Women’s Basketball Team Members Volunteer at College Goal Sunday

Yale women's basketball team with Gregory Prince, former president at Hampshire College, and Patricia Melton '83, executive director of New Haven Promise. (photo by Brett Hoover)

Teammates Participate In Event To Help College-Bound Students Apply For Federal Financial Aid

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Members of the Yale women's basketball team volunteered with New Haven Promise as part of the College Goal Sunday event on Sunday, Jan. 26. The event was held at Gateway Community College and is designed to help college-bound seniors and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Zenab Keita, Sarah Halejian, Meredith Boardman, Nyasha Sarju, Whitney Wyckoff and Lena Munzer helped college-bound seniors and families understand the Promise Scholarship application process and directed students to the website to fill out the application. They also answered questions that parents and students had during the process.

"Having the Yale women basketball team at College Goal Sunday helped students to complete important financial aid and Promise scholarship materials," noted Patricia Melton '83, the New Haven Promise Executive Director. "We hope that it is the first of many opportunities to come where Yale student-athletes can be paired with aspiring New Haven students."

Melton was a record-setting sprinter on the Yale track team in the 1980s and was among the most recent honorees of the Bush '48 Leadership Award at the Blue Leadership Ball in 2013. Melton has been recognized for her work as an educator and was the first woman to receive the New England Independent Schools' Souders Memorial Award in 1995 and was honored with the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2007.

New Haven Promise is a place-based scholarship created by the City of New Haven, Yale University and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and provides annual scholarship awards that cover up to full tuition at a Connecticut public college or university. The program is open to New Haven residents, who attended New Haven Public Schools or an approved charter school. In order to qualify, scholarship recipients must have a positive disciplinary record during high school and a 90% attendance record during high school and complete 40 hours of community service. The Promise Scholarship requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher upon graduation, while the Passport to Promise, which is limited to 20 students each year, requires a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99. Passport to Promise recipients receive $1,000 their freshman year of college and if they maintain a 2.0 GPA or better they will then be enrolled in the Promise Scholarship program.

College Goal Sunday is a national program that aims to help seniors and families complete the FAFSA. The program began in 1989 and takes place in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The annual event gives individuals an opportunity to receive in-person assistance in completing the FAFSA. Gateway Community College has hosted the event for eight years.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity.