Celebrating our Recipients
At UHart, we are committed to making your education affordable and attainable.
We offer scholarships that can be as much as full tuition to students who display academic merit, artistic talent and performance, or program-specific interests.
Each year, accepted students with high academic success are invited to an in-person scholarship competition for National Honors recognition. These University scholarships are renewable for four years when the recipient maintains a 3.25 cumulative GPA. At the competition, students complete an essay and interview, and meet professors, current students, and other accepted students. These scholarships empower students from varied backgrounds and interests to make the most of their UHart experience.
Isabel Cummings ’21
Isabel Cummings ’21 says the scholarship competition day itself helped her decide to attend UHart. “The professors I met at the table for prosthetics and orthotics and the professor who proctored the exam were so kind and helpful that I knew I would be well supported at UHart,” said Isabel who is from Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She applied to the University because it was the only school in the country with a five-year combined bachelors/masters prosthetics and orthotics program. “I love that I am able to be part of a condensed major program, have two minors, and be involved in a variety of clubs including ultimate Frisbee. I truly feel there is a place for everyone on campus.”
Ava Downey ’23
Ava Downey ’23 is a UHart legacy student following in the footsteps of her mom, dad, aunt, uncle, and aunt’s brother. She is a first-year student from Leominster, Massachusetts majoring in computer science and living on the STEM-C RLC (Residential Learning Community) in Hawk Hall. She says her experiences here have added fuel to her desire to work eventually for NASA or SpaceX. “I had an immediate group of friends that made my college transition really easy and allowed me to fully immerse myself in college life. I also joined the Society of Women Engineers and helped them run a NASA webinar.”
Colin Larkin ’23
Colin Larkin ’23 is a first-year student from Colchester, Connecticut who is majoring in health sciences with plans to become an orthopedic surgeon with a concentration in sports medicine. One reason he applied to UHart is its proximity to home and he says it’s helpful to see familiar faces from high school once in a while. “My UHart experience so far has been welcoming,” he says. “Collaborating with people of different backgrounds and exploring new perspectives and ideas has been interesting and fulfilling. I’ve also joined different clubs and built connections that are preparing me for future classes and building my resume.”
Kelly Insalaco ’22
Kelly Insalaco ’22 says winning the National Honors scholarship changed her life because she had major concerns about the financial impact that college costs would have after graduation. With the financial burden off her shoulders, the sophomore from Newton, New Jersey says she has been able to grow and develop at UHart. As a mathematics major, she applied to UHart because of its close connections with insurance companies. “UHart has already opened many doors that have allowed me to showcase my skills to future employers,” she says. “I truly cannot imagine myself any other place.”
Alissa Hoffman ’23
Alissa Hoffman ’23 says the National Honors scholarship enabled her to attend college and put all of her focus on her studies. She always knew she wanted to major in marketing and was attracted to UHart’s Barney School of Business professors and learning opportunities. The first-year student from Meriden, Connecticut says “I’ve met an amazing network of friends, been supported by amazing faculty, and had great opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community. I wouldn’t change my experience for the world!”
“I’ve met an amazing network of friends, been supported by amazing faculty, and had great opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community. I wouldn’t change my experience for the world!”
Rene Liz ’22
Rene Liz ’22 had two interests that attracted him to apply to UHart. He was interested in pre-med and in music and the arts, all strong areas of success here. Now a sophomore, he has decided to major in audio engineering with an eye toward becoming a studio/recording engineer and producer. “Winning the scholarship was a huge moment for me and my family,” said Rene, who is from Wethersfield, Connecticut. “When I got the news that I was one of the recipients I knew I finally had the means to pursue higher education.”
Gina Picagli ’23
Gina Picagli ’23 felt extremely validated and appreciated by UHart when she learned she was a scholarship recipient. UHart was a school she had always considered and the scholarship meant the University wanted her to be part of its community. “It’s close, but not too close to home (New Haven, Connecticut), small, but not too small, very open-minded and creative, as well as a tight-knit and friendly community. I could tell I loved the school during my first tour.” The sophomore elementary special education major plans to become a successful and influential education and a well-rounded and productive member of society.
Dominic Rascati ’22
Dominic Rascati ’22 stopped by for a campus tour on his way to the beach and learned that the campus, curriculum, and proximity to home (Barkhamsted, Connecticut) was too good to pass up. The communication and English secondary education major says he appreciates being able to pursue both paths because he plans to work in publishing and, later, possibly become a professor. “Winning the scholarship gave me the opportunity to be here,” says the sophomore, “and my experiences so far have given me knowledge and skills that I can use in a variety of settings in the future.”
Christina Roy ’22
Christina Roy ’22 always knew she wanted to go to college but also knew that she would have to pay for it. That made attending a private, four-year college an unrealistic dream, or so she thought. “Winning the scholarship granted me the opportunity to receive a quality education at a cost I can afford. The stress my parents and I faced and various loan options were relieved.” The sophomore from Goshen, Connecticut says she applied to UHart because of its caring environment that came through at open house. She is an accounting major who plans to become a certified public accountant and earn a position of leadership in a small to mid-size accounting firm.
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“UHart has already opened many doors that have allowed me to showcase my skills to future employers,” she says. “I truly cannot imagine myself any other place.”