Each year, the New Haven Promise Legacy Award is awarded to a recently graduated Scholar who has shown a genuine commitment to their education, to fellow Scholars and to the city of New Haven.
New Haven Promise is proud to announce Fontaine Chambers as the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award. She will be awarded at the 2016 Scholar Celebration to be held at the Lyman Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University on August 11.
Chambers — a graduate of Wilbur Cross High School and the University of Connecticut — credits New Haven Promise’s support for first-generation students of low socio-economic backgrounds as instrumental in her decision to attend UConn.
“Fontaine has already established herself as a leader who is deeply committed to her community,” said Promise President Patricia Melton. “She will leave her mark in a big way.”
With her political science degree — and a minor in Criminal Justice — Chambers plans to apply to law school and pursue a career in the criminal justice system or in corporate law. Currently interning with a criminal defense attorney and working full time, she has been accepted into a Master’s Program at UConn and she hopes to one day become a lawyer and own her own firm.
While at UConn, Chambers became Vice President of Community Relations for a student group at her college that worked with at-risk youth. Along with volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club, Chambers proved to be an influential and inspiring tutor, mentor, and role model for students at her college and in New Haven. Chambers’ citizenship is evident in the various active leadership roles that she has undertaken in her communities.
Chambers — who wants to continue traveling and meeting new people — twice had the opportunity to study abroad in London while in college, experiences she describes as profound.
Committed to her community and dreams of leaving an “everlasting impact,” Chambers dreams of “truly making a difference,” of being an inspiring role model for young ladies, and of motivating her family and students from New Haven to reach success.
— Jennifer Gonzalez