A World of Opportunity
The education gap has consequences that are far-reaching – for students, families and the vibrancy of the entire region. Those who finish high school and go on to postsecondary education earn twice as much as dropouts and are far less likely to be unemployed.
The Hartford Foundation is committed to providing a world of opportunity after graduation from high school, so students can pursue two- and four-year college degrees that will lead to meaningful careers for the 21st century. Together, we can begin to break the cycle of poverty and help prepare a skilled workforce that will make Greater Hartford a desirable place for industry.
Through our scholarship program, the Hartford Foundation awards over $1 million in new and continuing scholarships for hundreds of local students each year to attend two- and four-year colleges and universities in Connecticut and across the country.
Connecticut is now ranked 34th in the growth of the population aged 25-34 who hold an associate’s degree or higher, well behind other New England states.
The Foundation plans to continue these programs, while developing new partnerships and supporting promising practices that will help graduating high school students successfully navigate their way through college.
A World of Opportunity (Education Goal 3)
Increase postsecondary success for residents in two- and four-year colleges.
- Identify and build a local postsecondary partnership to develop and implement a shared agenda across public education and two- and four-year colleges.
- Create an evidence-based plan and use public accountability mechanisms.
- Support emerging and ongoing promising practices to advance postsecondary success.