In an October article published in MiBiz, reporter John Wiegand discusses a new scholarship fund for Muskegon County high school seniors that pays for two years of community college.
The goals of the Muskegon Area Promise are to increase the area’s educated workforce, develop talent, and attract new families. The program emulates a similar program in Kalamazoo which has seen an 11% return on investment since 2005.
According to the article, once fully funded, students who graduate from 12 Muskegon County school districts, and maintain a 3.5 GPA will have the ability to use the Promise to cover 100% of tuition and fees for an associate degree or equivalent technical program at Muskegon Community College or Baker College of Muskegon. Students can also choose to take 62 credits of general education, and then transfer to a four-year university.
This scholarship fund will relieve or reduce the burden of paying for college education that many Muskegon parents and students face. Undoubtedly this will lead to more young adults in the area receiving higher education, and an improving workforce.
To read the full article about the Muskegon Promise, click here.