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    New Haven Promise Congratulates Scholarship Recipients

    (7/21/2011) (NEW HAVEN) — New Haven Promise awarded the first scholarships to students attending Connecticut colleges and universities this fall.

    There were 151 students who applied and qualified for a Promise scholarship by living in New Haven, attending New Haven public schools, earning at least a 3.0 GPA, having 90% attendance, a positive disciplinary record and completing 10 hours of community service in their senior year. Of the 151, 110 accepted the scholarship, which can be used at any in-state two- or four-year public college or university and at any in-state two- or four-year private, nonprofit college or university.

    “There is no greater investment the City can make than ensuring our young people have the academic tools and financial resources to successfully compete in college,” said City of New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “This first class of New Haven Promise scholars has demonstrated hard work, academic excellence, commitment to community and ambition for the future and as a result of that earned their scholarships.”

    “We congratulate these first Promise scholarship recipients on being selected,” said William W. Ginsberg, President & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. “We have confidence that they will take full advantage of the extraordinary opportunity before them by setting high goals, working hard and achieving at a high level. We expect that they will turn this promise into a brighter future not only for themselves, but for this community.”

    In a graduation-style ceremony on Thursday, July 21 to honor New Haven Promise scholars, students were praised by New Haven Promise Ex-Officio Board of Directors Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., Community Foundation for Greater New Haven CEO and President Will Ginsberg and Yale University President Richard Levin. State of Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman gave the keynote address.

    “What a great accomplishment! These young people believed in their dreams, and they worked hard to achieve them,” said Gateway Community College President Dr. Dorsey Kendrick. “They can look ahead with hope that college is not just an option, it is a reality. They are the best, and they deserve access to success.”

    “I’m very proud of the New Haven public school graduates today receiving the first New Haven Promise scholarships,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “New Haven Promise is the capstone of our School Change reforms that encourage college attendance starting in kindergarten and seek to assure all students are academically prepared for higher education. I want to thank Yale University and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for creating and financing this groundbreaking program that helps students who help themselves and their community.”

    New Haven Promise was announced on Nov. 9, 2010. Scholarship amounts will be phased in over the next four years. In this first year of the program, New Haven Promise scholarships cover up to 25% of tuition costs. To maintain the scholarship while in college students must earn a 2.5 GPA. Next year’s graduates will be eligible for up to 50% of tuition costs; the following class will receive up to 75% and the following class will receive up to 100% tuition.

    New Haven Promise: Scholarship is funded by Yale University. New Haven Promise: Partnership is funded by Yale-New Haven Hospital and Wells Fargo. New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support program administered and funded by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

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    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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