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Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation

  • Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation
  • 129 Allen Place
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • 860-297-5116
  • 2005

Program Description

Founded in 2005, the Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation (HYSF) is dedicated to strengthening the city of Hartford by developing and implementing academic programs that increase college access for Hartford schoolchildren. HYSF's first initiative, The Steppingstone Academy Hartford, prepares highly motivated students for admission to and success at Connecticut's top independent high schools. By increasing educational opportunities, HYSF supports the development of a vibrant and productive community, making Hartford a better place in which to live, work, and raise a family. HYSF is based on the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels if they are prepared in a focused and demanding academic environment. The Steppingstone Academy Hartford emphasizes rigorous standards to achieve meaningful results, namely, an increased number of 4-year college graduates from the city of Hartford. The Support Services Department at the Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation (HYSF), understands that getting into a good school is a crucial first step, but long-term success requires sustained commitment from Scholars, their families and continued support from us. Support Services is designed to help all Scholars, who have completed the preparation component at the Steppingstone Academy Hartford to excel academically in high school, participate in enriching extracurricular activities, and go on to succeed in and graduate from college.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 1%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 25%
  • Other: 7%
  • African American: 62%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 61
  • Middle School: 48
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 38
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing
  • Undocumented Students (8)


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Barnard College
  • Capital Community College
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Colgate University
  • Connecticut College
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard College
  • Haverford College
  • Hobart William Smith Colleges
  • Howard University
  • Ithaca College
  • Lycoming College
  • Manchester Community College
  • Marist College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Morgan State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pace University
  • Providence College
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • Scripps College
  • Smith College
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • St Lawrence University
  • Stevenson University
  • Temple University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
  • University of Miami
  • University of New Haven
  • Wesleyan University
  • Wheaton College (MA)
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 95%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 88%