Key Hyundai Pays for A’s Deemed Success After Milford High School Students receive nearly $10,000

Key Hyundai of Milford concludes successful Pays for A's program after area high school students received nearly $10,000 for good grades after just one marking period. The Connecticut Hyundai dealer plans to reach even more students next year.
By: Jill Merriam, Dealer For The People
Foran students get Paid for A's at Key Hyundai
Foran students get Paid for A's at Key Hyundai
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Jan. 19, 2012 - PRLog -- Key Hyundai of Milford’s ambitious Pays for A’s program has come to a close, after paying local high school students a total of $10,000 for receiving As in academic rigorous classes.

Key Hyundai of Milford Pays for A’s distributed nearly $10,000 to local high school students

What started as a “crazy idea” from general sales manager Sal Sinardi of Key Hyundai of Milford (, quickly billowed into a social media success as scores of Milford students from Jonathan Law, Joseph A. Foran, the Academy and Platt Tech arrived in droves to collect Westfield Post Mall Gift Cards in exchange for receiving a 90 or better in each academic class.

Promised $10 per academic A, Key Hyundai of Milford paid up, and with an annual budget of $10,000, this was quickly reached after just the first marking period.

“The students had to simply come to the dealership with report card in hand, and bring their parent and a high school ID, and we paid up,” said Sal Sinardi, GM of Key Hyundai of Milford. “It was a great way to reward these kids for hard work, and to congratulate their parents for a job well done. We got to meet some pretty extraordinary kids: Milford should be very proud; I know I am.”

While the initial reporting neglected the first couple weeks of 30-50 unaccounted Milford students, the records to date indicate 230 students were paid a total of $9,300. Here’s how the numbers worked out:

Joseph A. Foran    88 Students      225 As
Jonathan Law       64 Students      180 As
Platt Tech      68 Students      246 As
The Academy      10 students       29 As

Westfield Connecticut Post Mall Gift Cards distributed: a whopping 402 (not counting the initial 30-50 students who arrived prior to tracking!).

For the record the gift cards are only available in $20 denominiations (with a $3 service fee: boo American Express), so the out of pocket expense to Key Hyundai of Milford likely surpassed $10,000. That’s a lot of cash – and a lot of happy, extremely bright high school students headed to the CT Post Mall, courtesy of Key Hyundai of Milford.

Key Hyundai Pays for A's benefits Milford students from Connecticut High Schools of Law, Foran, Platt Tech & the Academy.

Key Hyundai Pays for A’s was originally going to extend the entire academic school year of 2011-2012, but the yearly quota of $10,000 decided by owner Jill Merriam was exceeded after just the first marking period. “These kids are remarkable,” said Jill Merriam. “Their faces are on our Facebook page ( and they are just so inspiring!”

“This is the top of our agenda for next year,” said Merriam. “We’re going to explore how to best revisit this program, with perhaps smaller payouts, to reach more and ore students. No doubt it was a success, and these kids will be back!”

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Connecticut’s Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford are owned and operated by Jill Merriam, the Dealer For The People, who is revamping the car business with her personal, fully transparent approach to getting CT drivers into nicer, newer cars they can afford to drive. Key Hyundai of Milford is located at 566 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, CT 06460. Key Hyundai of Manchester is located at 21 Hartford Turnpike | Route 83 in Vernon, CT 06066. 1-800-450-1422 or visit for more information.
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