Boys & Girls Village Receives Gift of Full Scholarships to the University of Bridgeport

Clubs and Organizations

January 20, 2016

Photo Caption: (From left) UB President Neil Salonen, BGV Board Vice Chair Joseph Tramuta, Esq. and BGV President and CEO Dr. Steven Kant announced full scholarships that will provide BGV clients with the opportunity to attend UB.

Generous gift from anonymous donor provides opportunity for two BGV clients to continue their educations  

Milford, CT January 19, 2016 Boys & Girls Village (BGV), a statewide leader in providing mental health treatment and educational services to Connecticut's most vulnerable youth and their families, has announced that it is the recipient of a generous gift. This donation of two scholarships will provide two BGV clients with the opportunity to receive a free, four-year education from the University of Bridgeport. The donor, who has asked to remain anonymous, wished to make a gift that will have a "transformational impact" for BGV's youth.

The gift of the "Boys & Girls Village Scholarships at the University of Bridgeport" coincides with the expanded educational offerings at BGV's Charles F. Hayden School, which currently enrolls approximately 90 students from 30 Connecticut communities. The school offers special education programs for K through 11th grade, and a 12th grade curriculum will be added next school year.

"These generous scholarships will open doors for BGV clients who may not otherwise be able to consider the possibility of attending college," said Dr. Steven M. Kant, BGV's President and CEO. "Connecticut has one of the largest academic achievement gaps in the country, and this gift of higher education is a wonderful opportunity to bridge that divide for some of our most vulnerable youth."

BGV provides specialized behavioral health services to youth and their families where often there is extensive history of trauma, significant emotional instability, and struggle with life in impoverished inner city settings. 

Prospective scholarship recipients will have to meet the University of Bridgeport's academic standards and be a current or former BGV client in order to be eligible.

"The University of Bridgeport has a long history of transforming students' lives through education. Now, thanks to the genorisity of one of our alumni, UB is excited and proud to continue this tradition by partnering with Boys & Girls Village to help deserving students achieve the dream of a university education," said UB President Neil A. Salonen. "We look forward to welcoming these students to campus. They will be guided by award-winning faculty and encouraged to immerse themselves among abundant academic, social, and cultural resources that can transform their futures."

The two "Boys & Girls Village Scholarships at the University of Bridgeport" provide full tuition for four years of either undergraduate or graduate study. BGV will be creating a scholarship committee and determining selection criteria.

"We are so grateful that the donor had the foresight to provide an invaluable gift, a gift of learning and education," said BGV Board Vice Chairman Joseph Tramuta, who helped to secure this gift. "This contribution truly gives students an extraordinary opportunity to earn countless benefits over their lifetimes."

About Boys & Girls Village:

For 73 years, Boys & Girls Village, Inc. has been one of Connecticut's leading providers of behavioral health, educational and permanency planning services for at-risk youth and their families. Since its founding, Boys & Girls Village has touched the lives of thousands of children and families from 50 different Connecticut communities, providing a wide range of family-centered services and evidenced-based treatment approaches that helped children heal, lean and grow. Learn more at

About University of Bridgeport:

The University of Bridgeport (Connecticut) is committed to preparing students to be leaders in their fields by offering career-oriented undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, as well as online education, with a distinctive emphasis on real-world education in the fields of business, education, engineering, computer science, the health sciences, arts and sciences, and international studies. An abundance of mentorships, field training, and research facilities, coupled with a highly diverse student population representing more than 80 countries, opens doors of professional opportunity and prepares students to excel in an increasingly global, interconnected world. UB faculty include Fulbright Scholars and other thought leaders. It is also home to award-winning health sciences programs, including the first dental hygiene school in the world and the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine, the largest graduate engineeing program in New England, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, and more than 125 programs. It is independent and non-sectarian. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at or 1-800-EXCEL-UB.