By: Evan Walker-Wells
When Carlos Granda’s mother heard the news, she called her mother all the way in Puerto Rico to promise her boy’s grandmother that he was going to college.
Granda, who is a freshman at Common Ground High School, had told her about the New Haven Promise—a scholarship program announced Tues., Nov. 9 by Super Intendent Reginald Mayo, Yale’s President Richard Levin, the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven (CFGNH) President and CEO William Ginsberg, Mayor John DeStefano Jr., and Governor-elect Dan Malloy to pay for New Haven’s public school students to go to college.
Levin explained the promise to the audience of students from every high school in New Haven at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. “We will ensure college is accessible and affordable for every high school student who attends regularly and works hard.