The 2019 Voices of Hartford Success (VOHS) Essay Contest! 

Essay submissions: CLOSED

Stay tuned for the five (5) 2019 Essay Winners.

May 2019                                                                                                                     

All (2019) graduating high school seniors from the Hartford School District (Public) are eligible to apply.

For more details call: 860-702-3807 or email: 


Congratulations to the 2018 winners and thank you to all who submitted essays!

  • Benedicte Alula, Hartford Public High School (Southern New Hampshire University)
  • Tessa Komoroski, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (Wofford College)
  • Melody Rivera, Journalism and Media Academy (Central CT State University)
  • Ram Sanyasi, Hartford Public High School (Manchester Community College)
  • Elizabeth Torres-Baez, Hartford Public High School (Eastern CT State University)

Voices of Hartford Success (VOHS) is a collaborative project between The Hartford Consortium for Higher Education (HCHE), Aetna, the Hartford School District and several private individuals committed to and inspired by the youth of Hartford.

The VOHS is an essay contest, designed to showcase the strength, persistence and resilience of Hartford youth as they strive to go to college and on to successful lives. The Hartford community faces its share of well-documented challenges. ‘Voices of Hartford Success’ celebrates triumph in the face of those challenges.

High school seniors from the Hartford School District are asked to submit their college and scholarship essays. These essays highlight the commitment and drive students share in their college admissions essays. 

Our goal is to show that the youth of Hartford are resilient, goal-oriented, and successful even in the face of often serious obstacles. We want to share these success stories with a larger audience so that Hartford can rightly be recognized and celebrated as a city of striving youth, hope and success.

For more details: Tel: 860.702.3807