Kalamazoo Promise adds 15 schools to program

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — After eight successful years, The Kalamazoo Promise is expanding to include scholarship options for more than a dozen private colleges and universities.

Kalamazoo Promise officials announced Tuesday morning that students who graduate from a Kalamazoo Public Schools high school will now have 15 more institutions from which to choose to continue their higher education.

The new schools are all part of the Michigan Colleges Alliance.

Starting in the fall of 2015, students KPS grads can get tuition funding for the following schools: Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Andrews University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Hillsdale College, University of Detroit Mercy, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Marygrove College, Olivet College, Siena Heights University, and Spring Arbor University.

The addition brings the total number of Promise colleges and universities to 58.

So far, scholarships have been awarded to more than 3,000 Promise Scholars, with 60 percent of students attending Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

The Kalamazoo Promise will pay the equivalent tuition price for arts and science at the University of Michigan and the MCA will pick up the difference.


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