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.

In 2019, the IS department gave a $4,000 scholarship to Tajon M. Nickson from Bulkeley High School. In 2020, Sirak Hadgu, from Bulkeley High School was awarded $2,000.

2020 Annual REACH Awards video clip:

One scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior continuing their education in a post-secondary program related to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The 2021 application is now due Monday, May 3, 2021. The amount for this year’s scholarship has not been disclosed as collections are still taking place.

Click here to download the fillable pdf complete application.

Click here to download the fillable recommendation form only.

Click here to download the application in Word format.

Who is eligible:

Any graduating high school senior from 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

Application Process:

The Ivan Backer Scholarship 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”.
    If sending more than one email, please mention in the subject title what you are attaching; for example “Your Name: STEM Scholarship – Recommendation”.
  2. MAIL or drop off the complete application to the SINA office: 207 Washington Street, Hartford, CT.
    If dropping off, please note you will need a mask to enter the building. You may also push your envelope through the mail slot on the left of the front door

What a Complete Application looks like:

      1. Answer all questions to the best of your ability.
      2. A letter of recommendation.
      3. A copy of your Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores.
      4. A copy of your latest available transcript, showing classes were taken and grades achieved, along with class ranking
      5. If available, a copy of your Acceptance Letter and Financial Award for each institution you have been accepted to.
      6. A list of STEM-related activities you have engaged in, what responsibilities did you have, and how long did you perform them?
      7. A 500-word essay discussing activities or relationships in your life involving your community, school, or family. 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 valuable have these experiences been in your life?
        • Has COVID 19 impacted your service in any way? If so, how, and what have you learned through it?   
      8. You may also attach any extra pages if necessary such as resumes, as well as documentation of special achievements, awards, or newspaper publicity.

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