The Muskegon Promise

Posted by on 02.04.16 in Uncategorized

In early January, I shared information with Muskegon Community College faculty and staff on the Muskegon Area Promise, a program providing two free years of college for qualified (3.5 GPA and above) students residing  in the Muskegon Area Intermediate School district.  Currently, tuition free PROMISE scholarships are available to students attending Holton Public Schools, Muskegon Public Schools and Muskegon Heights Public School Academy. Beginning in May of 2017, graduates in ALL Muskegon County school districts will be eligible.  To benefit, students must:

  • LIVE within the boundaries of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD).
  • GRADUATE with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher from a high school located within the boundaries of the MAISD.
  • APPLY for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the verification process as requested each year (
  • ENROLL at either Muskegon Community College or Baker College of Muskegon.

As a member of the Muskegon Area Promise Zone Authority Zone Board, it is an honor to to be a part of one of the more transformative education and talent development initiatives in Muskegon in recent memory. Muskegon is the only county wide PROMISE in the state of Michigan and fast becoming a model for collaboration among K-12, higher education, business, community, and economic development interests.  Moreover, many, many individuals in localschool districts, the MAISD, businesses, MCC, Baker College, and the general public have worked to make the PROMISE a reality, including a number of very generous donors.

Once fully implemented in 2017, hundreds of Muskegon students will have the opportunity to attend college for free.  Having lived and worked around the country for most of my adult life, I can attest that the PROMISE will help Muskegon become more competitive economically and enhance Muskegon’s attractiveness as a destination community.  Having been raised (Twin Lake) and educated (Reeths-Puffer) locally, I am grateful for thee ways that the PROMISE will benefit our entire community.

To learn more about the PROMISE or how to help, click here or here:  Please share this information with everyone you know to hep our students reach their potential


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