The Baldwin Promise is an exceptional opportunity for the students at Baldwin Community Schools. In 2009, Baldwin was designated a Michigan Promise Zone. Of the 10 zones (inspired by The Kalamazoo Promise), Baldwin is the only rural zone. Baldwin’s Promise goes beyond what the state statute’s minimum requires and provides a “middle-dollar” scholarship up to $5,000 per year for fours years to every single graduate of Baldwin High School regardless of merit or need, for a maximum total of up to $20,000 per student. The scholarship makes up the difference between tuition/fees and federal/state grants up to $5,000. To qualify for the full promise, students only need to have been a Baldwin Schools student since ninth grade, reside in the district boundaries, graduate from high school, and complete the FAFSA. The scholarship can be used at any public university, community college, or private college in the state of Michigan. The Baldwin Promise has catalyzed a more focused college readiness agenda within the school district.