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.

2014 Highlights

  • HW-SC hired as its new president Augustin Melendez, a 13-year veteran of Eastman Kodak Company.
  • HW-SC served a total of 4,111 students and improved retention, helping a monthly average of 3,714 youth.

  • Syracuse City School District formally agreed to $1.1 million a year in renewable funding for HW-SC.
  • The Social Impact Exchange named HW-SC to its S&I 100 index of top-performing U.S. nonprofits.

Youth Served

Revenue (in MILLIONS)


Students beginning their senior year who graduate high school


Annual grade promotion rates
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