UConn Hartford Promise

Gifts to the UConn Hartford Promise account support scholarships for Hartford Promise Scholars who are admitted to UConn.

Hartford Promise is a large-scale scholarship fund and Integrated College Success Model.  Through scholarships, Hartford Promise is able to remove financial barriers to college for Hartford students. The UConn Hartford Promise is helping local students achieve their dreams at the state’s flagship university.

In support of the UConn Hartford Promise, the Husky Hustle campaign aims to help by raising much-needed funds to cover additional tuition and fees as well as costs that arise due to technological needs or medical expenses. It will also help cover the gap due to loss of income and/or work-study—obstacles that may prevent promising students from earning their degrees.

Meet UConn Hartford Promise Scholars

 Omar GuadalupeOmar Guadalupe

Omar grew up in Hartford, went to Sports and Medical Sciences Academy for high school, and fell in love with the educational opportunities and personal connections UConn had to offer. Passionate about helping animals, Omar is studying animal sciences and wants to become a veterinarian in the city of Hartford.


Joeneshly Joeneshly Marquez – Santana

Joeneshly was born in Puerto Rico, and after moving to Hartford graduated from Hartford Public High School. She was inspired to enroll at UConn after feeling a special connection to the campus and an eagerness to take advantage of all the opportunities the school offered. At UConn, Joeneshly is studying and preparing for her dream job, working as a registered nurse in the city of Hartford.


Elis DiazElis Diaz

Elis, a graduate of Global Communications Academy, chose UConn because he earned a substantial financial aid package and because of the reputation and rigor of the School of Engineering. A Biomedical Engineering major, Elis wants to pursue a career with an institution that utilizes engineering to help people in need. He is passionate about building new technology, even building a gaming computer from scratch, in his free time.


MayraMayra Vasquez

UConn was Mayra’s dream school since her freshman year of high school at Classical Magnet. Mayra is interested in marketing and health services and has a passion for giving back to her city through community service. Among Mayra’s many accomplishments as a student leader on campus, she is part of our Undergraduate Student Government and a member of the Capital City Crew that creates sustainable collaborations in the City of Hartford. Most impressively, Mayra will be working with the Yard Goats to develop, coordinate, and facilitate their youth program.


Ayana EncarnacionAyana Encarnacion

Ayana grew up in Hartford, went to Noah Webster for elementary school, and is a graduate of Sports and Medical Sciences Academy. She chose to attend UConn because she wanted to stay close to home and because of the academic reputation. She is a biological science major on a pre-med track and wants to be a doctor.