REACH offers two scholarship opportunities to students continuing their education. The Ivan Backer Scholarship is available for high school graduating seniors attending a four- year institution and the SINA Student Support Scholarship is available for Capital Community College students. The Kelly Styles STEM Scholarship

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 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.

Applications are extended to Friday, March 24, 2023. Click here to read more about the 2023 application.

Connecticut Children’s Kelly Styles STEM Scholarship

Kelly Styles is the former Senior VP, Chief Information Officer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. His passion is to support young people going into a career pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Kelly retired from Connecticut Children’s in June 2020, and as a tribute to him, generous individuals of the Connecticut Children’s Information Solutions department donated the funds to create the Kelly Styles S.T.E.M. Scholarship. Click here to read more about the Connecticut Children’s Kelly Styles STEM Scholarship.
Applications are extended to Friday, March 24, 2023..

SINA Student Support Scholarship

The SINA Student Support Scholarship program provides much-needed financial support to students attending Capital Community College. Up to 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 2.75 GPA. Applications can b found below and at CCC’s Financial Aid Office or contact Margaret A. Malaspina at

Applications are due Friday, April 7, 2023. Please submit your applications to Linda Torres at or mail the application to the SINA Office at 207 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Click here to download the complete PDF application 
Click here to download the complete application in Word Format
or click here to apply via a google form.

Please note if submitting by google form you must have the personal statement and recommendation form ready to upload, as you cannot save your progress.
Click here to download only the recommendation form. 




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