What’s the difference between a Promise Scholarship and Passport to Promise?

The Promise Scholarship is our flagship scholarship, covering up to 100% tuition at any in-state public school (or $2,500 at a private school). Both scholarships require 90% attendance during high school, 40 hours of community service, and a positive disciplinary record. You must live in New Haven and attend a New Haven public school in order to qualify for either.

Where they differ is in GPA requirements. The Promise Scholarship requires a 3.0 GPA upon graduation and covers everyone automatically assuming they’ve applied and meet the residency, attendance, service, and GPA requirements.

The Passport to Promise is a competitive scholarship, meaning you must apply and only 20 students will be awarded the scholarship each year. To apply to Passport to Promise you must have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99. Passport to Promise recipients receive $1,000 their freshman year of college and assuming they perform at a 2.0 GPA or better, they’ll be automatically enrolled in the Promise Scholarship as a Promise Scholar for the remainder of their degree up to 3 years.

The application process is very similar for both, but Passport to Promise applicants must also receive a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or administrator and write a short essay explaining why they deserve a Passport to Promise Scholarship.

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