RELEASE: New UConn Hartford Campus Creates Giving Opportunities

Hartford Campus groundbreaking
State and university officials break ground on UConn’s Hartford campus, slated to open in 2017. (Credit: UConn Foundation)

Philanthropists looking to transform a college student’s life have a myriad of opportunities to realize that goal—including a new scholarship program—at the University of Connecticut’s downtown Hartford campus, slated to open in the fall of 2017.

The goal of the Adopt-a-Husky program is to ensure that the Hartford campus is accessible and affordable for all students. Close to half of the 2,300 students are expected to be first generation college students and many will seek financial aid.

“Philanthropy will play an important role in attracting students to the campus and in providing a high-quality education, helping to make UConn Hartford a success while adding new vitality to the downtown neighborhood,” said UConn President Susan Herbst.

The Adopt-a-Husky program includes many options for donors:

  • $2,500 pledged over four years, or $10,000 in total, to Support a Husky at the Hartford campus.
  • $50,000 or more to establish an endowed fund that provides annual support for a student at a specific college or school at UConn Hartford.
  • With an endowed fund of $100,000 or more other criteria can be added; for example, a preference for students from a particular region.

Tuition and fees at the campus, currently located in West Hartford, are $10,658 annually.

“It takes more than bricks and mortar to build a great campus,” said Joshua R. Newton, president & CEO of the UConn Foundation. “For as little as $10,000 over four years, donors will be able to support a Husky at the Hartford campus and help build a solid foundation for these students.”

The downtown space for the campus encompasses 217,000 square feet and will bring students closer to potential internships, service projects, and jobs in urban K-12 schools, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other entities.

The main building, the former Hartford Times newspaper headquarters, will accommodate approximately 70 percent of the academic programmatic needs, and is scheduled for completion by July 2017. The UConn Hartford campus will also be home to 250 faculty members.

The Adopt-a-Husky program is part of the UConn Foundation’s “Transform Lives’’ initiative, a five-year effort to double the amount of financial support—including merit and need-based scholarships—that the Foundation raises for the benefit of the UConn student body, at all the university’s campuses.

The Foundation, in its mission statement, said: “The University’s strong upward trajectory comes at a time when, nationwide, the cost of higher education is soaring. Now, more than ever, farsighted, caring donors are essential to bringing an education within reach of every deserving student.’’

Beyond Adopt-a-Husky programs, there will be also other opportunities for donors to invest in students at the UConn Hartford campus.

Naming rights include:

  • $1-2 million for a research/laboratory center
  • $500,000-$1 million for a lecture hall
  • $250,000-$500,000 for a seminar room
  • $25,000-$50,000 for a student study lounge