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 Jan. 27 and letters of recommendation must be received by March 31st.

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Need help with the essay portion of your Passport to Promise application? Not sure where to start, what to say, or how to finish? Contact our friends over at New Haven REACH for essay help.

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.