Supporting our Scholars’ college success and career preparation

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We connect young adults to industry, business, and civic leaders.

We provide incentive-based scholarship funding as a lever to break intergenerational poverty.

Investing in talent to build a stronger and more vibrant city

• Incentivize academic
• Career exploration      

   through service learning
• College advising

• FAFSA workshops


23,000 K-12 Students

• Academic support
• Peer-to-peer mentorship
• Career readiness through

   paid internships
• Professional 

   development for
   career launch
• Managing college

   scholarships & loan debt


900 College Scholars

Back New Haven.

1,000 Alumni

• Entry-level career 
• Leadership development
• Civic & community

• Generational wealth 


What We Do

We partner with students, families, colleges, community-based organizations, and businesses to strengthen academic skills and career preparedness.

Faces of Promise

from New Haven

are students of color

attend in-state colleges

are from households that earn 
under $60K

are first-generation to college

are from households that earn under $30K







Hannah Providence
B.A. UNewHaven ’21
Senior Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank

Breylin Jones
B.A. CCSU ’17
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Yale New Haven Health

Our Impact

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What We Do

Promise Alumni like Niasia Mercado-Walters (SCSU ’15) are building families and buying homes.

Jordy Padilla (UNewHaven ’15, Rutgers ’21) has become an engineer working on New Haven’s Q-Bridge and New York’s Queensboro Bridge. Take a look back 7 years in this video to hear from Jordy's younger self.

Faces of PromiseA Call To Action

Empowering students and young adults to achieve their academic and professional dreams

We launch young people TO college and support them THROUGH college on their way to becoming leaders of our city.

Fontaine Chambers (UConn ’16, Quinnipiac ’24) takes us through her Law School journey and shares advice on how young law students can follow in her footsteps.

Alex Guzhnay (Yale ’24) is pulling his leadership skills and community experience to the forefront as New Haven’s Ward 1 alder.

Wealth Generators
By 2030, it is expected that 2,000 Promise Scholar Alumni will return to New Haven. They will earn $5.7 BILLION in their lifetime.
Over a lifetime, SCHOLAR DOLLARS are re-invested in our community contributing significantly to a stronger New Haven.

Helpful Links

Core Founders

Contact UsSign Up For NewsletterStudent PortalPennington Scholarship AnnouncementCommunity Service Requirements/OpportunitiesFAFSACT.ORG
Our Impact


total investment in scholarships 


Four-Year College Graduation Rate

vs 59.8% National Average


NHP alumni return to the Greater New Haven region

Undergraduate Debt


vs $30,000 National Average

internships and jobs brokered by Promise for our scholars and alumni


We need your help to serve our diverse, mostly first-generation and low-income students. You can support our community in four ways:

A Call To Action

O: (203) 776-6473Fax: (203) 785-0082

The James W.C. Pennington Scholarship Funded by Yale University: 

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