Muskegon Area Promise

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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!

Invest today! Click the icon below to donate
and search for 'Muskegon Area Promise".

Donate at Community Foundation of Muskegon County


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
Email Megan Byard-Karaba



Muskegon Area Promise Plans

PDF DocumentDevelopment Plan
PDF DocumentAmended Development Plan
Amended Development Plan - 04/21/20



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
Keith Guy Muskegon Public Schools
Megan Byard Karaba Muskegon Opportunity/Promise Zone Coordinator

Muskegon Area Promise Zone Meeting Dates & Minutes

2022 - Meeting Schedule - click on the meeting date for a copy of the minutes.

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
07/19/22 - Agenda; Minutes
08/16/22 - Agenda; Minutes
09/20/22 - Agenda; Minutes
10/18/22 - Agenda; Minutes
11/15/22 - Agenda; Minutes
12/20/22 - 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.



Thank you Gold Level Donors:

THANK YOU to our Muskegon Area Promise Phase One donors for making this free 2-year scholarship a reality!

Phase Two Promise fundraising has begun and we need everyone. Invest today to be part of the Promise!

Promise funding October 2020

Muskegon Area Promise Funders

15 School Districts
16 Program Areas
16 Years in Operation
31 Educators
839 Students