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Town hall meeting discusses new scholarship program in Flint

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Many young folks are planning for their future and a part of that is deciding which college they will attend, but tuition can be pretty expensive.

Now teens in one Mid-Michigan city will be able to go to college thanks to a program that’s about to start.

The Flint Promise program has finally launched. It’s a scholarship program for high school graduates heading off to college.

A town hall meeting helped get everyone on the same page.

“It’s great to talk to high school counselors and high school parents that live in Flint that go to school in Flint so this is a great day for Flint,” said Tim Herman, the CEO of Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Herman announced the fund is starting out with $2 million. They hope to reach more students and get different colleges involved as the program grows.

The Flint Promise allows eligible students to start their education at Mott Community College and then head over to the University of Michigan Flint where they’ll get their Bachelor’s Degree.

To be eligible, students must graduate from one of the 11 Flint city high schools in 2018 or later while also living in the city limits.

They must be 24 years old or younger and hold a 1.8 GPA.

Endia Crowder is happy to hear she hits every single requirement.

“I actually feel kind of excited about it you know?” Crowder said. “Like okay maybe this will help me pay for some college fees and I won’t have to take out so many students loans. It will take a lot of stress off of me and my parents.”

When she graduates high school in a few months, Crowder has some big plans.

With help from the Flint Promise, she hopes to save lives.

“I want to go to medical school, but I’m still deciding on what type of doctor I want to be so I hope that comes into play and I hope that happens.”

Enrollment for Flint city high school graduates begin March 1st.

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For more information, including a full list of eligibility requirements, you can visit The Flint Promise's website.

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