Kalamazoo Promise


Planning has started for celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the Kalamazoo Promise.

The privately-funded college scholarship for graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools was announced in November 2005. It was the first program of its kind in the nation. Since then, Promise officials say it has provided more than $60 million to help almost 4,000 students to on to college. The program covers tuition at all public colleges and universities in Michigan as well as at a number of private institutions like Kalamazoo College.


Upjohn Institute Researcher Michelle Miller-Adams spends a lot of her time examining how the Kalamazoo Promise is working and how other communities are trying to develop their own programs. 

Comparison of post-secondary outcomes for Kalamazoo area schools

But high school graduates in Southwest Michigan are less likely than rest of state to attend college

But Promise Executive Director says too many students are dropping out or getting stalled before finishing college