New Haven schools kick off ‘American College Application Campaign’

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven public schools is set to kick off this year’s “American College Application Campaign.”

All of it is making sure kids who want to go to college are put on the path to get there. The goal of this program is to really help high school seniors navigate the process of applying for college, which often times can be overwhelming.

“It’s always been drilled into my brain by my family that you’re going to college,” said Iyonna Pottinger, senior at Hillhouse High School.

The American College Application Campaign is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low income students pursuing a college degree or higher education.

This year all nine New Haven high schools will be taking part. Workshops will be held in the coming days and weeks for seniors so they can work on the college application process. They will also work on their college essay writing, mock interviews and talk with high school graduates who are now in college.

“Personally I’m a person who needs a push. I know where to go to college, but I don’t know where to start my path,” said Devonte Fletcher, senior at Hillhouse.

The program also helps students who may not want to go to college, but instead get right into a career after graduation. The school district teamed up with New Haven Promise which covers tuition to in-state colleges for students who live and go to a public school in the Elm City. However, there are some qualifications. You have to have a GPA of at least a 3.0. You also need to have an attendance rate of 90% or better during all four years of high school. You also need to do 40 hours of community service. If you have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.9 you can qualify for a secondary scholarship through New Haven Promise known as the ‘Passport to Promise.”

The most recent campaign runs through December 15th. The goal is for seniors in New Haven to send out some 10,000 college applications.

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