New Haven Promise gives college tuition to more than 300 students

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A big night for more than 300 New Haven high school students. They are going to college for free thanks to the non-profit, the New Haven Promise Scholarship and their own hard work.

Thursday, the New Haven Promise Scholarship Celebration was held. 307 New Haven Public School high school students graduating class of 2016 will be going to a college in Connecticut with their tuition completely covered. The cost is covered by the New Haven Promise.

“In the spring for the first time, more than half our scholars posted a 3.0 GPA and nearly a quarter were at a 3.5 or higher,” said Patricia Melton, New Haven Promise.

To get their college education tuition covered in full the students had to have a 3.0 GPA or higher, a 90 percent attendance record and do 40 hours of public service.

Yale University is a sponsor of the New Haven Promise. Yale’s President is on the board.

“My one piece of advice for college, no matter what you think you’ll study, pick a course in something else, something far away, because you never know,” said Yale President Peter Salovey.

News 8’s Jason Newton served as an announcer for the celebration.

In just six years the amount of students that have qualified for the New Haven Promise have doubled.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp told the students she has one wish for their futures.

“Come home to participate in our workforce,” said Mayor Harp.

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