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Rochester College to offer scholarships through Detroit Promise program

Oakland Press

March 23, 2018

By: Andrea Peck

Rochester College will partner with Detroit Promise to offer scholarships to qualified Detroit-resident students graduating from a high school in the city of Detroit.

The partnership will begin in spring of 2018. For its first year involved in the program, Rochester College is a limited partner, which limits the total number of students whom they can support through Detroit Promise funding.

“We want all students to be able to pursue a postsecondary education if that is what they want to do,” Dr. Brian Stogner, president of Rochester College, said in a statement. “Getting an education should not be only for the privileged few, but a choice available to students regardless of their financial capabilities. We are honored to partner with Detroit Promise, which is helping to make dreams a reality for so many students, and encouraging them to go after their passions.”

To qualify for the four-year university track, students must:

• Attend all four years and graduate from any Detroit high school

• Reside in Detroit for all four years of high school

• Obtain a 3.0 cumulative GPA as of Feb. 15 in their senior year

• Earn a score of at least 21 on the ACT or at least 1060 on the SAT

If the student meets these qualifications they can apply to the Detroit Promise program and apply to any of the participating four-year universities.

To remain eligible for funding, students must maintain a minimum 2.5 overall GPA, remain on track to complete a degree within four years and be enrolled as a full-time student successfully passing and completing at least 24 credits per school year (12 credits per semester).

In 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan to provide Detroit high school graduates with a tuition-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate. In 2013, the Detroit Regional Chamber administered the Detroit Promise, which is funded through the Michigan Excellence in Education Foundation and university partners. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan enacted the Detroit Promise Zone authority in 2016, which dedicates a portion of tax dollars to assist in funding the scholarships. The program ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate, technical certificate or bachelor’s degree at participating community colleges and four-year universities.

For more information on Rochester College, visit rc.edu. For more information on Detroit Promise, visit detroitchamber.com.