Officials from The University of Olivet and the Lansing Promise announced a partnership that will provide significant assistance to students from the Lansing School District during a press conference Wednesday, May 25 at the Lansing School District Board of Education Office.
With this new partnership, The University of Olivet will be the only private, liberal arts college represented as a Lansing Promise institution.
“The University of Olivet is pleased to be recognized as the capital region’s private college of choice for Lansing Promise Scholars,” said The University of Olivet President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “Anyone familiar with The University of Olivet’s unique history and mission knows that we are committed to providing all students, no matter their background or socioeconomic circumstances, with the opportunity to pursue a higher education. As a Lansing Promise institution, we will be able to extend that opportunity even further to many deserving students from the Lansing School District.”
As the capitol region’s private college, The University of Olivet has committed to providing Lansing Promise-eligible students with the opportunity to have an immersive, residential educational experience below the cost of tuition, room and board at Michigan State University. Once a student is selected as a Lansing Promise Scholar, he or she will be awarded the The University of Olivet/Lansing Promise Scholar Grant each academic year in which he or she also is a full-time, residential student at The University of Olivet. This grant is available immediately to eligible students entering the fall 2016 semester.
“With this partnership, students who seek the individualized, inclusive college experience that The University of Olivet provides will have a real, affordable choice,” Corey said. “The University of Olivet defines itself by who it includes, not who it excludes, and we recognize that making an education available for students from all walks of life is more critical than ever. We truly look forward to providing that opportunity to Lansing Promise Scholars who choose Olivet.”
Established in 2012, the Lansing Promise is a post-secondary education scholarship program that provides financial assistance to high school graduates within the Lansing School District geographic boundaries. More than 500 Lansing high school graduates will benefit from Lansing Promise dollars by the end of 2016, which also marks the year the promise will surpass $1 million in scholarship funds awarded.