(FLINT, Mich., March 5, 2020) – As Flint Promise embarks on its third year, the scholarship program will host an informational meeting for graduating seniors, parents, school counselors and interested community members on Saturday, March 21. The event will be held at 10 a.m. at Berston Field House, at 3300 Saginaw St., Flint.
“The Flint Promise scholarship is an investment in the future of Flint,” said James Avery, director of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which administers the scholarship program. “It makes college more accessible, which is essential to strengthening the talent pipeline in Flint and Genesee County.”
According to Avery, the meeting will cover basics including eligibility requirements, how the scholarship can be used and what kind of wraparound supports are available. Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session. Representatives from participating colleges and universities will also be available to answer questions about admission requirements.
Flint Promise first launched in 2018 and is designed for students who live in the city of Flint and graduate or earn a GED from a high school located in the city of Flint. The scholarship covers up to 100 percent of a student’s tuition and book fees after federal grants and other scholarships are applied. It also connects each student with a success coach to assist them with academic and personal support.
Currently, there are more than 160 students enrolled in the scholarship program, which is available at Kettering University, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint. Among them is Jaquay Renfro, a graduate of Flint Southwestern Classical Academy who is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.
“It’s been a big help,” said Renfro, who is in his final semester at Mott Community College and hopes to transfer to Kettering University. “I meet up with my Flint Promise success coach while I’m on campus, or we might Facetime each other. If I need any help, I know I can call her.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
- Graduate from a high school located within the City of Flint, or receive a GED in the City of Flint, in or after 2018
- Reside within the City of Flint at the time of graduation
- Graduate with a 1.8 GPA or higher
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Apply to a participating college or university
- Be age 24 or younger
To RSVP for the Flint Promise Informational Meeting, click here.
Flint Promise was established through $2 million in combined gifts from the Consumers Energy Foundation and Tom Gores, Founder of FlintNOW, and is housed at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and administered by the Flint & Genesee Chamber.
To learn more, visit theflintpromise.org.