The Hartford Scholars Program at the University of Hartford provides half-tuition scholarships to students who live in Hartford and graduate from Hartford public high schools or from suburban schools that participate in Project Choice, a state program to improve diversity in suburban school districts.
The Hartford Scholars Program began in 1990. President Emeritus Humphrey Tonkin, who was the University president at the time, says, "The University is part of the fabric of the city of Hartford, and it was important not only to recruit students from Hartford, but also to develop a program to demonstrate our commitment to have them actually choose to attend here."
Seventy-two Hartford Scholars enrolled in 1990, and in the ensuing two decades, over 400 degrees have been awarded, and nearly 100 scholars are currently enrolled. University of Hartford President Walter Harrison says "Hartford Scholars graduates often become leaders, mentors, and role models in local, state, regional, and international communitities. They are a testament to the transformative power of a university education and to this University's commitment to Hartford and its future."