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New scholarship available for New Haven students (Released: 10/20/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- The first privately funded University of Connecticut Day of Pride scholarship has been created by Francis R. Guyott Jr. in memory of his father, Francis R. Guyott.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has applied to the University’s Day of Pride program from Hillhouse or Wilbur Cross High Schools in New Haven.

Day of Pride scholarships cover the full costs of a four-year education at UConn. They are awarded to 15 outstanding Connecticut high school seniors. Scholarship criteria include high class rank, competitive SAT scores, advanced academic courses, community involvement, and demonstrated leadership ability.

Guyott created this scholarship because he wanted to contribute to the city of New Haven as a way of giving back to the community for all that it has done for him, says Kathy Usher, director of the scholarship office. Guyott grew up in New Haven.

He pledged to support a Day of Pride scholarship after meeting with a UConn student who had previously received a Day of Pride scholarship.

The deadline for completed applications is Nov. 3. For information and an application packet, call the scholarship office at (860) 486-3299.