Jim Shelton of the New Haven Register reported Thursday evening:
The New Haven Promise scholarship program got a national shout-out Thursday at a White House summit on expanding college opportunities to lower income students.
Yale University President Peter Salovey and dozens of other college presidents, civic leaders and education advocates accepted President Barack Obama’s call to action on the issue at a daylong conference. Yale was one of 100 colleges and 40 other organizations that agreed to new measures for identifying potential college students, helping them through the application process and assisting them in the adjustment to college life.
“I am so proud that Yale and New Haven and the New Haven Promise effort were singled out, and I am delighted to report that there was a high level of interest in what we are doing here in New Haven,” Salovey said, as the summit concluded. “If we can be a model for other universities and public school systems in developing innovative programs and pathways to educational achievement, I’m all for it.”
In the afternoon session, educators mentioned the New Haven Promise scholarship program as a successful example for bringing more families to higher education.