Kalamazoo Promise Scholars May Attend Alma

Partnership with Michigan Colleges Alliance increases the number of Kalamazoo Promise eligible schools to 58 institutions in Michigan.

Beginning in fall of 2015, eligible students may use their Kalamazoo Promise scholarship to attend Alma College or any of the other 15 Michigan Colleges Alliance member colleges and universities in Michigan.

The partnership between The Kalamazoo Promise — the anonymous donor-supported scholarship program that pays up to 100 percent of tuition for graduates of public schools in Kalamazoo — and MCA increases the number of Promise eligible schools to 58 institutions throughout Michigan.

“This is an exciting development for Alma College and all parties involved,” says Bob Garcia, vice president for enrollment at Alma College. “The Kalamazoo Promise is able to broaden its generous support for the students of Kalamazoo Public Schools, the students are able to select from a broader set of college experiences, and Alma College will benefit from being able to welcome these students onto our campus.

“We are excited to experience the results of this partnership in the years to come,” says Garcia.

As part of the agreement, The Kalamazoo Promise and the MCA member institution will fully and jointly fund tuition and fees for students who choose to attend a private college. The Kalamazoo Promise will fund at the level of the undergraduate average tuition and fees for the College of Literature, Science and Arts at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The MCA member institution will cover any difference between that amount and the amount of its yearly tuition and fees.

“This partnership truly is a winning proposition for all,” says Bob Bartlett, CEO of the Michigan Colleges Alliance. “Promise Scholars will benefit from increased college choice throughout the state, and MCA colleges and universities will be enriched by having these deserving students on their campuses. We are grateful to The Kalamazoo Promise for creating this opportunity.”

Previously, the Promise scholarships could be used only at Michigan’s 15 public universities and 28 community colleges.

MCA member institutions include Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Andrews University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Hillsdale College, University of Detroit Mercy, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Marygrove College, Olivet College, Siena Heights University and Spring Arbor University.

Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) works to strengthen the shared capacity of 15 leading independent, four-year colleges and universities grounded in a liberal arts and sciences tradition, to broaden college choice in Michigan, support access to MCA campuses for students and families, and foster career outcomes for MCA graduates.


Story published on June 10, 2014