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Boys & Girls Village Receives Gift of Full Scholarships to the University of Bridgeport
& Girls Village (BGV), a statewide leader in providing mental health
treatment and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and
their families, has announced that it is the recipient of a generous gift. This
donation of two scholarships will provide two BGV clients with the opportunity
to receive a free, four-year education from the University of Bridgeport. The donor,
who has asked to remain anonymous, wished to make a gift that will have a
“transformational impact” for BGV’s youth.
gift of the “Boys & Girls Village Scholarships at the University of
Bridgeport” coincides with the expanded educational offerings at BGV’s Charles
F. Hayden School, which currently enrolls approximately 90 students from 30 Connecticut
communities. The school offers special education programs for K through 11th
grade, and a 12th grade curriculum will be added next school year.
generous scholarships will open doors for BGV clients who may not otherwise be
able to consider the possibility of attending college,” said Dr. Steven M.
Kant, BGV’s President and CEO.
(From left) UB President Neil Salonen, BGV Board Vice
Chair Joseph Tramuta, Esq. and BGV President and CEO Dr. Steven Kant announced
full scholarships that will provide BGV clients with the opportunity to attend
“Connecticut has one of the largest academic
achievement gaps in the country, and this gift of higher education is a
wonderful opportunity to bridge that divide for some of our most vulnerable
provides specialized behavioral health services to youth and their families
where often there is extensive history of trauma, significant emotional
instability, and struggle with life in impoverished inner city settings.
scholarship recipients will have to meet the University of Bridgeport’s
academic standards and be a current or former BGV client in order to be
University of Bridgeport has a long history of
transforming students’ lives through education. Now, thanks to the generosity
of one of our alumni, UB is excited and proud to continue this tradition by
partnering with Boys & Girls Village to help deserving students achieve the
dream of a university education,” said UB President Neil A. Salonen. “We
look forward to welcoming these students to campus. They will be guided by
award-winning faculty and encouraged to immerse themselves among abundant
academic, social, and cultural resources that can transform their futures.”
two “Boys & Girls Village Scholarships at the University of Bridgeport”
provide full tuition for four years of either undergraduate or graduate study. BGV
will be creating a scholarship committee and determining selection criteria.
“We are so grateful that the donor had the
foresight to provide an invaluable gift, a gift of learning and education,”
said BGV Board Vice Chairman Joseph Tramuta, who helped to secure this gift. “This
contribution truly gives students an extraordinary opportunity to earn countless
benefits over their lifetimes.”
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