Promise Zone Meeting Dates:

August 19, 2014
September 15, 2014
October 21, 2014 (Cancelled)
November 18, 2014 (Cancelled)
December 10, 2014 (reschedule of November 18 meeting)
December 16, 2014 (Cancelled)
January 20, 2015 (Cancelled)
February 17, 2015
March 17, 2015
April 21, 2015
May 19, 2015
June 16, 2015
July 21, 2015
August 18, 2015
September 15, 2015
October 20, 2015
November 17, 2015
December 15, 2015


Promise Zone








Muskegon Area Promise Scholarships

The Muskegon Area Promise is a commitment to the young people of our community--that if they work hard they will be able to earn at least a two-year college degree tuition free.

Video DocumentWZZM-TV 13 Video: Muskegon ISD launches grassroots "promise"
Video DocumentView Video About College Positive Communities:
External LinkShoreline Media Group Article 
Powerpoint DocumentMuskegon Area Promise - Powerpoint Presentation (in PDF format)

In 2008 the "Michigan Promise Zone Act" (Act 549 and Act 550) was passed, which provided a rare opportunity for ten communities within the state to strive to become "Promise Zones."


The purpose of a Promise Zone is to support local efforts to promise a college education to K-12 students who reside within the zone. These funds would be available after all other student aid has been exhausted.


In April 2009, the Michigan Department of Treasury approved the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District's application to become a Promise Zone.

An Authority Board, representing different professions in the community, now meets regularly and is currently conducting research, planning, and evaluating the potential to raise the private dollars that must fund the Promise Zone for the first two years.

After the second year of distributing privately funded scholarships, a certified Promise Zone can then capture one-half of the growth in the state education tax to be used for a two-year associate's degree or up to a four-year degree for resident students. 

Muskegon Area Promise Zone Authority

Member Name Organization Represented
Lee Coggin Baker College
Holly Hughes Community Representative
Robert Jacobs Community Shores Bank
Cindy Larsen Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Chris McGuigan Community Foundation for Muskegon County
John Severson Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Gary Nelund State Farm Insurance
Dale Nesbary Muskegon Community College
Steve Parker LongView Management Consulting
Megan Byard Muskegon Opportunity/Promise Zone Coordinator

MAISD Named One of Ten Promise Zones In State - Press Release