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Muskegon Area Promise passes milestone

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The effort to provide college scholarship money to students in Muskegon County has reached a significant milestone.

Since its launch in October, the Muskegon Area Promise fundraising effort has received support from several donors.

At the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon, organizers announced those donations have passed the $1 million mark. A recent $100,000 donation from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County pushed the fund past that point.

The Muskegon Area Promise is a scholarship program modeled after the Kalamazoo Promise. It provides money for tuition, book costs, and fees, up to $4,000.

For now, it's for graduates of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, and Holton high schools. It will be expanded countywide in 2017.

The money can be used at Muskegon Community College or Baker College in Muskegon.

"The Muskegon Area Promise helps dreams become a belief, because we are taking away a barrier of financial need," said Megan Byard, college access specialist. "College is not inexpensive. It causes debt for many, and now we have an opportunity before us to give two free years of college to students who work hard in high school, and have those aspirations of  moving forward."

The head of the Muskegon Area Promise wants the program to serve more than 2,500 students over the next 10 years.

One requirement for students to qualify for the Promise is a grade-point average of at least 3.5.


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