Promise zone application deadline approaching. 

August 10, 2018

Promise zone application deadline approaching. 

The deadline for students to apply who meet the eligibility criteria of the Mason County Promise Scholarship for the Fall 2018 semester at West Shore Community College is quickly approaching. Eligible students have until the close of business on Friday, August 17, 2018 to apply in order to be eligible to receive proceeds from the scholarship for the fall semester.

In order to be eligible for scholarships, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Graduation and Residency Requirement:

  1. Graduate with a diploma and reside within the boundaries of one of the following three school districts within Mason County: Mason County Central Schools, Mason County Eastern Schools, or Ludington Area School District with a cumulative 2.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) or above; or,

  2. Graduate from Gateway to Success Academy with a cumulative 2.00 Grade Point Average or above; or,

  3. Obtain a GED and reside within the boundaries of Mason County; and,

  1. Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) Requirement:

  1. Complete the federal student aid application using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year that the student intends to use proceeds from the Promise scholarship.

  1. West Shore Community College Enrollment Requirement:

  1. Enroll at the eligible partnering institution, West Shore Community College.

  1. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Release Requirement:

  1. Complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) release to the Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board and partnering institutions.

For more information on applying for the Mason County Promise Scholarship, eligible students should visit the Authority Board’s website at www.masoncountypromise.org. Here, you can learn more about the scholarship, read about the terms and conditions of the scholarship, and apply to receive the scholarship, if eligible.

Sixty-five (65) students have made application to the Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board thus far, with 18.5% of those students indicating that they are first generation college students in their family. Also, sixty-four percent (64%) of students who have applied thus far have indicated that the Promise has impacted their decision to attend college after high school.

“The Promise Zone Authority Board is very appreciative of the generous support it has received from those that have made donations toward the Promise, allowing these scholarships to be issued so quickly. The Board encourages those students who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the scholarship prior to the deadline to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity before it’s too late for the fall semester,” said Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board Chair, Jason Kennedy.

The Promise will provide education and training opportunities to graduates of Mason County schools in an effort to enhance the skilled trades and the workforce development of our community, and thus, continuing to improve the economic growth of Mason County and our surrounding region.

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