Pennington Fellowship

Who: New Haven public school graduates who attend HBCUs

What: The Pennington Fellowship is a competitive scholarship program that will support ten to twelve students in each college-bound cohort for four years. When fully implemented, about forty to fifty students will receive Pennington scholarships at any given time. Applicants 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. 

New Haven public school students selected for the Pennington Fellowship will receive up to $20,000 toward tuition and fees per year for each of four college years. They also will be supported in their academic, financial, and career entry success through mentorship opportunities, structured internships, resume workshops, and other programs organized by New Haven Promise. Fellowship applications are being accepted now, and the first group of Pennington Fellows will begin college in the fall of 2023. 

Application deadline is December 23, 2022

Law School Access Program

Who:  College juniors, seniors, or college graduates from the New Haven area who are first generation, low-income, formerly incarcerated, or members of an under-represented racial group who are considering attending law school. 

What: In weekly Academies and one-on-one mentorship sessions, Fellows work with Yale Law School students and legal professionals to develop an individualized approach to their law school application process and to prepare for careers in leadership and the law. Ultimately, the Program aims to empower each cohort of Fellows to thrive in their legal studies, make a difference in their communities of New Haven and Connecticut, and pave the way for other individuals like themselves who seek a career in the law.

This program is free of charge. The application and additional information can be found on the program’s website.
Application deadline is June 30, 2022

Teagle Humanities Fellowship

Who: High school seniors and college freshmen who participated in one of our 6 consortium programs (Carthage College, Columbia University, Newberry College, University of Rochester, Ursinus College, Yale University)

What: Fellows will receive $1,000 to participate virtually in the reading and writing fellowship. Each fellow will receive two books to read during the summer and will be paired with an academic mentor to discuss the texts and write a final essay. Excerpts of essays will be published online through a major educational outlet.

When: June 1 - August 20. Fellows can set weekly meeting times with their mentors that fit their schedule.

Annual application deadline is in May (check website for exact date)


NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Who: College; Grades 5-12 

What:  Students from around the country are invited to create a podcast - about anything you want! - and compete for a chance to have your work featured on NPR. Students from 5th grade through college are eligible to participate, however the rules vary depending on your grade. See website for specific guidelines. 

Submission deadline varies by grade level (check website for exact date)