City of Waterbury, Board of Education Announce Waterbury Promise Scholarship

December 21, 2021

I want to call your attention to a dynamic new partnership that is set to help Waterbury's high school students realize their college promise.
The City of Waterbury, under Mayor Neil O'Leary, Waterbury Board of Education and Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools Verna Ruffin have teamed up to create and launch the Waterbury Promise Scholarship.

This partnership affirms Waterbury's commitment to students pursuing higher education by removing the financial barriers they and their families face as part of the decision-making process.

Beginning in 2025, Waterbury Promise will provide $5,000 scholarships — per student, per year — to students of Waterbury public schools and city residents who attend Holy Cross High School and W.F. Kaynor Technical High School.

The award, which is funded by public and private donations, is a last-dollar scholarship that covers the gap that remains after all applied individual grants, financial aid and additional scholarships.

Waterbury Promise also recognizes that current students should benefit from the program. Eligible students in the classes of 2022-24 can qualify for $1,250 to $3,750 per student, per year of college.

The college hopes and dreams for city students should not go unfulfilled due to funding gaps, which can be closed with this promising new scholarship program.

For more information on the Waterbury Promise Scholarship, please click here.