REACH is a committee that promotes Recognition, Education, Achievement and Community Health. The committee is composed of SINA board members, volunteer employees of the SINA anchor institutions, and select members of the community. Its mission is to develop, support and recognize individuals who positively contribute to the growth of the Hartford Community. It accomplishes this through annual awards, scholarships, and a partnership with local Hartford Public Schools.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Service Awards
The Neighborhood Service Awards recognize individuals in the community and SINA institutions who go beyond the call of duty to promote community service in Hartford. Anyone may nominate a candidate using the application below.
Maria C. Sanchez Elementary School
In 2016, SINA began a new partnership with Maria C. Sanchez Elementary School by co-sponsoring their Science Fair. SINA recruited judges and supplied award medals to first, second and third place winners in each grade (pre-K to 5th.) SINA plans to contribute to their science fair annually.