A Tuition Free Associates Degree
Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Scholarship Application Open
The Newaygo County Area Promise Zone provides high school graduates with a tuition-free path to an associate degree from Muskegon Community College or an approved apprenticeship. The Promise Zone believes that every student, regardless of financial means, should have the opportunity to earn post-secondary credentials.
By helping to remove the financial barrier that so many students face, the Promise Zone is helping to remove a cultural stigma that college is too expensive. Many students are starting to believe that higher education is within their reach and are taking steps to plan for their future.
A 2022 Promise Scholar shared that, “the Promise Scholarship impacted my decision to go to college because it opened a more affordable opportunity to further my education."
Since beginning in 2017, the Promise Zone has awarded over $2.2 million in tuition in support of over 307 Newaygo County Promise Scholars who have enrolled in their post-secondary journey.
Now is the time for first year applicants to apply for the Promise Scholarship. The online application is available at www.promise.zone/how-to-apply. Applications are due no later than March 1, 2023.
Homeschool families are encouraged to call or email the Promise Zone to learn more about how to register their student(s) and the application process.
To qualify, a student must:
Blake Prewitt, the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Chair shares, “There is nothing more important than the education of children for their future success. In our society, education is required after high school, but your access to post-secondary education depends on your social economic status. The Promise Zone levels this playing field so all students can achieve a post secondary education, and therefore give our community more highly skilled employees.”
The Promise Scholarship covers tuition and mandatory fees up to 62 attempted college credits at Muskegon Community College. Books are not covered by the scholarship. Students must be enrolled at full-time status and attend a mandatory orientation to qualify.
An online scholarship renewal is required each year of eligibility for returning scholars. The online renewal application becomes available in June each year.
For more information about the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone visit www.promise.zone, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231.924.8888.
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