Kaman Corporation.
Scholarship donors include Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., Greater Hartford Automobile Dealers Association, JCJ Architecture, People’s United Community Foundation, Reid & Riege, P.C., Robinson & Cole LLP, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Simon Konover Company, Waterford Group, Charitable Foundation, and Wells Fargo Advisors.