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Courant Foundation to fund community college transfers

by Jennifer Huber - June 23, 2008

The Hartford Courant Foundation is revising an existing scholarship fund to help community college graduates complete bachelor’s degrees at UConn, the University of Connecticut Foundation has announced.

In its new form, the fund will provide scholarships to students who have completed an associate’s degree at one of the four community colleges in central Connecticut – Capital, Manchester, Tunxis or Middlesex – and have been accepted at UConn through the Guaranteed Admissions Program.

The fund, which will support such scholarships for the next 10 years, is designed to enhance diversity at UConn. Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive funding for up to three years.

The new scholarship program is modeled after the Hartford Courant Foundation Scholars Program, which has awarded more than $73,000 in scholarships since it was established 22 years ago, and has helped more than 70 young adults from the Hartford area complete a bachelor’s degree at UConn.

The new scholarships will boost UConn’s Guaranteed Admissions Program, which was announced in late 2007.

This program offers a pathway for students who maintain a B average at Connecticut’s community colleges to earn guaranteed admission to UConn.

The University is dedicated to maintaining an academically competitive and diverse student body while enhancing access to higher education.

Private support plays a vital role in achieving these goals by helping recruit and retain top students, approximately 75 percent of whom receive some form of financial assistance.

Scholarships not only fill a critical need for students from low-income households, but also help attract high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds.

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