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Waterbury Promise Honors 192 High Achieving Scholars to With Financial Support After Announcing the Program in December 2021

Waterbury Promise (WP) is thrilled to announce that 192 Waterbury Scholars are enrolled in the new program and will receive a last-dollar scholarship award beginning this fall at $1250 each year for meeting the criteria within its inaugural year. The 2022 Cohort will celebrate its accomplishments with local officials, families, and community members Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 5:00 PM at Rotella Magnet School, 380 Pierpont Road, Waterbury.

In collaboration with the City of Waterbury and Waterbury Public Schools Waterbury Promise has founded a 501(c)(3) organization aimed at providing Waterbury student residents a Waterbury Promise Scholarship. Waterbury Promise’s mission is to increase college aspirations, reduce financial barriers and inspire every student in Waterbury toward post-secondary education and completion.

The Waterbury Promise Program will provide scholarships to Waterbury Public School students and Waterbury students who attended Holy Cross High School and W.F. Kaynor Technical High School, and who met the following criteria: 

  • Student is a Waterbury resident and has attended all four years at a Waterbury Public School, Kaynor Technical School, or Holy Cross High School
  • Student earned a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Student achieved a 90% or better cumulative attendance
  • Student submitted a FAFSA 
  • Student is attending a 2-year or 4-year Connecticut accredited college or university

The Waterbury Promise Program staff includes Kelonda Maull, Executive Director, and two support team members Angela Ciochetti and Noelia Giusti. They have been working extensively with Waterbury Public Schools and CT area Colleges and Universities ensuring procedures and positive relationships are established as they introduce the new program to higher education institutions and other constituents.

“It was gratifying to watch our WP Scholars graduate from high school in June wearing the Waterbury Promise Honorary Cords representing their hard work for staying on track to receive the scholarship this fall. We attended high school graduations and presented certificates and cords at awards nights across the city. This is just the beginning and we look forward to a bright future for Waterbury students and families. We will help leverage tuition, and other final expenses that sometimes can make or break a student from being able to attend college. Staying connected and supporting students while in college, to completion is our goal,” says Executive Director, Kelonda Maull.

Waterbury Promise has partnered with UConn, and seventy-five Scholars will receive a matching grant of $5,000 a year enrolled at any UConn campus. Recently, partnering with Eastern Connecticut State University to award three Scholars a matching grant of up to $5,000 a year. Waterbury Promise looks forward to increasing its partnerships with Connecticut colleges and universities to create and award affordable financial aid packages for Scholars to reduce financial barriers students might face. The Promise Scholarship will assist in strengthening the college-going culture for future generations.  

Waterbury Promise will provide $5,000 per student per year of college beginning with the class of 2025 and each following graduating class. The Promise Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship; the award covers the gap that remains after all individual grants, financial aid, and other scholarships have been applied. The program will make eligible students in the following classes who meet the criteria with the below scholarship amounts:

  • Current Class of 2022: Awarded $1,250 per student per year of college
  • Current Class of 2023: Awarded $2,500 per student per year of college
  • Current Class of 2024: Awarded $3,750 per student per year of college


Waterbury Promise will introduce the program to middle schools and engage high school students this fall to continue the path forward creating access and opportunities to post-secondary education for Waterbury’s deserving students.

Waterbury Promise thanks the City of Waterbury, Waterbury Public Schools, and the Waterbury Promise Board of Directors for their commitment to such a wonderful initiative serving Waterbury Scholars.

Please stay connected with Waterbury Promise by visiting their website at www.waterburypromise.org and following them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/waterburypromise

If you’re interested in partnering with Waterbury Promise, email info@waterburypromise.org

Contact: Jennifer Rose, Jrose@waterburyct.org

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