New Haven Promise Supports City’s Future

Graduates Stay Local to Live, Work and Help New Haven Grow

New Haven Promise alumni strengthen the city’s economic foundation. Photo Courtesy of New Haven Promise

Since it launched in 2010, New Haven Promise has seen more than 800 of its scholarship recipients earn college degrees, with nearly 300 going on to receive master’s degrees. More than just developing young minds, New Haven Promise is also building an economic foundation for the city’s future. Nearly 90 percent of Promise alumni are staying in the area to live and pursue their careers, according to President Patricia Melton.

“It’s exciting,” says Melton. “A good percentage are making more than their family’s household income and we have many earning twice their household income.” In addition to providing up to full tuition to qualifying New Haven Public School graduates, Promise also connects its scholars to career opportunities through career and internship fairs and provides structured support for job searches. Promise was created through a partnership between The Foundation, Yale University and the City of New Haven, and remains one of The Foundation’s largest funding commitments.