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$4 Million Raised for Hartford College Scholarship Program



    'Hartford Promise' Raises More Than $4 million

    The Hartford Promise Scholarship Fund raised $4.1 million dollars to help send city students to college. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013)

    During her annual state of the schools address, the superintendent of schools in Hartford revealed some details about a college scholarship for Hartford Public Schools students who maintain a B average during high school.

    On Tuesday, Supt. Christina Kishimoto said the fundraising effort has brought in $4.1 million for Hartford Promise, a program that will provide financial aid for local public high school students who are college-bound.

    This is a little more than a third of the $12 million the school department seeks to raise to fund the program through the Class of 2023, according to the Hartford Promise Web site.

    Awards up to $5,000 per year, up to $20,000 total, will be awarded to students attending four-year schools.

    The first class eligible is the class of 2016 and awards can be renewed for an additional year to support a master’s degree or education in teaching.

    “It was important because one of the barriers is an economic barrier to college," Kishimoto said.

    The college scholarship is $5,000 a year for students who are maintaining a B average in high school, have a good attendance record, and are residents of Hartford, according to Kishimoto. Students who go to two-year colleges will have a $2,500 scholarship per year.

    Some local backers include the Travelers companies, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the former CEO of the Hartford.