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Granholm stresses importance of New Merit Award Scholarships

LANSING: In her weekly radio address, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said she will send a special message to the Legislature asking them to pass her New Merit Award scholarship before they break for summer recess later this month.

“If we want the jobs of tomorrow in Michigan, we need to make this commitment to our young people today,” Granholm said.  “If we expect them all to get education or training after high school, we’ve got to help all of them pay for it.  It is that simple.”

The New Merit Award is a $4,000 scholarship that would be available to every student who wants to earn a college degree or technical certification.  Currently, the Michigan Merit Award is based on standardized test scores and is awarded to only half the students who graduate high school. 

The amount of the New Merit Award scholarship is enough to pay for a two-year degree at a Michigan community college or could be used at any public or private college and university to begin a four-year degree.  The scholarship could also be used for career or technical training.






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