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Student Achievement

Education is the foundation for a successful life. For a child, quality education means better opportunities for employment, higher earnings, and good health. For the community, these benefits compound to result in more employed and engaged citizens. As the great equalizer, education is the surest path toward a share in the American dream.

Our Leadership Strategy

The Community Foundation for Greater Haven is committed to addressing education disparity and believes that education is the base upon which long-term social progress is built. Our grantmaking history has long reflected this view.


New Haven Promise  provides scholarships of up to 100% tuition to qualifying graduates of New Haven Public Schools attending a public college or university in Connecticut.  Since its founding, it has awarded scholarship benefits in excess of $5.2 Million for more than 1,000 students and their families in New Haven. The program also connects Promise scholars with local institutions and employers through mentorship and career-focused internships. 

New Haven Promise consists of three pillars: 

  1. To: College Access
  2. Through: College Success
  3.  And Back: Career and Civic Launch 

New Haven Promise was created in partnership by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Yale University and the New Haven Board of Education. It is the Foundation's largest programmatic commitment. The Community Foundation has provided approximately $3 Million in administrative support for New Haven Promise since 2010 and recently committed to an additional $1.3 Million over three years starting in 2017. 

Scholarships at The Foundation

The Community Foundation manages approximately 100 separate scholarship funds (including funds of the Valley Community Foundation) that distribute nearly $500,000 annually. 

Scholarships at The Community Foundation are distributed throughout the year from more than 100 funds. Of the scholarships available, only four are managed by The Foundation's Education Sub-committee. This Sub-committee is made up of Community Foundation Board members, staff and community volunteers and determines scholarship recipients in the Spring of each year. 

Education Grantmaking

Over the last decade, The Community Foundation has invested more than $11 million in discretionary funds to a variety of education programs serving all ages. 

Recent investments include $1 Million in the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (ConnCAT), an education center that teaches urban youth and young adults job skills that are relevant in today’s marketplace.


How can we help?

Sarah J. H. Fabish

Vice President for Grantmaking & Scholarships 203-777-7075 Email Sarah

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