SARANAC, Mich. (WOOD) — A new program is helping students at Saranac Community Schools foot the bill for college.
The “Saranac Promise” is available for students who graduate from Saranac High School. They must have attended Saranac High School for at least one year before graduation and be enrolled in an eligible Michigan college, university or vocational school.
Phase one of the program starts with merit-based scholarships worth between $500 and $1,000. Those are already available.
Phase two plans to offer students up to $1,000 per year by 2016, and $4,000 annually by 2017. In the final phase starting with the class of 2017, scholarships will be available annually for up to 5 years after graduation.
Organizers are seeking donations to fund the program. Donations made out to the Saranac Community Schools-Saranac Promise Fund will be tax deductible.
The district hopes the Promise will eventually lead to a 100% graduate rate in Saranac Community Schools and later “contribute to the economic and educational development of the community,” a Monday release said.