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Who is Eligible
for The PROMISE?

Tuition free PROMISE scholarships are
available to students attending the following 16 high schools:

Calvary Christian Schools
Fruitport Community Schools
Holton Public Schools
Mona Shores Public Schools
Montague Area Public Schools
Muskegon Catholic Schools
Muskegon Covenant Academy
Muskegon Public Schools
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy
North Muskegon Public Schools
Oakridge Public Schools
Orchard View Schools
Ravenna Public Schools
Reeths-Puffer Schools
Western Michigan Christian
Whitehall District Schools



What Do You
Need To Do?

House IconLIVE within the boundaries of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD).


Graduation Cap IconGRADUATE with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher from a high school located within the boundaries of the MAISD.

Dollar Sign IconAPPLY for student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the verification process as requested each year (

Laptop IconENROLL at either Muskegon Community College or Baker College of Muskegon.

No scholarship application is needed for the Promise award. Rather, students will be notified with a letter of eligibility and asked to accept the award in writing each spring. Annual acceptance is required for all students (new and returning) by July 1 of any given year. 

Students must successfully complete their coursework to maintain eligibility. Each college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policies apply.

Why do YOU need to
further YOUR education?

In days past, the West Michigan job market offered a good living without college or even a full high school education. Today we live in a globally-oriented, knowledge-driven world where 53% of Job postings require a certificate, an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree.*

By 2025, this number is projected to rise to 64%.**

Of Muskegon’s current workforce, only 34.8% have these types of post high school degrees.***

This is where the Muskegon Area Promise comes in.

* W.E. Upjohn Institute 2014 ** Talent 2025 *** Stronger Nation, Lumina Foundation 2019

You Can Be Part of the Promise!

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Investing in the Promise: Quick Facts Infographic

Muskegon Area Promise Infographic


How Does The

Scholarships will fund either a certificate program, a two-year associate degree or the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at Muskegon Community College or Baker College of Muskegon. The Promise provides the financial assistance necessary to obtain a two-year degree or its equivalent when used in conjunction with federal, state and institutional grants.

Students are encouraged to apply for all scholarship opportunities available to them. Other scholarships and grants will be awarded first before the Promise Scholarship is awarded. Some restrictions may apply.

The Promise covers tuition (valued at the current Muskegon Community College rate) and mandatory fees for full time or part time students.

Students will have a maximum of four years from high school graduation to use their Promise Scholarship award. Based on any revised financial aid information, the amount of the Promise Scholarship may be adjusted each year.

See Scholarship Terms at a Glance

For more information contact:

Megan Byard-Karaba
College Access Specialist
Phone: 231-767-3623
Contact via email



Muskegon Area Promise Zone Authority

Muskegon Area Promise Plans

PDF DocumentDevelopment Plan
PDF DocumentAmended Development Plan



Muskegon Area Promise Zone Authority Members

Member Name Organization Represented
Aaron Maike Baker College of Muskegon
Holly Hughes Community Representative
Cindy Larsen Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
John Severson Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Gary Nelund State Farm Insurance
Dale Nesbary Muskegon Community College
Steve Parker LongView Management Consulting
Laurel Zwit Greenridge Realty
John Swanson Swanson Pickle Company
Christopher Dean Muskegon Heights Fire Department
Megan Byard Karaba Muskegon Opportunity/Promise Zone Coordinator


Muskegon Area Promise Zone Meeting Dates & Minutes

2020 - Meeting Schedule

January 21, 2020
February 18, 2020 - Cancelled
March 17, 2020
April 21, 2020
May 19, 2020
June 16, 2020
July 21, 2020
August 18, 2020
September 15, 2020
October 20, 2020
November 17, 2020
December 15, 2020 

2019 - Meeting Schedule

January 15, 2019
February 19, 2019
March 19, 2019
April 16, 2019
May 21, 2019
June 18, 2019 - Cancelled
July 16, 2019
August 20, 2019
September 17, 2019
October 15, 2019
November 19, 2019
December 17, 2019