How to Apply

There are three steps to receiving your Promise scholarship.

Step One: The NHP Student Pledge

The Student Pledge form must be filled out to enroll in the program. This serves two purposes. One, it creates a contract between you, your parents, and us. Two, it gives us the permission we need to share and receive information about you with your school and us. This also lets us the ability to determine your eligibility for the scholarship and share college-access opportunities and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Only online submissions will be permitted and we encourage students to begin this process in middle school. Filling out the form now will begin the process of awareness for New Haven Promise events, deadlines and other important information to come. If you are a senior and you haven’t filled out the pledge form, the application process will allow you to do so, but will also require a few additional steps.

Step Two: The NHP Application

For 2023 graduates, The Promise Application form must be filled out online and authorized by a parent or guardian by Friday, December 23, 2022.

New Haven students who are admitted to and enroll in a Connecticut in-state public 2- or 4-year college or university and who meet the following residency, civic behavior, and academic performance criteria:

• Be a New Haven resident and attend New Haven Public Schools or approved public charter schools
• Have a positive disciplinary record
• Complete the community service requirement
• Achieve 90% attendance or better during high school (grades 9-12)
• Achieve a cumulative 3.0-grade point average (GPA) or better upon graduation from New Haven public schools
• Maintain a 2.0 GPA during the years s/he is enrolled in post-secondary education to college

Once the school year has finished, Promise will review all your grades, attendance, residence, behavior, and community service hours to ensure your eligibility. You’ll receive a letter from Promise in the mail indicating your status.

For students who qualify, the letter will include a Scholarship Acceptance form.

For students who don’t qualify, the letter will explain the steps you can take to appeal the decision if you feel you’ve been wrongly denied. For instance, if you had a family emergency, a medical situation, or other extenuating circumstance you may still be eligible if you let us know.

New Haven Promise hosts workshops for students and parents. For details and registration, please click here.

Step Three: Scholarship Acceptance and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Once you receive word saying you’re qualified, we need you to complete the Acceptance Form you received with your letter and mail it back to us. This also serves as a signed document that lets us work with your college or university so we can ensure your money is correctly delivered to your college!

The Acceptance Form also has a deferment option. This holds your scholarship for up to a year. By submitting this form, you will be eligible for Promise’s paid internship opportunities and career development programs.

Send it to:

New Haven Promise
28 Lincoln Way
New Haven, CT 06510