A group of individuals are researching the idea of a promise type scholarship to include all of Mason County’s school systems. The Upjohn Institute has continual done research and followed the results of Kalamazoo Promise. Data shows that the promise increased college Enrollment and Graduation rates for area students, significantly impacted the culture and the economy of their community and provided an Increase in property wealth and the local population: leading to increase of permanent jobs. The Kalamazoo Promise has been around has been around for about 12 years. Some of the Promise grads are now teaching in the Kalamazoo Public School District.Additional data about the Kalamazoo Promise will be shared during the meeting.
The Mason County Promise would be open to all students who graduate from any accredited Mason County School or have a GED, are residing in Mason County, and have been students four years or more in an accredited Mason County School District. This scholarship program would provide up to two (2) years of tuition to West Shore Community College and mandatory fees for post-secondary education (per graduated scale.). The one caveat to the Mason County Promise is funding. They would like sustainable funding, are looking for ideas, and asking the public for assistance. The Mason County Promise meeting will occur Monday, November 27 at 2 pm and 5:30pm at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.