KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – An initiative that awards college tuition to Kalamazoo high school graduates is celebrating its 10th anniversary and nearly 4,000 scholarships.
The Kalamazoo Promise has offered full-tuition scholarships since 2005 to students who spend kindergarten through 12th grade in the city’s public school district. High school graduates are able to attend any community college, public university and a select group of private colleges in the state.
More than $60 million in scholarship awards has been given, and nearly 1,000 degrees have been earned through the Kalamazoo Promise.
Events are being planned to commemorate its upcoming anniversary. A citywide celebration will be held in downtown Kalamazoo this August.
About 500 students will be able to take advantage of the Kalamazoo Promise after they graduate this spring.
Lansing has a similar program called the “Promise“. That plan provides the financial assistance necessary to obtain a two-year degree or its equivalent at an eligible school.
Students must apply for the Promise within one year of graduation or completion of a General Education Degree. Eligible students will receive funding for tuition and mandatory fees at Lansing Community College to cover a maximum of 60 credits.