Gifts total $2.3M for city scholarship program


NEW HAVEN — New Haven Promise has announced that Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and Wells Fargo will fund New Haven Promise: Partnership, the support system provided by New Haven Promise.

Yale-New Haven, the flagship sponsor for New Haven Promise: Partnership, has agreed to donate a total of $2 million, to be awarded over four years. Wells Fargo is donating $300,000.

New Haven Promise: Partnership is the support system provided by New Haven Promise for New Haven Public School (NHPS) students, parents and guardians. The Partnership will help ensure that city public-school students who meet the residency requirement and want to receive a Promise scholarship will be able to do so.

New Haven Promise: Partnership has two components — a school-based program and a community-based program, designed to set students on a trajectory that will land them in college.  Together, these two core components will create one of the first comprehensive community and pre-K-12 college-bound programs in the nation.

"New Haven Promise: Partnership is designed to create a college-going atmosphere in all of New Haven Public Schools and foster students' educational aspirations," said New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr.  "The system of support provide by the partnership will ensure that New Haven students go to college and possess the tools to achieve academically and to compete in and complete college."

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

According to Kent McClun, Wells Fargo's greater Connecticut regional president: "If our economy is to be competitive with the rest of the world, we need our students to be able to fill the highly skilled jobs that are already dominating the workforce.  We support New Haven Promise: Partnership because it motivates students to perform better in school so that they are eligible for a scholarship. And, it also encourages our best and brightest to attend our local colleges and universities."

New Haven Promise: Partnership will launch pilot initiatives of the elementary and middle school supports this spring. The community-based program will launch in the summer. The district is expanding the high school supports through a partnership with College Summit, a national nonprofit that aims to improve college success rates for low-income high schools by helping students integrate 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 into all city public high schools.

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