New Haven Promise Fund - Special Funds & Initiatives - Leading on Issues - The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Since its founding in 2010, New Haven Promise has been The
Foundation’s largest and highest profile programmatic commitment. 

New Haven Promise's program consists of three pillars: 

To: College Access 

Through: College Success

 And Back: Career and Civic Launch.

Promise scholarships to qualifying graduates of New Haven Public Schools cover the full tuition to in-state public colleges and universities and a partial subsidy to in-state private colleges and universities.

A major strategy of New Haven Promise is to establish a college-going culture in the schools by engaging students and parents. 

To earn a Promise Scholarship, students must live in New Haven, attend New Haven public schools, and in high school earn a 3.0 GPA, have 90% attendance and demonstrate good behavior by not being expelled and by completing 40 hours of community service. The tuition benefit is scaled based on continuous and concurrent number of years student is a resident of New Haven and attends New Haven public schools. New Haven Promise applications must be filled out before March 31 of the eligible student’s senior year. 

Supporters of New Haven Promise include: the City of New Haven, Yale University, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Wells Fargo. 

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How can we help?

Patricia Melton
Executive Director,
New Haven Promise
Email Patricia


70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510



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