Flint Promise Announces Scholarship Program for Local Youth

FLINT, Mich. – High school seniors in the Class of 2018 can soon apply for the Flint Promise (#flintpromise) scholarship, beginning March 1.

“We’re excited to launch Flint Promise with the Class of 2018,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which administers and operates the scholarship program. “This program goes a long way to make college more accessible. As a result, more young people will be better prepared for the 21st-century workforce.”

The Flint Promise scholarship will be available to eligible students who reside in Flint, and either graduate from a high school or complete a GED program located in Flint in 2018 or later.

The number of years a student has lived in and attended school in Flint determines what percentage of college tuition, books and fees will be covered. Flint Promise is a “last-dollar” scholarship, which goes into effect after grants and other scholarships have been applied, and will cover up to 100 percent of a student’s costs.

“The Flint Promise Fund was established because of the foresight and generosity of Tom Gores and the Consumers Energy Foundation,” said Isaiah Oliver, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. “It is fulfilling to know that more Flint graduates will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams through post-secondary education.”

Scholarship recipients may attend Mott Community College for up to three academic years as they pursue a certificate or an associate degree.

“Flint Promise will open doors, allowing more students an opportunity to pursue their academic and career goals,” said Michael Freeman, Chairman of the Mott Community College Board of Trustees. “When our students succeed, our city and our county prosper. That is why Mott Community College is committed to Flint students and Flint Promise 100 percent. We want to help ensure that a promise made is a promise kept.”

Once a student earns an associate degree or transfer certificate from Mott Community College, he or she is eligible for automatic acceptance to the University of Michigan-Flint. There, the student may extend the Flint Promise scholarship for up to three academic years as he or she pursues a bachelor’s degree.

“Flint Promise represents opportunity – the possibility for Flint students to earn a Michigan degree regardless of financial situation, and the chance to invest in our community through increased access to and promotion of higher education,” said University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor Susan E. Borrego. “UM-Flint is proud to be a partner in Flint Promise and remains committed to making a college degree more accessible for our community.”

Similar scholarship programs exist in cities including Kalamazoo, Detroit and Lansing, to name a few. Research from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research shows that these Promise programs can help strengthen local school districts, increase graduation rates and improve the education levels of the local workforce.

In recognition of the new scholarship and the positive impact it will make, the City of Flint has issued a proclamation designating March 1, 2018 Flint Promise Day.

“Flint Promise is a long-term investment in the City of Flint and in our youth,” said Mayor Karen Weaver. “We know our youth are worth the investment therefore, it is important that we as parents, teachers and leaders do what we can to make them aware of this wonderful opportunity and how they can make the most of it.”

Flint Promise was established through $2 million in combined gifts from the Consumers Energy Foundation and Tom Gores, Founder of FlintNOW.

Enrollment for the scholarship will begin March 1, with a deadline of July 16 for first-year students enrolling in the fall semester.

For more information, including a full list of eligibility requirements, visit


Attention Graduating HS Seniors: The Tom Joyner Foundation is Now Accepting Applications for its ‘Full Ride’ Scholarship Program

Dallas, TX — The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2018.
“Our full ride scholars are outstanding,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “We’re looking for another amazing young person who already is changing the world – and wants to go to an HBCU where they can pursue their dreams.”

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website –

Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

1) A United States Citizen
2) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2018)
3) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 1400 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
4) Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2018.
5) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

The applications must be postmarked no later than January 19, 2018. Interviews will occur in March 2018.
Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last year’s winner, Z’Kijah Fleming of DeSoto, Texas, who is attending Howard University where she is planning to major in sports business; Morgan Taylor Brown, of Fayetteville, Ga., who is attending Spelman College, pursuing her interests to become a psychiatrist. In 2015, JoAnna Jones of Ashville, North Carolina’s Buncombe County Early College High School is attending Winston-Salem State University, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Another winner is Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank.

Blaine Robertson of Reserve, La. graduated from Howard University and he is pursuing his dream of teaching high school back home in Louisiana. Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., also graduated from Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Wilson, who passed the New York Bar exam, is now a Bertha Justice Institute Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Another one of our Full Ride Scholars Cheyenne Boyce graduated from Spelman College, is completing her master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution at the American University in Washington, D.C. The Detroit-native, who is fluent in Japanese, graduated from Spelman College. She spent a year as a prestigious Fulbright scholar teaching English to families in Malaysia.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation,, 214-448-3765.