Baldwin ready with scholarship money

BALDWIN, Mich. - The Baldwin Promise Authority has collected enough money to award its first scholarships to Baldwin Community Schools Class of 2010 graduates, organizers announced recently, according to the Ludington Daily News.

The program will pay up to $5,000 per year for up to four years toward tuition at a Michigan university or college. The recipients must maintain a 2.0 grade point average while in college, the News reported.

The Baldwin Promise Authority was established under the state's new Promise Zone legislation, which requires local groups to raise enough money to pay for the first two years of a scholarship program, according to the News. In subsequent years the program will receive a share of education tax dollars generated by increased property values in the district, the report said. The Baldwin Promise Authority has raised $80,000 of the estimated $120,000 it needs, the News reported.

Baldwin Promise scholarships will be prorated for students who attended less than four years at Baldwin High School, according to the report.

Ludington Daily News, "Baldwin's promise: Graduate and receive up to $20,000 for college tuition," Sept. 9, 2009

Michigan Education Digest, "Promise Zone bills signed," Jan. 16, 2009