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In alignment with the launch of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the senior application for New Haven Promise is now open for the Class of 2019. On this common application, students can submit their candidacy for five different Promise opportunities:
The New Haven Promise Scholarship is the primary scholarship offered by Promise. Applicants who earn this scholarship have a 3.0 cumulative GPA over the four years of high school, miss less than 10% days of school (72 over four years), performed 40 verifiable hours of community service with accepted non-profits within the city of New Haven, reside within the city for the entire duration of high school (until graduation) and attended public schools in New Haven all four years of high school.
The Passport To Promise Scholarship is a second-chance scholarship — chosen by committee — limited to 20 awardees who meet all the Promise requirements, but whose cumulative GPA falls between 2.5 and 2.9. Applicants are required to submit an essay as well as the name, title and email address of a recommender.
The UConn Commitment is available to Promise scholars who are eligible for state institutional aid and enroll in the University of Connecticut system. To receive the $5,000 annual benefit, students must enroll at UConn in the fall after their high school graduation, stay continuously enrolled and maintain academic eligibility.
The Southern Connecticut State University Community Ambassador Scholarship is available to 10 Promise scholars who choose to attend SCSU. The recipients are selected from a competitive pool and will receive residential scholarships covering housing expenses (room, not board) for the academic year in exchange for leadership obligations. Applicants are required to submit an essay as well as the name, title and email address of a recommender.
The Albertus Magnus College Residential Scholarship is available to selected Promise scholars who choose to attend Albertus Magnus College and automatically renews as long as student remain eligible for Promise funding. The benefit for those chosen is $19,000 in tuition assistance plus a generous stipend for room and board costs. Applicants are required to submit an essay as well as the name, title and email address of a recommender.
Any student interested in applying for these scholarships must complete the senior application, even if they have already finished a Promise pledge previously. All applications MUST be authorized by a parent/guardian by the deadline (Dec. 21, 2018), which means late submissions could be jeopardized.
The inclusion of a personal statement is required for three of the scholarships — Passport to Promise, the SCSU Community Ambassador Scholarship and the Albertus Magnus Residential Scholarship. The specifics are included as part of the application and it must be noted that successful essays are those that answer the specified questions and show adherence to grammar, punctuation, spelling and proper use of case.
The 2019 New Haven Promise Senior Application can be found here. Those who have pledged should start the senior application under “Continue Your Application.” If unsure, those students should consult their senior counselor or contact the New Haven Promise office at (203) 776-6473.
REQUIREMENTS TO EARN NEW HAVEN PROMISE
• Live in the city and attend a New Haven public school for at least one’s entire high school career (through graduation);
• Have a positive disciplinary record;
• Complete the requirement of 40 hours of community service at City of New Haven non-profits and approved sites;
• Meet 90% attendance or better (miss no more than 72 days total, excused or unexcused) during high school (grades 9-12);
• Receive a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on a traditional 4.0 scale upon graduation from a New Haven public school; and
• Earn a diploma at the time of the high school’s graduation.