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CREC Foundation Announces Recipients of 2018 Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity

2018 Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity


(Hartford, Conn.) The CREC Foundation awarded the 2018 Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity to five Hartford-area graduating seniors. The students were recognized at CREC’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 16. Each recipient was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. It is renewable for four years while they are enrolled in college.


The scholarship program was open to graduating seniors in CREC magnet schools and member school districts. It recognizes students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in the face of adversity. The applicants were required to submit an essay describing how they dealt with hardship while reaching a life goal. The CREC Foundation received 32 applications from students in 15 CREC schools and member districts. The five recipients are:

Kobe Barnes, Hartford, an Avon High School senior, who plans to major in business management at Newbury CollegePrincesse Harmon, Hartford, graduating from CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering and majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of ConnecticutLianna Montalvo, Wethersfield, graduating from Wethersfield High School and pursuing pre-medicine at West Virginia UniversityAlysia Rivera, Windsor Locks, a PSA Civic Leadership High School graduate who will study economics at Trinity CollegeKyla Thomas, Hartford, graduating from CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering and planning to major in criminal justice at Bay Path University

The Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity was established in 2015 to mark Douglas’ retirement from CREC, where he was executive director for 14 years. Douglas dedicated nearly 50 years of his career to educating Connecticut’s children and families. His transformative leadership, divergent thinking, and inspirational mentorship have helped shape the educational and social landscape of Connecticut.

The 2018 Bruce E. Douglas Scholarship Awards presentation included, from left: Greg Florio, CREC executive director; Kristen Picard-Wambolt, past chairperson, CREC Council; award recipients Kyla Thomas, Alysia Rivera, Lianna Montalvo, Princesse Harmon, and Marlowe Barnes, accepting on behalf of her son Kobe Barnes; and the scholarship’s benefactor Bruce E. Douglas


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