Charlestown, Mass., April 2, 2018 – The Harvard-Kent Leadership and Scholarship Partnership, Inc. (HKLSP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides scholarships and enrichment programs to students at the Harvard-Kent Elementary School, today announced the launch of an Endowment Campaign with a goal of raising $250k this year and $1 million over the next three years.
Local leaders, residents, and the business community will kick-off the Endowment Fund with an evening reception on Wednesday, April 4, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Commandant’s House in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
The Endowment Fund will ensure permanent support for the HKLSP scholarship program that annually awards six $1,000 scholarships to students in third, fourth, and fifth grades. Since 2006, the program has awarded more than over $72,000 in scholarships and all recipients have gone on to attend college. Additionally, the Endowment Fund will be used for academic enrichment programs and teacher-driven initiatives.
The Harvard-Kent (grades K1-5) has one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the Boston Public School system and many students are economically disadvantaged and non-native English speakers.
Under the leadership of Principal Jason Gallagher and a dedicated faculty, Harvard-Kent students have consistently scored above Boston Public Schools’ average in English language arts, math, and science – and recently advanced from a Level 3 school to the state’s top designation of Level 1. “Community support from HKLSP has helped provide our faculty with a wealth of resources that excite students about the opportunities that come with a college education,” said Gallagher.
According to Stuart Murphy, president of HKLSP, “the Endowment Fund will support students on a path to college and open up a world of possibilities – enabling them to maximize their potential and make the dream of college a reality. We look forward to continuing our efforts of reaching students at an early age to show them the importance of higher education.”
“Our community is home to many successful financial, legal, technology, healthcare, life science, and insurance companies who know the value a college education has on a young person’s future,” said Richard Burtt, chairperson of the Endowment Fund. “Working together we can assure a long-term future for a program that has proven its success by providing students with the knowledge they need to compete in a global economy that is in need of a highly educated workforce.”
About Harvard-Kent Leadership and Scholarship Partnership
Founded in 2004, the HKLSP is a volunteer organization comprised of community members, parents, educators, and business leaders that provides scholarships, enrichment programs, and teacher grants to support a strong educational start to elementary students at the Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown, Mass. HKLSP works to promote the power of academic achievement at a young age through one-on-one mentoring, college application counseling, music education, field trips, community service projects, and more. Visit www.harvardkentpartnership.org
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