Hartford Promise Scholars Celebrate at UHart

August 23, 2022
Submitted By: Office of Marketing and Communication
Students at a library counter

More than 60 new high school graduates got an early peek at college life during a special visit at the University of Hartford—a member of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges to prepare for the fall semester at their respective schools.

They’re all part of a program with Hartford Promise, a local nonprofit that awards Hartford-based students with college scholarships—this year, that includes 10 students who will be attending UHart. The organization provides each qualifying student with up to $5,000 per year for four years at their school of choice. UHart also provides its Hartford Promise Scholars with free room and board.

To be eligible for the program, students must attend a Hartford public school continuously from ninth grade, be a Hartford resident throughout high school, have a 93% or better cumulative attendance record during high school, and have a 3.0 or better GPA. The goal of Hartford Promise is to make college possible for more students through scholarships, but also by providing a support network for the entirety of their academic careers.

During their recent visit to the University, the Hartford Promise Scholars enjoyed a day of workshops about college campus resources, time management, and financial aid, and embarked on an “Amazing Race” scavenger hunt. But it was also a time to simply ask questions about the educational journey they’d soon begin.

“Hartford Promise is going to help you, but the people at your university or college are also going to be with you and ready to help. It's going to be a great experience. You’re going to love it, and you’re not alone in it,” UHart President Gregory Woodward told the group in his welcome remarks. “We are with you every step of the way.”

Ariel Brown ’22, a recent graduate of UHart and of Hartford Promise, helped facilitate the day’s activities and encouraged students to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.

“That gives you a gateway to success,” says Brown, who majored at UHart in computer and electronic engineering technology. And Brown has certainly found his own success—he’s currently working for Apple, with plans to pursue a master’s degree.

This year in total, Hartford Promise is supporting 110 first-year college students, with around 500 currently in the program at various colleges and universities, according to Richard Sugarman, president of the organization.