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Arthur L. Teal, Sr. Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 28, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

Arthur Teal was passionate about helping children, both professionally and personally, “He always loved children,” says Alyce Teal of her husband who died in 2015.

Arthur grew up in the inner city projects of Hartford, the youngest of 11 children. He graduated from Hartford Public High School, then earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and master’s degrees in social work and public administration, from Boston University and the University of Hartford, respectively.

“He really had to do it on his own. He wasn’t in an environment that encouraged its youth to go on to higher education,” states daughter Lysa Teal. 

Arthur’s education enabled him to serve children as director of social services for the City of Hartford and later as program director at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Arthur was a founding member of the Greater Hartford Alliance of Black Social Workers.

His work carried over into his personal life. “Arthur always wanted to foster children,” Alyce notes. With five children, Alyce didn’t see how it could work. “When the last of our children went to college, he asked about it again,” she relates, adding, “We took in teenagers who stayed with us until they aged out of foster care.”

Arthur also worked with children through an after-school program he organized and through his involvement at North United Methodist Church. “He mentored many children and encouraged them to think big…His story inspired the next generation,” Lysa says, proudly.

It is the next generation of social workers who will benefit from – and be inspired by – this scholarship, designated for the Greater Hartford Alliance of Black Social Workers for students in the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Preference will be given to African American students entering the second year of the master’s degree program.

“We’ve been giving annually to the Alliance, but we want to create a fund that will last forever,” Lysa says of her family’s decision to establish a permanent endowment. “Education was just so important to our dad and providing a scholarship to benefit future social workers seems a fitting tribute.”

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