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Conard Grad Honored with Scholarship

Brianna Bobo. Courtesy photo

Brianna Bobo, a graduate of West Hartford’s Conard High School, is the recipient of the Alma Exley Scholarship.


Brianna Bobo, a 2019 graduate of Conard High School, has been honored by the Alma Exley Scholarship Program, which promotes and encourages greater educator diversity. She plans to teach history after graduating from UConn’s five-year bachelor’s/master’s program in May.

She joins 36 others previously honored in the program established in 1995 to carry on the work the late Alma Exley, a West Hartford resident, who led an effort at the State Department of Education to bring more people of color into the teaching profession in the state.

Tamashi Hettiarachchi, a previous recipient of the scholarship, is teaching chemistry at Hall High School. Others are serving in teaching or leadership positions in Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Danbury, East Hartford, Fairfield, Hartford, Hamden, Manchester, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, South Windsor, Waterbury, Westport, and Windsor, and in schools across the United States.

Many have been honored for their contributions to education and their communities. Meet them at https://almaexleyscholarship.org/previous-recipients/

Alma Exley Scholars are chosen from students of color who are enrolled in university teacher-preparation programs throughout Connecticut. The program honors and supports future educators who will mirror the diversity of the student population, understand students’ diverse cultural backgrounds, serve as positive role models for minority and non-minority students, and provide a classroom environment that respects and celebrates a diversity of cultures.

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain manages the program. The Foundation, established in 1941, is “Where Good Begins” in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and Southington. The Foundation works to inspire philanthropy, manage permanent charitable assets effectively, and partner to address key community issues through strategic leadership. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org

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