On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, APT Foundation awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to sixteen recipients at a ceremony held at Gateway Community College. Eight people received scholarships to begin or continue their education at various Connecticut Community and State Colleges and Universities. Four are pursuing certifications in phlebotomy, HVAC and EMT. One is currently enrolled in the US Coast Guard’s Captain’s License course; another purchased digital camera equipment for his photography business; a third is completing certification in peer recovery support; and yet another is completing his welding certification. Nearly 80 attended the awards ceremony, including staff from all five APT programs and our Board Chair David Parachini.
The annual celebration is one of the more inspiring and enduring traditions at the Foundation, as there are not many better experiences than seeing, first hand, how the Client Continuing Education Scholarship Fund improves the lives of the deserving and amazing men and women in recovery who receive scholarships each year. One scholarship recipient expressed, “Without your generosity, students such as myself would not have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Thank you seems like such a small thing to say for the degree of generosity you have shown me.”
Recognizing the community’s need for an educated work force and that the costs of education prohibit many deserving students in recovery from fulfilling their educational dreams, initially the APT Client Continuing Education Scholarship Fund was established through an endowment left by Bernadette Schumann, RN. Today the Fund is supported through our many generous donors and friends who believe that people in recovery should have the opportunity to further their education.
Donations both large and small positively influence the lives of individuals in recovery.If you would like to support the APT Client Continuing Education Scholarship Fund and make a direct and tangible difference in the lives of our clients who work tirelessly to maintain their recovery, please contact the APT Foundation at 203-781-4600 or click on the DONATE button located at the top of our webpage.