AT&T foundation AWARDS $15,000 GRANT TO fund college scholarships for East Lyme students

October 30, 2015

EAST LYME, Conn. (Oct. 30, 2015) – AT&T* Foundation it has awarded a $15,000 grant to the East Lyme Board of Education to fund scholarships for local high school seniors participating in the state’s Coastal Connections program.

Coastal Connections was inspired by the Big Picture Learning Model, which provides students with individualized guidance from advisors, parents, teachers, mentors and fellow students. The program assigns each student a primary advisor, who works with the students’ parents and the students themselves to create in-depth Personalized Learning Plans – which include year-by-year strategies that help students achieve academic goals and gain real-world experience through professional internship opportunities.

The East Lyme Board of Education will use the $15,000 AT&T Foundation grant to create scholarships and award financial assistance to Coastal Connections students hoping to pursue higher education opportunities.

“We are proud to support the East Lyme Board of Education and the Coastal Connection program here in Connecticut,” said AT&T Connecticut External Affairs Director Kelly Bettuchi. “Programs like this ensure all of our local students receive opportunities they need to succeed, both in their academic careers and professional futures. We look forward to seeing these young students thrive in college and beyond.”

“The Coastal Connection program creates invaluable opportunities for young students whose academic careers may have otherwise ended after high school,” said state Sen. Paul Formica (R – Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, Waterford). “I am grateful for AT&T for its generous investment in our town’s youth and applaud East Lyme’s teachers, advisors and education professionals for their efforts in creating such a successful program.”