Muskegon Area Promise
Who is Eligible for The PROMISE?
Tuition free PROMISE scholarships are available to students attending the following 16 high schools:
Muskegon Catholic Central
Muskegon Covenant Academy
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy
Western Michigan Christian
The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is committed to serving all students who reside within the MAISD service area. We welcome homeschool student participation in countywide programs and services like the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center and the Muskegon Area Promise.
To register your student, or for additional information regarding Promise eligibility requirements for homeschool graduates, please link to our form below.
HOMESCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM
What Do You Need To Do?
LIVE within the boundaries of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.
GRADUATE with a qualifying GPA from one of the 16 eligible high schools.
APPLY for student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the verification process as requested each year (www.fafsa.gov).
ENROLL at either Muskegon Community College or Baker College of Muskegon.
No scholarship application is needed for the Promise award. Graduates will be notified with a letter of eligibility.
Each year, PROMISE scholars must accept the award by completing and returning the online form on or BEFORE July 1.
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 the 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 the majority 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 39% have these types of post high school degrees.***
This is where the Muskegon Area Promise comes in.
* W.E. Upjohn Institute 2014, **TalentFirst, ***Stronger Nation 2022
How Does The PROMISE Work?
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.
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:
College Access Specialist
Email Megan Byard-Karaba
Muskegon Area Promise Zone Authority Board
Muskegon Area Promise Plans
Development Plan - September 2015
Development Plan - as amended March 2016
Development Plan - as amended April 2020
Development Plan - as amended February 2023
|Member Name||Organization Represented|
|Aaron Maike||Baker College of Muskegon|
|Holly Hughes||Community Representative|
|Cindy Larsen||Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce|
|Randy Lindquist||Muskegon Area Intermediate School District|
|Gary Nelund||State Farm Insurance|
|John Selmon||Muskegon Community College|
|Steve Parker||LongView Management Consulting|
|Laurel Zwit||Greenridge Realty|
|John Swanson||Swanson Pickle Company|
|Christopher Dean||Muskegon Heights Fire Department|
|Keith Guy||Muskegon Public Schools|
|Megan Byard Karaba||Muskegon Opportunity/Promise Zone Coordinator|
Muskegon Area Promise Zone Meeting Dates & Minutes
2023 - Meeting Schedule
01/10/23 - Agenda; Minutes
02/14/23 - Agenda; Minutes
03/14/23 - Agenda; Minutes
04/11/23 - Agenda; Minutes
05/09/23 - Agenda; Minutes
06/13/23 - Agenda; Minutes
07/11/23 - Agenda; Minutes
08/08/23 - Agenda; Minutes
09/12/23 - Agenda; Minutes
10/10/23 - Agenda; Minutes
11/14/23 - Agenda; Minutes
12/12/23 - Agenda; Minutes
2022 - Meeting Schedule
01/18/22 - Cancelled
01/21/22 Retreat & January Meeting - Agenda; Minutes
02/15/22 - Agenda; Minutes
03/15/22 - Agenda; Minutes
04/19/22 - Agenda; Minutes
05/17/22 - Agenda; Minutes
06/21/22 - Agenda; Minutes
07/12/22 - Agenda; Minutes
08/09/22 - Agenda; Minutes
09/13/22 - Agenda; Minutes
10/11/22 - Agenda; Minutes
11/08/22 - Agenda; Minutes
12/13/22 - Agenda; Minutes
12/22/22 - Special Meeting Notice; Agenda; Minutes
2021 - Previous Year Minutes may be obtained by contacting the superintendent's office at 231-767-7201 or by email request to Barbara Irey.
Making the PROMISE possible
Thank you to all of our donors for making this journey of tuition free scholarships a reality! Our PROMISE is financially supported through commitment by pillar organizations, area business, higher education partners, state treasury and more. Every gift has made a difference, and every experience builds talent!