How do students become Promise Scholars?
To officially become a Promise Scholar, a student must:
- Attend a Hartford Public High School continuously since 9th grade
- Be a Hartford resident throughout high school
- Have a 93 % or better cumulative attendance record during high school
- Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale in high school
How do I know if I qualify for the Hartford Promise Scholarship?
Initially students are identified by school counselors and principals and notified that they are ‘on track’ for becoming a Hartford Promise Scholar. A verified and final list of eligible Promise Scholars will be provided to Hartford Promise within 5 business days of the close of the final semester senior year.
What if I am 'on track' and need to make my final decision about college?
An initial list of on track students will be generated by Hartford Public Schools after the first semester of senior year. Hartford Promise will use that list to reach out to students and counselors to notify them that they are ‘on track’ and need to remain on track through the end of their senior year to become official Promise Scholars eligible for the scholarship. All ‘on track’ students will be asked to complete Hartford Promise information packets. Upon deciding your college selection, you need to notify us of your decision as soon as possible. Please confirm your status with your counselor if you have any questions. Hartford Promise will then reach out to the various colleges/universities and notify them that they have an ‘on track’ scholar accepted at their school. Please note that ‘on track’ students must remain on track through the end of their senior year in order to be a Promise Scholar and receive the scholarship.
What are the Promise eligible student responsibilities?
- Hartford Public Schools and Hartford Promise will identify Promise Scholars based on attendance, residency, and academic record by the end of first semester of senior year. On track Promise Scholars must maintain all qualifications through graduation.
- On track Promise Scholars need to complete and return the Promise information packet.
- Students must submit proof of Hartford residency.
- Eligible Students must complete the FAFSA. In the case of undocumented student/guardian, a waiver may be granted. Note that monies already obtained and promised through scholarships and Hartford Promise are not listed on the FAFSA form. It is important to note that although the Federal deadline is June 30, you must file by February 15.
- Promise Scholars must apply for at least 2 additional scholarships.
- Promise Scholars must submit proof of college choice and proof of full-time enrollment.
- Promise Scholars must submit all changes to contact information as they occur. This includes home and school addresses, phone numbers and emails.
What are the ongoing responsibilities of Promise Scholars once in college?
- Students must begin using the scholarship within one year of high school graduation
- College-going Promise Scholars must provide proof of being enrolled in a not-for-profit college or university full-time for the full academic year.
- College-going Promise Scholars must remain in good standing with their college or university as defined by those institutions.
- Provide a Hartford Promise scholarship transfer form if changing college or university.
Additional requirements being considered:
- Requiring that Promise Scholars be Peer Mentors to rising Promise Scholars
- Requiring that Promise Scholars participate in college bridge & transition program
- Requiring that Promise Scholars participate in annual Promise Scholar Day
What are the key dates for the Hartford Promise Scholarship?
Feb 15 Hartford Public Schools and Hartford Promise provide a list of on-track Promise Scholars. On-track Scholars will receive a Promise information packet.
March 15 FINAL deadline for on-track Promise Scholars to return completed student packet and information forms.
May 1 College decisions are made and deposits are due. Inform Hartford Promise of your college choice as soon as possible.
June 15 Final official Promise Scholar list is confirmed and produced.
Summer Promise Scholar Day and Celebration
October Promise Scholarship payments are made to all colleges by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
What are the additional Promise Award details?
- College-going Promise Scholars in the classes of 2016 and 2017 can use the scholarship for any accredited not-for-profit university in the country. Future classes may be limited to in-state colleges and universities (yet to be determined).
- The Award can be transferred between eligible schools. We encourage transfers from two year schools to four year schools. Student moving from two to four year institutions are eligible for a total of four years of award.
- The Award can be applied toward tuition, fees, room and board, and other education costs that are charged through the college or university directly to the student. Award payments will be made in October after the add/drop date.
- The scholarship will be awarded through the college or university’s financial aid or bursar’s office as the scholarship funds will not be sent directly to the student.)
- The scholarship will pay up to $5000.00 on the remaining balance of your bill. For example, if your balance is $3,000, Hartford Promise will pay $3,000; if your balance is $5,500, Hartford Promise will pay $5,000.
- Scholars may take up to six years to complete a bachelor’s degree and three years to complete an associates degree.
Will there be any exceptions?
Hartford Promise will make no exceptions to the eligibility requirements and designated use of scholarship. For example:
- Students who live in a neighboring district and apply to Hartford Public Schools will not be eligible.
- Students who attend Hartford Public Schools and transfer out of the system prior to graduation will not be eligible for scholarships.
- Students who move to or start attending a Hartford Public Schools after 9th grade will not be eligible.
- The scholarships cannot be transferred to a for-profit college or university.
- The scholarship cannot be used for online programs.
- The scholarship cannot be used for certification or vocational programs
How does my college or university know I am eligible?
Hartford Promise has forged relationships with most Connecticut colleges/universities and they are notified of “on track” scholars. For those students attending an out of state school, Hartford Promise will reach out to those colleges upon receipts of the verified list of Hartford Promise Scholars.
How will the award be paid out?
To compute your final award amount, we take a few items into consideration:
- The total amount billed by your college/university. This will include items such as tuition, room and board, fees, and books if the school bills for them.
- We then subtract all financial aid you have received. The financial aid package may include, but is not limited to: grants (such as Pell), awards (such as the Governor’s Scholarship) and other merit scholarships awarded by your college/university.
***In the event you have a remaining balance,
this is where the “last-dollar” scholarship comes into play.***
- On the remaining balance, at a four-year university/college we will pay up to $5000.00. For example, if your balance is $3,000, Hartford Promise will pay $3,000; if your balance is $5,500, Hartford Promise will pay $5,000.
What is the role of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving?
As Hartford Promise’s fiscal agent, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is responsible for administering the disbursement of scholarship checks. They are a good source of information as it pertains to payment questions. All other questions regarding scholarship amounts, scholarship compliance and college success should be directed to Hartford Promise directly.
If my college requires payment prior to the add/drop date, what do I do?
Colleges typically permit this and consider this type of scholarship to be a pending payment. If there are specific issues regarding the handling of the Hartford Promise payment, concerns should be directed to Hartford Promise and it will be addressed on a case by case basis.
What does the Promise Scholarship pay for?
The award will help pay for tuition, fees, room and board, and any other fees the university/college charges directly to the student after all grants, scholarships, discounts, tuition benefits, and any other financial aid have been applied (this list is not inclusive). Students must attend a not-for-profit, accredited college or university.
Who will the Scholarship check be made out to?
All payments will be made directly to your college’s Bursar’s Office. The Bursars Office is responsible for the actual billing of student tuitions to student accounts. The Bursar is not part of the financial aid process. As such, all questions and concerns regarding school aid packages need to be directed to the financial aid office.
What are the annual requirements for continued eligibility for Hartford Promise scholarships?
- Proof that the Promise Scholar is enrolled full-time and in good standing at their college/university for the full academic year.
- Provide Hartford Promise with any change of college status.
- Provide Hartford Promise with any updated contact info.
- Maintain an updated release of information form at their college/university
How is Hartford Promise Funded?
The Hartford Promise Award will be funded through a combination of corporate, individual, foundation, and public support. We are honored and thrilled to announce our initial Champion investors: The Travelers Foundation, Hartford Hospital, the Say Yes Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Patricelli Family Foundation.
Hartford Promise has raised the needed funds to provide Promise Scholarship to students of the Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Additional funds will be required to support future classes. Hartford Promise and the Promise Champions are actively engaged in raising additional scholarship funds for the Classes of 2019 and beyond.
We are deeply appreciative of the Promise Champions, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Hartford Consortium for Higher Education who have taken a step forward with us. To build Hartford Promise and make it permanent, we will continue to reach out to businesses, individuals, community foundations, and higher education partners as we seek to meet our funding goals on behalf of Hartford students.
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