Every student who resides in New Haven and attends the city’s public schools has the opportunity to become a Promise Scholar. There is no limit to the number of Promise Scholarships awarded each year.
As more students meet the demands for their Promise Scholarship, our number of qualified applicants are growing year-after-year. As of the fall 2013, 423 students have received Promise benefits.
This year, Promise will have disbursed nearly $1 million in scholarships. Our Promise Scholarships cover up to 100% of college tuition for applicants with 90% attendance, a 3.0 GPA, and at least 40 hours of community service completed during high school. Our newest scholarship, Passport to Promise, is a competitive scholarship for students with a 2.5-2.9 GPA and requires an essay.
The 2013 Scholar Celebration — held at the Omni in August — drew more than 450 dynamic Scholars, families, friends and guests. Along with our current college freshmen, the event welcomed such distinguished guests as Senator Richard Blumenthal, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., Community Foundation President William Ginsberg, NHPS Superintendent Garth Harries, Gateway Community College President Dr. Dorsey Kendrick, Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, Yale President and Promise Board Chair Peter Salovey, and Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.
Promise is seeing huge demand for our scholarships, which support up to 100% of college tuition for New Haven public school students to any participating in-state college of their choice.
To qualify for either a Promise or Passport to Promise Scholarship, applicants must complete at least 40 hours of community service during high school. The Class of 2013 alone donated 24,646 hours of service directly to New Haven.