Ypsilanti (Mich.) schools to pursue college scholarship program

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Could two years of free tuition to community college be guaranteed to graduating students of the new Ypsilanti Community Schools district? A group of school and community leaders are trying to make it happen.

One goal of the Ypsilanti Community Schools district is to ensure all students have the chance to earn college credit or career credentials by the time they don their caps and gowns to receive their high school diplomas.

One way the district hopes to make good on that ambition is to launch something similar to the Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship program that began eight years ago and is available to any graduate of the Kalamazoo Public Schools.

School officials in collaboration with business and community leaders, and State Reps. David Rutledge, D-Ypsilanti, and Bill Rogers, R-Brighton, have been meeting to discuss how to make a scholarship program like the Promise possible in eastern Washtenaw County.

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