Muskegon Promise needs more cash to keep up with demand

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A program aimed at covering two years of college for Muskegon County high school graduates is dealing with "unexpected high demand."

On Friday, leaders of Muskegon Area Promise recognized a dozen donors and businesses giving $759,500 to the scholarship program through the “Dream Bigger” fundraising campaign.

Muskegon Area Promise needs another $2.5 million in private donations over the next six years to meet demand for the two-year scholarships to Muskegon Community College or Baker College of Muskegon. Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Superintendent John Severson says while program leaders expected many eligible students to head to four-year universities, about half of them opted for local college to take advantage of the scholarship.

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