Trinity College Celebrates Its Scholarship Donors and Recipients at 18th Annual Scholars Reception

Alfonso L. Carney, Jr. ’70, Cassandra Henderson Carney, M.D., ’75, and Donald Haffenden, Jr. ’14 Discuss the Impact of Scholarships

​Hartford, Connecticut, May 10, 2017 – “To whom much is given, much is required” is a favorite saying of Donald Haffenden, Jr. ’14 and one that he reinforced during his speech at Trinity College’s 18th annual Scholars Reception. Nearly 250 attendees came to the event, which was held in Mather Hall’s Washington Room on April 6, honoring the donors who invest in the future of Trinity students and recognizing the recipients of more than 450 named scholarships. “The celebration highlights the tangible impact of scholarship support, which is instrumental in transforming lives,” says Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. The Trinity College Scholars Program matches scholarships to nearly 700 Trinity students.


​Cassandra Henderson Carney, M.D., ’75, Alfonso L. Carney, Jr. ’70, President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, and Donald Haffenden, Jr. ’14 gather at the Scholars Reception. Photo by Defining Studios. Click here for more photos.
Featured speakers were Alfonso L. Carney, Jr. ’70 and Cassandra Henderson Carney, M.D., ’75, founding members of Trinity’s Black Alumni Organization, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. With fellow alumnus Jack C. Barthwell ’72, they established the Black American Alumni Scholarship Fund in 1993. The Carneys, who also were Trinity scholars, expressed the need for today’s scholars to fulfill their promise and one day to give back to the College that has been so important in their lives.

Haffenden, a recipient of the Black American Alumni Scholarship Fund while at the College and an educator for Achievement First, a network of 33 nonprofit, college-prep K-through-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island, expressed gratitude for his Trinity education. “Trinity not only propelled my professional career, but it also impacted the lives of others,” he says. “It offered me the best opportunity to take charge of that distinction and to pay it forward.”

Click here to view the Scholars Reception video.

Written by Julia S. Chianelli