Promise scholarships are being offered in eight communities that were designated as Michigan Promise Zones in 2009. The program is also under development in Muskegon, while the Jackson Promise Zone was dissolved. All comply with the requirements of the state’s Promise Zone statutes. As such, they provide scholarships to all students who both live within the zone’s boundaries and graduate from a high school located within those boundaries. All must also provide a scholarship that gives students a tuition (and mandatory fee) free path to at least an associate’s degree at one institution. Communities can elect to provide more, up to and including a BA degree.
“We must ensure that every Michigan citizen has access to an affordable, first-class education beyond high school,” then Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm said. “The best-paying jobs of the 21st century will require a high level of education and training. Each of these communities is interested in giving students access to education after high school that will allow them to compete for those jobs.”