Previous Scholarship Recipients

East Hartford Alumni Association and Education Foundation
Namesake Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to up to five graduating students of the East Hartford Public School system who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or a vocational training program. Recipients must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and preference will be given to East Hartford residents.

2022:
$2,000

  • Zoey Alaimo

  • Isabel Burgos

  • Emily Llantin

  • Chloe Scheer

  • Quintoria Zuniga

2021:
$1,000

  • Anne Le, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Gustavo Guzman, University of Connecticut

  • Jaiyliah Nicole Cochran, University of Connecticut

  • Madisyn Vera, Bay Path University

  • Yasmine Essel, University of Connecticut

 

2020:
$1,000

  • Amy Le, University of Connecticut

  • Gift Okeke, University of Connecticut

  • Jaime Koski, Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Mya Mason, Boston University

  • Stephanie Sesenu, George Washington University

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Alicea Scholarship for Redefining Norms

Access to education is an ongoing issue preventing families from pursuing post-secondary opportunities. Offered by an East Hartford High School class of 2010 graduate, this scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of East Hartford Public Schools applying to a higher educational institution as a first-generation college student, for whom neither parent has an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Award recipients demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their personal and professional development, in an effort to challenge generational barriers and redefine norms. 

2022:
$500

Emily Llantin, University of Connecticut

2021:
$500

Madisyn Vera, Bay Path University

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Coach Konopka 'For the Team' Scholarship

The ‘For the Team’ scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who is a student athlete and pursuing continued education with a focused interest in public services. Continued education can take various forms and can be at a 2- or 4-year college or university or a trade school. Recipients put others ahead of themselves, overcome challenges, and seek to continually improve themselves and the people around them. Preference is given to members of the EHHS westling team.

2022:
$2,500

Matilda Appiah, Southern Connecticut State University

2021:
$2,500

Gary Shepard, Jr., Framingham State University

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Dotson-Renta Family Fund

Offered by an East Hartford High School class of 1999 graduate, the Dotson-Renta Family Fund is awarded to a graduating EHHS senior whose character, intellectual curiosity, and civic engagement capture the spirit of East Hartford High School. The award recipient demonstrates tenacity and drive in academic and personal pursuits, a commitment to community and service, and an inquisitive mind--the desire to learn and explore beyond their own comfort zone. The scholarship award is to be applied toward start-up college costs, including but not limited to a tuition or housing deposit, books, or a computer.

2022:
$500

An Nguyen

2021:
$500

Madisyn Vera, Bay Path University

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Melissa Mateo Blank Award

EHHS alumna Dr. Lara N. Dotson-Renta, in conjunction with Mr. Steven Blank, offers this scholarship award in honor of her friend and fellow class of 1999 classmate, Melissa Mateo Blank. Melissa was a lover of words and good writing, and a great believer in the transformative power of education and believing in others, a loyal friend, and a loving partner to her husband Steve. A lifelong learner

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as well as an educator, her work teaching English at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC meant a lot to her. She had just begun to publish her creative writing when she died of glioblastoma on February 8, 2021. This scholarship celebrates her memory by honoring a student who displays tenacity, grace, and academic achievement.

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he Melissa Mateo Blank Award is awarded to a graduating EHHS senior whose character, intellectual curiosity, and civic engagement capture the spirit of East Hartford High School. The award recipient demonstrates tenacity and drive in academic and personal pursuits, a commitment to community and service, and an inquisitive mind--the desire to learn and explore beyond their own comfort zone. Additional consideration is given to students with an interest in literature or writing. The scholarship award is to be applied toward start-up college costs, including but not limited to a tuition or housing deposit, books, or a computer.

2022:
$1,000

Faith Anane, Boston University

2021:
$250

Hermione Cordeiro Larkin, Johns Hopkins University

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Reimagine Tomorrow Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating East Hartford Public School seniors that plans to pursue an education or career in a science, technology, engineering, arts, or math (STEAM) field. Recipients are students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher that plans to pursue post-secondary education at either a 2-year or 4-year public or private college degree program in the fall. Student athletes and students with strong community service experience are strongly urged to apply.

2022:
$1,000

Makayla Shedrick, Central Connecticut State University

2021:
$1,000

Hermione Cordeiro Larkin, Johns Hopkins University

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Whitford Family Community Service Award

The Whitford Family Community Service Award is provided to a graduating high school senior in memory of Leonard and Elsie Whitford who as lifelong residents of the East Hartford were dedicated to give back to their community. They believed that through volunteerism, hard work and a little help from those around them, anyone can succeed! Scholarship recipients demonstrate values that make them stand out among their peer group as inspirational individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to enrich the lives of others, or have overcome their own challenges to advocate for others with disabilities. This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated tremendous courage, compassion and caring in serving their community. It is intended to recognize students of noble character who have acted as humble servants to others by putting service of others before self-interest. The award intentionally recognizes the use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help address real-life problems. And, in the process, provides a learning opportunity that helps build student problem-solving skills, emotional intelligence, and character. The award is designed to reward young, civic-minded students with a vision for bettering either their local community or their country at large.

2021:
$2,000

Brianna Okantah, Boston University

2020:
$2,000

Shannell Awuah, Syracuse University

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