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65 use Mason County Promise in fall

January 8, 2019

The Mason County Promize Zone Authority Board touted its inaugural class of students taking advantage of the program during the fall 2018 semester at West Shore Community College.

There were 65 students with diplomas or were GED exam qualifiers from Mason County to use the Mason County Promise.

According to the board in a press release, there were 80 applicants, and 65 were able to use it. Sixteen percent of those 65 students were first-generation college students. Sixty percent of the students said the Mason County Promise influenced their respective decisions to attend college after high school graduation. Of the 65 students, 32 were from Ludington, 21 from Mason County Central, seven were from Mason County Eastern, three were from Gateway to Success Academy and two were GED exam qualifiers.

The grade point average of those 65 students in their first semester of college averaged out to be 3.17, according to a press release.

The first two years of the scholarship are being funded through private donations, corporate and foundation investments, financial aid available to Mason County students and other eligible sources, the group stated. Future years of the scholarship will be funded through the capture of one-half of the growth of the state education tax dollars in the county. The board raised $875,000 in donations to support the operation of the promise zone.

Ludington Superintendent Jason Kennedy said in the statement that the zone board is planning a community celebration of the donors to what is being called the Promise Zone Founders Fund.

For more information on the Mason County Promise Zone, its website is www.masoncountypromise.org

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