NOTE: This Scholarship is only for seniors at a New Haven, Connecticut public high schools.
New Haven Promise has been selected by Yale University to manage the Pennington Scholarship and organize the selection of the Pennington Scholars through a committee process.
Yale has created the new scholarship program to support New Haven public school students who choose to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The participating colleges are: Hampton University, Morehouse College,
Morgan State University and Spelman College. More colleges will be added at a later date.
The Pennington Fellowship will support 10 to 12 students in each college-bound cohort for four years, with each student receiving up to $20,000 toward tuition and fees per year. When fully implemented, 40 to 50 students will receive Pennington scholarships at any given time.
The new scholarship will bear the name of Reverend James W. C. Pennington, the first Black student to attend Yale. Born enslaved on Marylandís Eastern Shore, he lived for 24 years as a fugitive before securing his freedom. Pennington was prevented from formally enrolling at Yale because of his skin color, but he audited classes at Yale Divinity School before continuing a noteworthy career as a minister, antislavery organizer, scholar, and speaker.
The fellowship builds on existing collaborations between Yale and HBCUs, including faculty-led research and teaching initiatives.
Applicants for the scholarships must be seniors at a New Haven public high school, submit an essay, provide a letter of recommendation, and have participated in at least forty hours of community service. Fellowship applications are currently being accepted; the first group of Pennington Fellows will begin college in the fall of 2023.
For more information about the Pennington Scholarship, see the FAQs.
Dollar Amount: $20,000
Deadline(s): December 23, 2022
Scholarship/Grant Sponsor: Yale University and New Haven Promise