Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection helps students stay in high school and graduate by providing them with in-school supports and part-time employment opportunities.

Working in a unique partnership with Wegmans Food Markets and other private employers, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) operates in communities with dramatically high dropout rates, and connects young people in grades 7–12 with school-based professional youth advocates who provide academic support, life skills coaching and job training in and out of school.

By developing skills, knowledge and work habits, participants graduate from high school better prepared to pursue post-secondary education or employment. The program continues to support students for up to two years after high school graduation. 

HW-SC is an independent organization affiliated with the Hillside Family of Agencies.


EMCF invested $7,250,000 in HW-SC from 2006 to 2015. This investment helped strengthen its organizational capacity, data management system, outcome measures, and training processes.

During the investment period, HW-SC grew from serving 965 to 3,928 youth and expanded to several new cities and one new state. Annual revenues grew from $3.6 million to $13.7 million. HW-SC completed an implementation study and a feasibility study for rigorous evaluation. This investment also supported two business planning processes, which guided HW-SC’s expansion throughout upstate New York and into Prince George’s County, MD.


Learn more about Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection at www.hillside.com.