Pursuing his Passion

Maurice's story

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Maurice's story

As a middle school student in Saginaw, Maurice discovered his love for computers. Today, he’s pursuing a degree in computer information systems at Saginaw Valley State University.

“The Saginaw Promise is a great thing for students who are looking for scholarships within the Saginaw area. It allows me to have some of my college tuition paid off and it’s great to meet a lot of the people that are behind the Saginaw Promise. This program will benefit high schoolers for many years to come.”

His advice for high school students that want to move on to higher education?

“Develop a specific routine for studying. It will help tremendously when first entering college.”

A future physical therapist

Brianna's story

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Brianna's story

After graduating high school in 2012, Brianna joined the inaugural class of Saginaw Promise scholars.

Today, she is on the verge of graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in kinesiology. Her goal is to become a physical therapist.

“At first I was pre-nursing coming into Michigan State. When I realized exercise science and physiology was more interesting and appealing to me, I switched my major. My grandmother has permanent nerve damage in her knee and has to use a cane for life.”

Thanks to scholarships like the Saginaw Promise, Brianna will be able to graduate and begin her career with less student loan debt. She intends on pursuing graduate school after graduation.

Be willing and ready to work

Jacob's story

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Jacob's story

Unlike most college freshmen who start college in the fall, Jacob began his studies in the summer at the University of Michigan. What would he share with high school students about his college experience so far?

“It’s not easy. Be willing and ready to work.”

In 2015, Jacob began his collegiate studies with the ultimate goal of becoming a doctor. The Saginaw Promise is there to help him succeed.

“The Saginaw Promise Scholarship reduces the financial burden on me, as schooling and preparation for medicine are so expensive..”

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Saginaw Made a Promise

The Saginaw Promise is a “last dollar”, “place based” scholarship program, designed to serve as a catalyst in Saginaw for economic development and retain and attract new families and businesses to the community through a focus and support for postsecondary education*.

By the year 2018, 62% of available jobs in Michigan will require education beyond high school. source

By 2020, economists project that 65% of jobs (almost two-thirds) will require some form of postsecondary education.  source

*Postsecondary education refers to education beyond high school and includes technical or trade school, community college or university. 

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