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UNH Launches “Charge into the Future” Program Featuring Half-Tuition Scholarships for West Haven High School Graduates

Release Date:
2/28/2013 5:00 PM

Feb. 28, 2013

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WEST HAVEN, CONN.  – The University of New Haven today announced a partnership with West Haven Public Schools that will provide half-tuition scholarships to high school seniors as well as college preparation programs for middle school and high school students.

The partnership, called the “Charge into the Future” program, will provide a half-tuition scholarship for any student graduating from West Haven High School who is admitted as a full-time student to UNH beginning next fall.

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“I applaud the University of New Haven for introducing an innovative new program that will open the door to higher education for so many students,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “We know that getting a college degree is critical to preparing students for good jobs with good benefits—and helping to ensure bright futures in the new economy.”

The announcement at West Haven High School also featured Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

“The connection between earning a college degree and the ability to get a quality job has never been as important as it is today,” Wyman said. “With this scholarship program, the University of New Haven is ensuring that more of our students will be better prepared to attend college and to graduate with the skills needed in this challenging job market.” 

The UNH scholarships, which include need- and merit-based awards, will be offered to students in addition to any federal, state or externally funded awards for which they may qualify.

“We would like this program to serve as a major incentive to West Haven students – from middle school right through high school – to strive to attend college,” said UNH President Steven H. Kaplan. “It is an example of UNH giving back to the local community and providing them the opportunity to take advantage of our high-quality academic programs.”

The “Charge into the Future” program also will allow juniors and seniors enrolled at West Haven High School to take college-level courses at the university at no charge on a space-available basis.  Students can enroll in up to two classes per year, which will provide them a jump start on their college education even if they don’t enroll at UNH.

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“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and we are thrilled to partner with our neighbors from the University of New Haven in this venture,” West Haven Superintendent Neil Cavallaro said.  “This program will allow them and their families to dream big and believe that something they once thought may have been impossible is now achievable: a four-year college degree from an outstanding institution with a reputation for excellence.”

“The city of West Haven remains committed to strengthening its friendship and partnership with the University of New Haven,” Mayor John M. Picard said. “This important scholarship initiative reflects UNH’s unwavering pledge to reinvest in our community and in our young people. This model program will afford West Haven students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to seek higher education at their hometown university and will add another proud chapter to the longstanding relationship of good will between town and gown.”

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UNH also will help high school students prepare for college by providing juniors and seniors free information sessions on the college admissions process and applying for financial aid. In addition, the program will provide support for eighth- and ninth-graders by offering a summer day camp to prepare them for college-level work and admission to college. 

The university also will explore creating academic partnerships with the West Haven Public Schools to offer promising high school students opportunities to participate in college-level extracurricular activities such as drama and theater workshops, writing and poetry workshops, engineering projects and competitions, and math competitions.

“The ‘Charge into the Future’ program is very comprehensive,” said Kaplan. “It will help motivate students for college success and prepare them to be future leaders.”

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Brenda Calderon (above left), a WHHS senior who has been accepted to UNH for the fall, said she is pleased the program is offered.

“The partnership with the University of New Haven will alleviate many of our educational insecurities,” she said. “Free classes and a half-tuition scholarships speak for themselves, and in many ways, will impact our education as public high school students.”

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The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.

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The West Haven School District educates more than 6,000 youngsters from pre-k through grade 12. Students come to school well prepared and eager to learn from homes where education is valued. The city of West Haven is a diverse community with 54,000 residents, and the school district reflects this diversity and celebrates a variety of cultures.

West Haven High School, the district’s largest school, has approximately 1,600 students. Each year the school graduates about 300 seniors and many attend some of the country’s finest universities. Recently, the school district has focused on creating a climate where all who attend can succeed and thrive.  A major focus across the district has been to improve and strengthen curriculum and instruction so that all students who graduate from West Haven High School are prepared to prosper in the 21st century.