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The Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities (GCYD) scholarship information is available at  Please share this information with students with disabilities who are graduating this year, and the families and network partners who serve them.  Completed scholarship applications must be received by December 20, 2013.
GCYD has moved to an online scholarship application, available at  The link to the application is on the homepage under “Updates,” or you can follow the link:  
GCYD has outlined information to help students with the application process, and individuals who may be offering guidance.  Please see the attached document for more information, as well as the attached “Student Consent and High School Certification” form that must be signed and uploaded as part of the application.
The Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities (GCYD) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of volunteers, whose mission is to provide scholarships to qualified high school students with disabilities seeking to continue their training or education.  Through the generosity of several state agencies, state and private colleges, businesses, and individual donors, GCYD is able to award financial scholarships to deserving high students with disabilities on an annual basis.  Please see the GCYD website at for more information.
The GCYD seeks a diverse pool of applicants.  The eligibility criteria are described below and at
Please email any questions to  Thank you for distributing this scholarship information to eligible students with disabilities and their families, and for any assistance you may be able to offer students/families with the application process.






With an endearing smile and an eagerness to belong, Paige is a thirteen year old young lady who is looking for a family who will love her for who she is.

With an endearing smile and an eagerness to belong, Paige is a thirteen year old young lady who is looking for a family who will love her for who she is and claim her for their very own.  Despite her traumatic past, Paige has a resilient personality and needs a very specific family who can understand her unique challenges and give her the love and devoted attention she needs to grow and thrive. 

 An experienced two parent family; with no other children or animals in the home, will be the best match for Paige.  She is working hard with her therapeutic team to prepare for adoption and her family will receive a professional level of training in order to learn about her trauma history and the best parenting approach for her.  In so many ways Paige is a very typical teenager.  She loves all kinds of animals, doing arts and crafts, swimming and sledding.  She has a favorite teddy bear named "Angel" and her warm hearted personality is evident when you meet her. 

 Paige is a thoughtful and caring child.  Known for her quick hugs, smile and energy, she responds openly to adults whom she meets.  When anxious, her behaviors require constant attention in order to assist Paige with her focus.  She often verbalizes her desire to live with a family and is beginning to question whether or not that special family will be found.

 Paige's family will need to understand her fears and let her have some semblance of control over how she expresses herself.  With strong therapeutic supports over the long-term, Paige has great potential to be able to leave her hospital setting and join a family.  Services and supports in school help her achieve her 8th grade classroom goals and like most kids her age, getting up in the morning can be a challenge!

 Her relationship with her grandparents is extremely important and Paige needs a family who will provide consistency in maintaining the bond she shares with them.  Any family considering Paige will see that her strength of character has kept her moving forward amidst life’s struggle. 

Contact:  Kathy DePasquale, (860) 550-6511 or
Adoption Resource Exchange
Department of Children and Families,
505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Paul Gressly, MSW
Children Service Consultant
Department of Children and Families
Office of Foster and Adoption Services
505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Work: (860) 550-6559/ Mobile: (860) 819-2280
Fax: (860) 560-7079