Students should begin searching for scholarships through their guidance office and counselors. Students can also use credible webs search sites like FastWeb, CollegeBoard.org, and the State of Michigan Grants and Scholarship Programs at a Glance.
It is typical for students to find scholarships in their home region. Information can be found by asking local persons and organizations. Typically, these are less competitive as the eligible population is smaller.
• Non-profits & charitable trusts
• Community foundations
• Music teachers
• Trade union/Labor/trade unions
• Houses of Worship
• Chamber of Commerce
• Volunteer organizations
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation believes the community members who will have the most impact on our community in the future are you, our young people. We believe that each and every one of you must have an equal chance to take advantage of the opportunities available to you.
This is why we have a scholarship program that helps hundreds of Kalamazoo and Van Buren County students go to college, or to a trade or technical school, each year. To date, we have awarded more than $21 million in scholarships and grants to more than 5,100 area students. The foundation offers both need and merit based scholarships.
Find Scholarships here.
The Kalamazoo Promise
In 2005, school officials in Kalamazoo announced that anonymous donors would make it possible for every graduate of the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) to attend any state university or community college in Michigan tuition free. While these donors wanted to see more young people in their community benefit from higher education, they also had bigger goals in mind. They wanted to transform their community, which was suffering from the decline of Michigan’s manufacturing base, by making universal higher education the centerpiece of Kalamazoo’s community and economic development strategy.
Fewer KPS students are dropping out of school and more are going to college. After years of declining enrollment, the KPS gained more new students than any district in the state as families moved in from other communities in Michigan and other states.
Learn how your child may qualify here.