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. The scholarship is managed by the SINA REACH committee.

Since 2019, the IS department has given a total of $7,000 to Hartford students: (click on names to learn more about each applicant)

2022 Aniya Encarnacion,
Sport and Medical Sciences Academy
2021 Saskia Linton,
Bulkeley High School
2020 Sirak Hadgu,
Bulkeley High School
2019 Tajon M. Nickson,
Bulkeley High School

If you are interested in donating to the Kelly Styles STEM Scholarship please use this GoFundMe page:

2020 Annual REACH Awards video clip:

One scholarship in the total amount of $3,000, will be awarded to a graduating senior continuing their education in a post-secondary program related to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The student will receive $2,000 the first year and $1,000 the second year if they remain in good standing and continue a STEM-related field.

Who is eligible:

Any graduating high school senior attending a Hartford Public School or lives in Hartford, CT is eligible.
The recipient will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Participated in STEM-related activities
  • Pursuing STEM-related programs in college
  • Academic achievement
  • Financial Need

Selection Process:

The Kelly Styles STEM Scholarship ad-hoc committee consisting of representatives from SINA/REACH and the Connecticut Children’s IS department will review all applications. Students will be selected for personal interviews by the same committee. 

How to Apply:

  1. Email complete application to  Linda Torres at with the subject title “Your Name: STEM Scholarship”.
  2. Mail or drop off the complete application to the SINA office: 207 Washington Street, Hartford, CT.

Applications are extended to Friday, March 24, 2023.

Click here to download the complete fillable PDF or  Click here to download the complete application in Word Format.

If you are having trouble uploading/downloading documents contact Linda Torres at or call 860-493-1618.

What a Complete Application Looks Like:

  1. All questions are answered to the best of your ability.
  2. One letter of  recommendation. You may attach additional pages to recommendation forms. Click here to download only the recommendation form.
  3. A 500-word essay discussing activities or relationships in your life that led to your interest in a STEM-related field.
    Essay format: 500 words, typed double space. Make sure to place your name on the paper.
    Include some, or all of these points:

    • Why and how did you get started?
    • Did you relate these activities to your schoolwork?
    • What have you learned about yourself through your involvement?
    • How do you see these experiences impacting your future?
  4. A copy of your latest available transcript, showing classes taken and grades achieved, along with class ranking.
  5. A copy of your Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores.
  6. If available, a copy of your Acceptance Letter and Financial Award for each institution you have been accepted to.
  7. Feel free to attach extra pages if necessary, such as resumes, as well as documentation of special achievements, awards, or newspaper publicity.