The University of Connecticut has announced plans to award an additional $5,000 annually to students from Hartford public schools who meet certain academic and attendance goals.
The initiative is similar to a program the school announced for New Haven students last month.
The money will go to incoming UConn students who are already receiving $5,000 annual scholarships as part of the Hartford Promise program.
That program is for students who have been enrolled in Hartford Public Schools since at least 9th grade, will graduate with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and have good attendance.
About 150 college-bound seniors are on track to become Hartford Promise's first scholars in the fall.
“It is wonderful to have UConn as a partner in reducing financial barriers and providing supports and services that will lead to much higher levels of college success for Hartford students,” Hartford Promise Executive Director Richard Sugarman said in a statement.
UConn currently has 265 graduates from Hartford public high schools enrolled as undergrads on its campuses throughout Connecticut.
UConn has placed no limits on the number of Hartford Promise scholars who will benefit from the University’s new financial commitment.
"UConn's partnership with Hartford Promise will make an enormous difference by putting an education at our state's flagship university within reach for Hartford students,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement. “Looking ahead over the next few years, the deepening partnership between UConn and the city of Hartford is one of the most important opportunities we have, and I'm grateful that UConn is teaming up with Hartford Promise to help Hartford kids achieve their aspirations.”