HISTORY AND OVERVIEW
• Legislation was passed in 2009 that created ten Michigan Promise Zone Authorities, including Lansing
• Zones were selected based on percentage of children under age 18 living at or below the federal poverty level must be greater than state average
• The main goal of promise zones is to transform communities by providing higher educational opportunities at no or low cost
• The Department of State Treasury provides oversight of all promise zones
WHAT IS THE LANSING PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP?
• A college scholarship equivalent to an associate’s degree (up to 60 credits) at Lansing Community College or $5,000 at Michigan State University
HOW DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP WORK?
• Student must reside within the boundaries of the LSD
• Student must attend for four or more consecutive years and graduate from a public or non-public school located within LSD or attend for eight or more consecutive years and obtain a GED before age 20
• Households must meet federal eligibility requirements to apply for federal student aid and complete FAFSA each year
• Students must apply within one year of graduation or completion of GED
• Students must be admitted and enrolled at an eligible school
• Enrolled students must maintain compliance with the eligible school’s academic standards and make regular progress toward a degree or certification
• Students must complete a minimum of six credit hours per semester
• Students will have a maximum four years from high school graduation to use funds
EXTENT OF BENEFITS
• For eligible students, the total amount of Lansing Promise scholarship dollars will be awarded on the basis of length of consecutive attendance at a public or non-public school within the boundaries of the Lansing School District. Please visit www.lansingpromise.org/about to determine your eligibility amount.
HOW DOES THE LANSING PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP IMPACT OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS WE HAVE APPLIED FOR?
• The Lansing Promise Scholarship is a “last chance” program; students must apply for and accept all federal and state scholarships (e.g. Tuition Incentive Program) and grants before the amount of the Promise will be determined for a given year.
• Students who are Lansing H.O.P.E. Scholarship-eligible must waive their H.O.P.E. scholarship in order to receive the Lansing Promise scholarship.
• The Promise may be used to replace or supplement loans, work-study opportunities, private scholarships, or expected family contributions, but the Promise may not be used to replace federal or state grants or scholarships.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
• Confirm the eligibility of your student through the high school counseling office
• Once eligibility is confirmed, scholarship applications must be submitted online at www.lansingpromise.org
• Application deadline for spring semester is November 1 each year
• Application deadline for fall semester is June 1 each year
• Visit your high school counseling office or www.lansingpromise.org for assistance, or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
LANSING PROMISE ZONE AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
- Kellie Dean, Chairperson
- Linda Lee Tarver, Vice Chairperson
- Mark Alley
- Judith Brown Clarke
- Tim Daman
- Martha Gutierrez Castillo
- Guillermo Lopez
- Barbara Roberts Mason
- Elva Revilla
- Chief Mike Yankowski