What’s the status of my Promise (or Passport) scholarship?

You might be wondering what the status of your Promise scholarship is, and the answer is: it’s received, we’re awaiting your final grades, and you’ll be hearing from us in the mail in July.

The Promise Scholarship requires New Haven students in the class of 2015 to have a 3.0 GPA, 90% high school attendance (no more than 72 absences), and to complete 40 hours of community service. The Passport to Promise Scholarship requires New Haven students in the class of 2015 to have a 2.5-2.9 GPA and be trending up each year, complete with 90% attendance (no more than 72 absences) and 40 hours of community service. We have twenty Passport scholarships to award.

If you meet those requirements and you’ve applied for your Promise Scholarship, there’s not much to worry about. But we have to make sure; so we get grades, attendance, and community service records from your school. But we can only get that information once the school year is over and that information has been entered and approved by the schools. In most cases, we’ll be receiving that information at the very end of June. It’ll take us a couple of weeks to review everyone’s grades and print letters to mail to your home via the US Postal Service. So look for our acceptance or (hopefully not) a denial letter in July.

If you’re accepted for either scholarship, you’ll be asked to notify us of your acceptance and final school choice. From there, we’ll begin the process of disbursing your tuition dollars to your school’s bursar office.

If you’re denied, you’ll be able to write an appeal explaining why you think you should receive the scholarship. An appeals committee will then review your case and we’ll be in touch.

Until then, congratulations to all the graduates of the Class of 2013 and enjoy your first summer as a high school graduate!

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