Promise Pledges Due Nov 30, Seniors Must Sign to Apply for Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, November 10, 2011
 
 
 
CONTACT:
Christopher Hoffman
203-946-8450
 
 
 
 
NEW HAVEN PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PLEDGES DUE NOVEMBER 30, SENIORS MUST SIGN TO APPLY
 
 
 
New Haven Promise Pledges must be signed and submitted by November 30, a step seniors must take to apply for Promise college scholarships later this year.
 
 
 
By signing the pledge, the first step toward a New Haven Promise scholarship, students commit to get good grades, attend school regularly, demonstrate good behavior and do community service.
 
 
 
Pledges must be signed by the high school student and their parent or guardian and turned in to his or her guidance counselor.
 
 
 
“I urge all students, especially seniors, to sign Promise Pledges,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “Signing a Promise Pledge -- a commitment to good grades, regular attendance, good behavior and community service -- is the first step toward a Promise scholarship. College transforms lives and uplifts families. I want New Haven students and their families to take full advantage of Promise and better their lives.”
 
 
 
New Haven Promise, a joint program of Yale University and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, provides city residents with scholarships to in-state colleges and universities. To qualify, students must live and study in New Haven, earn at least a 3.0 GPA, have 90% attendance and positive disciplinary records and perform community service.
 
 
 
These are goals that New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) has for all students, whether or not they are college-bound. Students earn better grades and  have better attendance, better behavior and higher graduation rates when parents are involved in their educations, according to studies. NHPS is proud to partner with New Haven Promise in promoting parental engagement. NHPS and Promise hope that parents will encourage their children to work hard and to earn Promise scholarships.
 
 
 
Promise scholarships for this year’s seniors will cover up to 50% the tuition at Connecticut public colleges or universities and up to $1,250 at private, nonprofit colleges or universities in Connecticut. Last year, 112 New Haven seniors received the first Promise scholarships.
 
 
 
For more information, call New Haven Promise at (203) 776-6437.