Kalamazoo Promise

Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo

Getting to college means getting through the admission process, and finding the money to pay for it. That can be complicated for everyone, more so for a student from the first generation in their family to go to college. 


WMUK

The last decade has brought a number of imitators to the Kalamazoo Promise. Michelle Miller-Adams chronicled the spread of those programs in Promise Nation: Transforming Communities Through Place Based Scholarships. 


WMUK

The Director of Western Michigan University's Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations says the Kalamazoo Promise is making a difference. But Tim Ready says addressing poverty and inequality means also addressing factors outside of school. 


WMUK

A new report from the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research finds more students are graduating from college because of the Kalamazoo Promise. Economist Tim Bartik says it increases the chances of a student earning a degree by about one-third. 


"KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Promise "significantly" increases college college graduation rates and offers a substantial return on the dollars spent, according to the first major study of the scholarship program's post-secondary outcomes." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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