August 27, 2014

Dear Connecticut Communities,

The Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities has been operating since 1998, providing scholarships for seniors with disabilities graduating from Connecticut high schools. There have been a multitude of volunteers involved including the Board of Directors and Officers, Scholarship Judges, and others who have made it possible for us to fulfill our mission.

Over the past 4 months, difficult discussions have occurred regarding the continuation of the Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities, given the current economic environment and the small number of active Board members. It has been particularly challenging to fill volunteer Chair and Officer Positions on a Board that is responsible for the full operation of the organization. With three of the current Officers transitioning out of their positions and off of the Board at the end of their terms this year, there is a lack of “depth on the bench” in regard to future leaders. In addition, GCYD has had fewer corporate sponsors than in the past, requiring the organization to operate on a very marginal budget. And so with heartfelt disappointment, a super majority motion was approved to dissolve the Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities as of September 1st, 2014.

I would like to thank all of the present and past Board members that have put many hours in to make GCYD successful. We have disseminated over 266 scholarships over the years, which has assisted the recipients with accomplishing their educational and training goals.

The GCYD Board would like to express our gratitude for our sponsors and friends of GCYD. In addition, we appreciate all of the time and effort put forth by the scholarship judges who have participated in the arduous judging process to select GCYD scholarship recipients over the years. We could not have done this without you.

The GCYD Board would like to extend our appreciation for Governor Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Wyman for being a part of awards ceremonies over the years and recognizing the recipients for the hard work that led to them receiving scholarships.

It has been a privilege and honor to serve as Chair for the past 2 years and as a past board member. I will continue to work on the dissolution process until we close officially on September 1st.


Melissa Dennis
GCYD Chair