What If I Don’t Have A 3.0?

The requirements for New Haven Promise include a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average, but those who have fallen just shy of the mark and have demonstrated commitment and improvement, still have an opportunity.

passport-2Passport to Promise, a competitive scholarship for 20 selected students each year, is for those who meet all the other Promise requirements, but have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0. It requires a bit more effort in the form of a letter of reference and a 350-word essay, but selected students will earn a $1,000 stipend as a freshman and the opportunity for a full Promise scholarship if they can meet Promise’s college requirements.

Scholarship winners will be selected based on:

  • Strong attendance record, determined by number of absences
  • 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 materials must be received by midnight April 30th.
  • 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 form closed Thursday, May 8. The letter of recommendation should tell us specifically about:

  • The student’s academic strengths
  • The student’s academic challenges
  • The student’s work ethic and resource-seeking skills
  • 3 thoughts on “What If I Don’t Have A 3.0?

    1. This is a great way for students who are getting stronger academically to earn money for college. I am the new Data Officer at New Haven Promise. During my time as a Financial Aid Advisor at Post University, many to students fell short because of lack of funds. We are trying to make our scholarship more accessible to students.

    2. Hello Vontresse… Passport scholars will be selected by committee following a complete and independent review of materials, including essays and letters of recommendation. One of the measures of emphasis for the committee will be that a student demonstrates an improving GPA from year to year.

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