Eastern Expands Partnership with Promise


Beginning with the fall 2020 semester, Eastern Connecticut State University will expand its partnership with the New Haven Promise program to provide opportunities to students receiving New Haven Promise scholarships who are attending Eastern.

Starting with the high school graduating class of 2020, Eastern will provide $5,000 in a matching grant to each New Haven Promise student attending Eastern, in addition to any need-based financial aid they receive.  New Haven Promise Scholars will also have a guaranteed access to a job on Eastern’s campus, gaining valuable work experience while earning additional income to support their college education.

This guarantee of an on-campus job means that every New Haven Promise Scholar will be gaining important employability skills during their time at Eastern.  Many on-campus jobs—graphic designers, writers, lab assistants—are also directly linked to students’ majors, so they will be able to put those jobs on their resumes as indicators of skills related to their career field.

Eastern will also assign a full-time advisor to New Haven Promise scholars to provide them with the support they need to transition to college.

While the new agreement with the New Haven Promise represents a step forward, with added support on Eastern’s campus for New Haven Promise Scholars, students from the program have been attending Eastern for the past eight years. Over that time, 43 New Haven Promise Scholars have been admitted to Eastern, becoming leaders on campus while pursuing college degrees and aspiring to professional careers.

“Providing educational access to first-generation students is central to Eastern’s mission,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “This expansion of our partnership with the New Haven Promise program is another way we can fulfill our commitment to serving students from all backgrounds. We are excited about the opportunity to have more students from New Haven making their special contributions to our campus community.”


Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut’s public liberal arts university, serving 5,200 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 160 of Connecticut’s 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 33 other states and 80 other countries. A residential campus offering 41 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked among the top 30 public universities in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2019 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded “Green College” status by the Princeton Review nine years in a row.

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