History of CEO
Founder of CEO and current President of the Board, Dr. Lewis M. Andrews, was greatly inspired by an article in Forbes magazine. He encountered this inspiration while he was traveling on an airplane. The article was about a woman in Albany who was organizing a foundation offering access to private elementary schools to children who might not otherwise have the finances to attend an accredited private school of their choice. A strong advocate of education reform, Dr. Andrews contacted the foundation in Albany. After hearing what was being done in Albany he connected with a group in Bridgeport, Connecticut that was starting up, but had not yet received 501(c)(3) status. CEO acquired the non-profit status and joined forces with the start up group.
CEO was launched in August 1995 in Bridgeport partnering with Connecticut's start up group. CEO had 100 students who received a scholarship of $1,000 per qualified student. $100,000 was an impressive beginning to the foundation's future mission.
CEO expanded to Hartford in 1998. The number of CEO scholars grew to 200 students thanks to an anonymous donor who indicated when CEO gained it's official non profit status, this person would commit $1 million to support the work of CEO in Hartford. CEO received their 501(c)(3) status in December of 1997.
CEO welcomed scholars from New Haven in 1999. The program grew to 300 students with the average scholarship of $1,000 per academic year.
Today the annual academic scholarship has risen to $2,100 per student, or up to half the annual tuition. The foundation serves 400 scholars per year at over 30 private accredited schools in Connecticut.
Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, this year CEO expanded to include East Hartford.