New Haven Promise Scholarship Program Celebrates College Day

May 3, 2011

For Immediate Release
Betsy Yagla
New Haven Promise
office: 203 776 6473
cell: 203 823 0410



New Haven Promise launches "Pathway to Promise"
New Haven to become one of the nation's first school districts to create a district-wide preK-12 college-going program


(NEW HAVEN) - Today New Haven Promise: Partnership announced the second of its three support systems, "Pathway to Promise: A Yearlong Journey Toward Your Future Success" and piloted the first "College Day."

New Haven Promise is now a two prong program. New Haven Promise: Scholarship provides up to 100% tuition at in-state public universities and colleges and up to $2,500 to in-state private nonprofit universities and colleges for qualifying New Haven public school students who live in New Haven. New Haven Promise: Partnership is the support system designed to create a college-going culture in all New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) and in the community.

"By fostering a college-going culture in all New Haven Public Schools and in the community, New Haven Promise: Partnership seeks to motivate students and inspire them to start thinking early about college and their future careers," said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.  "This partnership is another component of the School Change initiative aimed at making college the next step in the academic lives of New Haven Public School students."

"Pathway to Promise is an essential ingredient to creating a long-term college-going culture in New Haven. Engaging the youngest members of our community early on helps them to better understand the cumulative impact of academic achievement on future success and helps them to better see real-life examples of the benefits to a college education," says Will Ginsberg, President & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

New Haven Public Schools is one of the first school districts in the nation to implement a preK-12 college-going program. On May 3, after the announcement in which Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo spoke about his experience as the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college, teachers across the New Haven Public School district told students their personal stories about how they became teachers and how a college education helped them reach their goals.

"College made a huge difference in my life," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. "College made me what I am today and enabled to me to fulfill my dreams. I want the same for New Haven students. New Haven Promise's generous scholarships and our School Change reforms seek to send as many City students as possible to college. I want College Day to help build a 'Culture of College' in the New Haven Public Schools."

NHPS will pilot "Pathway to Promise" in May and June; the full curriculum will be launched in the fall. Starting in June and continuing next year, preK-8 schools will hold "College Day" once a month on a date of the teachers' choice.

"Pathway to Promise" maps to the work being done in the high schools through the District's partnership with College Summit. College Summit, a nationally recognized nonprofit helps students connect the dots between college and career goals and the academic decisions they make each day. 
College Summit has been working in Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School since 2009. Over the next four years, College Summit will be phased in to all New Haven Public School high schools thanks to Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven Promise: Partnership's flagship sponsor and Wells Fargo.

"We are delighted to support New Haven Promise and its ability to transform lives," said Marna P. Borgstrom, president and CEO, Yale-New Haven Hospital. "Education will continue to be the foundation that helps build this community by providing a talented future workforce."

New Haven Promise: Scholarship is funded by Yale University. New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support program housed at and administered by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.