Apply for Passport to Promise

New Haven Promise is proud to offer Passport to Promise, a competitive scholarship for students with cumulative, weighted, GPAs between 2.5-2.99. This scholarship is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated a strong work ethic and resource-seeking skills, which have enabled them to improve their grades during their high school career.

Promise will award a maximum of 20 one-time scholarships in the amount of $1,000. This money will be distributed evenly over two semesters directly to your in-state school toward the cost of tuition. Passport recipients who maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher each semester of their freshman year will be eligible for a full Promise Scholarship in subsequent years.

Eligibility Rules

  • You are a New Haven resident in the New Haven public school system as of October 1st of your 9th grade year.
  • You have great civic behavior in grades 9-12, including a positive disciplinary record, a minimum of 40 hours of community service, and 90% attendance or better during high school (meaning no more than 72 absences).

Selection Criteria

Scholarship winners will be selected based on:

  • Strong attendance record, determined by number of absences and tardies
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA (weighted), with an upward trend over the last three years of high school
  • Strong work ethic and resource-seeking skills as demonstrated in student essay and teacher/counselor recommendation
  • Please note: Only complete applications will be considered. All student materials must be received by Dec. 31st and letters of recommendation must be received by March 31st.

How to apply

  • At the end of the New Haven Promise Scholarship application, there will be button to click if you are interested in completing the Passport to Promise application as well. There is a box for your 350-word essay which should describe your academic strengths and challenges. You should also tell us what you’ll do in college to make sure you maintain a C average (2.0 GPA) in college. Be specific!
  • You will also be asked some basic information about your recommender. You should request such a letter well in advance from the teacher, counselor or administrator who has particular insight to your background and commitment as a student. The letter of recommendation must be submitted by March 31st. The letter of recommendation should tell us specifically about:
    1. The student’s academic strengths.
    2. The student’s academic challenges.
    3. The student’s work ethic and resource-seeking skills.