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January 24, 2020

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Christine Carver Named School Superintendent of the Year by UCONN Neag School of Education Alumni

This award is given annually to a UConn graduate who "has made a significant impact on education, has a national reputation for her/his work, has been an inspiration to other professionals, and has shown continued involvement with the Neag School of Education," according to a news release.

Carver will be formally recognized at Neag's 22nd annual Alumni Awards Celebration on March 14, 2020.

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Other 2020 Alumni Award Recipients


Apply for a College Scholarship Grant


Each year, the Connecticut Office of Tourism offers two college scholarship grants for Connecticut residents pursuing degrees in hospitality, travel or tourism at accredited colleges and universities. These grants are funded by the generous contributions of the Connecticut tourism industry and named for two respected tourism leaders:  

  • The Richard B. Combs Hospitality Scholarship Grant ($1,000)
  • The Walter Schoenknecht Tourism & Travel Scholarship Grant ($1,000)  


To be eligible to apply for these scholarships, a student must be:

  • a resident of Connecticut;
  • a senior at a Connecticut high school (public or private), a high school graduate who has not yet begun a college curriculum, or an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited university or college;
  • attending an accredited university or college on a full- or part-time basis (minimum six credit hours) and pursuing a tourism or hospitality degree program.

Grants are awarded on the basis of academic and personal achievement as well as a demonstrated interest in the hospitality or tourism industry.

Grants are awarded on the basis of academic and personal achievement as well as a demonstrated interest in the hospitality or tourism industry.

How to Apply

Complete the application form and submit it by the due date.

Include the following with your application:

  •  two letters of recommendation (one academic and one personal);
  •  a transcript of the current academic record;
  •  personal Letter of Intent stating how this grant will help you achieve your academic goals;
  •  personal resume.

Send your completed application and all accompanying documents to the

Scholarship Grant Committee
Connecticut Office of Tourism
450 Columbus Blvd.,
Hartford, CT  06103

For additional information or questions, contact Rosemary Bove at (860) 500-2355 or

Introduction to Holberton School

Holberton School is a unique alternative to higher education that focuses on training Software and Operations Engineers in two years or less, equipping students from all walks of life with the deep technical, as well as the professional and soft skills, needed for a successful career in this field.

In January 2019, the New Haven campus opened as a non-profit—since then, the innovative model and approach to education has made the program accessible to people from various backgrounds, including people who are choosing to attend Holberton right after high school in place of a more traditional higher education institution.  Here's what we are all about:

  • How we teach is different—At Holberton, students learn by doing, working hands-on with peers and the support from staff on projects. No classes, no lectures, which means students learn in a way that translates directly to what's expected in the workplace in terms of picking up critical collaboration, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Our admissions process is blind—The school does not consider prior experience or accomplishments, this information isn't even collected. Instead, applicants complete a series of challenges and learn the basics of coding as part of the application, allowing them to determine if this is the right program for them, and if they are motivated to jump into this field in the first place. Aside from passing the application, applicants need a high school diploma or equivalent and be 18 when they start the program.
  • We don't charge upfront tuition—Students don't pay upfront for the program, and there's no cost to apply or attend. Once students leave the program and secure employment, they begin paying a percentage of their income for a short, set period of time (17% for 3.5 years).

This video will give you a bit more insight into what the program is about, including from the students' perspective, and here's a link to a virtual campus tour. You can request the syllabus and program information by following this link.

Nadine Krause
Director at Holberton
(203) 653-9134


Community Match Fund - New Funding Program
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Sustainable CT, a statewide nonprofit organization that runs a municipal certification to promote sustainability, equity, and community vibrancy, has recently launched a new funding program, the Community Match Fund. This program, which is open to schools, provides dollar-for-dollar matching funds, up to $25,000 per project, to support projects that make our communities more sustainable. Sustainable CT is already supporting various school projects and encourages schools to apply. Their program has no deadlines, no formal application, no lengthy review period, and minimal reporting requirements.

In order to help project leaders raise funds, Sustainable CT has partnered with ioby, a nonprofit crowdfunding organization that provides an online platform and fundraising coaching and support to help project organizers raise funds. Projects approved for this program will create an online crowdfunding page on ioby that enables them to publicize their projects and solicit contributions. Sustainable CT then matches all donations raised from the community, doubling local investment. In addition to individual donations from the community, Sustainable CT will also match grants, school dollars, municipal dollars, and business contributions, so long as these are part of a community crowdfunding campaign.

While their program is broad and can support many different types of projects, here’s an overview of some of the work that they’re focused on:

  • environmental and climate programs/education                                
  • energy efficiency and renewables                                            
  • composting & recycling
  • food waste reduction
  • community & school gardens
  • arts & culture
  • improving walkability and public transportation
  • land and waterbody use and protection
  • environmental justice
  • creating green spaces
  • promoting and increasing access to healthy and sustainable food networks
  • And much more!

Abe Hilding-Salorio
Community Outreach Manager
Sustainable CT
(860) 465-0256

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