REACH offers two scholarship opportunities to students continuing their education. The Ivan Backer Scholarship is available for Bulkeley High School graduating seniors attending a four- year institution and SINA Student Support Scholarship is available for Capital Community College students who reside in the 06106 and 06114 zip codes.


SINA / Ivan A. Backer Scholarship

The SINA/Ivan A. Backer Scholarship program was established in 1997 in honor of Ivan Backer, who served as president of SINA for nearly 20 years. Backer was one of the driving forces behind the revival of Hartford’s southside neighborhood. Scholarship recipients are selected based on service to the community, school, and family, as well as for academic achievement. Three Bulkeley High School seniors each receive $4000 scholarships to continue their education at accredited 4-year postsecondary programs. The scholarships are awarded at $1,000 per academic year for four years, as long as the student is in good standing. Scholarship recipients are required to submit a copy of their tuition bill and a copy of their transcripts by November 1 of their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Scholarship applications are distributed to Bulkeley High School each winter.

Please see your counselor for an application. Contact Linda at the SINA office with any questions or concerns – (860) 493-1618.

SINA Student Support Scholarship

The SINA Student Support Scholarship program provides much needed financial support to students attending Capital Community College. Four $500 scholarships are awarded annually. Qualified students must attend Capital Community College on a full or part-time basis, reside in the 06106 or 06114 zip codes, and have completed at least one semester of study with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Applications can be found at CCC’s Financial Aid Office or contact Margaret A. Malaspina at

Due to the Coronavirus, an extension on the application has been granted. Applications are due Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Please submit your applications to Linda Torres at lvalentin@sinainc.orgor mail the application to the SINA Office at 207 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

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