UConn Promise

TSMP_UConn Promise

The San Marcos Promise, San Marcos Unified School District and University of Connecticut team up to provide an unprecedented opportunity for students.

The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) graduating class of 2015-16 has a new opportunity that could land them in Storrs, Connecticut next Fall. A recent agreement between UConn and TSMP builds upon the success of the PACE Promise and provides a cost-effective opportunity for students to pursue their educational goals across the country.

The San Marcos Promise (TSMP) and University of Connecticut (UConn) have secured a three year partnership that will provide up to five scholarships, each worth $84,000, to graduating students accepted to UConn pursuing a major in any of the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) fields.

The UConn Promise will provide up to five qualifying students with a 4-year/$20,000 scholarship towards tuition and mandatory fees, offsetting out-of-state costs making a UConn education similar to that of an institution in the UC system. In addition to the UConn scholarship, qualifying students will also receive the PACE Promise scholarship award valued at $1,000/4-years. In totality, the scholarship benefit for students is $84,000 over four years. Students interested in the UConn Promise are required to meet all PACE Promise academic benchmarks, maintain a 3.0 GPA, declare a STEM major, and gain acceptance to UConn through their application process.


Grant Amount and Eligibility: 

To be eligible for the UConn Promise grant, students shall present qualifications that include the following:

  • Students must satisfy all PACE Promise academic benchmarks
  • Accepted to a major in a STEM discipline, as defined by UConn
  • Demonstrated participation and engagement in STEM related activities while in high school
  • Eligibility for UConn’s Honors Program (3.0 Minimum GPA)

The initial value of the UConn Promise grant is $21,000 per year.   The grant will be a fixed amount for four years (eight semesters) of the student’s education at UConn.

Additional Terms, Criteria and Conditions:

  1. UConn’s standard financial aid renewal criteria will apply to the UConnPromise grant as detailed in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. The initial award amount and terms and conditions may be revised on an annual basis. A current version of Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy can be found online at:
  2. Students must enroll at UConn in the academic year immediately following their graduation from the San Marcos Unified School District. For example, if a senior graduates in June 2015, they must enroll at UConn for August 2015 in order to be eligible to receive the UConn Promise grant.
  3. The UConn Promise grant is not a stackable award. Students who are eligible for UConn Scholarships or Grants that exceed the UConn Promise will have the higher of the two award amounts applied as a credit to their University tuition.
  4. Promise Scholars must gain admission to UConn on their own merits in order to be eligible to receive the UConn Promise grant. Promise Scholars must also submit a FAFSA to UConn annually by March 1st each year.
  5. Promise Scholars will be notified of the UConn Promise grant in their offer of admission letter.