The University of Connecticut is expanding its role in the New Haven Promise college scholarship program.
The school says it will add a $5,000 supplement to students who attend UConn on the Promise scholarships beginning next fall.
New Haven Promise, funded in by Yale University, already provides full tuition to qualified students from New Haven to attend any two- or four-year college in Connecticut.
To qualify, students must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average, and good attendance, public service and disciplinary records.
UConn President Susan Herbst says the Promise students can use the additional money for other expenses, including books and room and board.
Since 2010, about 1,000 New Haven public school graduates have qualified for the Promise program, including 132 who currently attend UConn. There were 14 students who graduated from UConn last spring, and 20 will graduate this year.
"We have 132 students already on this scholarship at the University. They're doing incredibly well and I think they're doing well, have a seriousness, purpose, speaks to this program, expanding even further in the future," Herbst said.
On Tuesday, Janae McMillan said she always wanted to go to UConn, and this program will help.
"I've always wanted to go to UConn and this even more ensures the fact that I will be able to," McMillan said, who is a senior at the New Haven Academy.
Educators said the program is not just about making college affordable and accessible for students, but also how the students could help shape the Elm City's future after they graduate.
"Come back to their hometown, bring their talents, their understanding, their new perspectives," said Yale President Peter Salovey.
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