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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Receives $60,000 Grant from Travelers for College Pathways Program

December 12, 2011

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is committed to bringing the benefits of Girl Scouting to girls throughout the state of Connecticut. These benefits include the popular College Pathways program, specifically designed to introduce girls to the benefits of college education and show them how to succeed on campus. Thanks to a generous grant of $60,000 from The Travelers Companies, Inc., Girl Scouts of Connecticut can continue to offer this outstanding programming to girls.

This grant will help fund the many offerings of the College Pathways program, which encourages the educational and career goals of urban Hartford area girls in grades 8 through 12. This program is vital in lowering the dropout rate for Hartford youth and raising the percentage of young people who want to pursue college.

“Travelers helps students enter the college and career pipeline because we recognize that today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce,” said Tara N. Spain, Director of Community Relations for Travelers. “That’s why we are so proud to support Girl Scouts of Connecticut's College Pathways program to expand awareness of education and career opportunities to prepare students for success."

The program is an out-of-school activity that has meetings on a regular basis. Activities include helping a girl determine a choice of college, and preparing her with practice tests and information about admissions requirements. A large part of the program includes college tours. Girls go on bus tours throughout the state and to other states, visiting college campuses, learning about financial aid, and learning about life on campus. In addition, College Pathways helps cultivate a girl’s confidence in financial literacy, time management, and other life skills that will set her on the track towards collegiate success and economic self-sufficiency.

“Girl Scouts of Connecticut is deeply grateful to Travelers for supporting this programming since 2006,” said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Travelers’ generous assistance will continue to expose girls to college and career opportunities they might not have had before. Together, we will continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

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