H.O.P.E. scholars earn free college
By Haneen Hammad
A ceremony awarding 500 sixth graders with two years of free college took place at Lansing Community College, on Wednesday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The H.O.P.E. Scholarship program is aimed at reducing crime and promoting education. It is held in cooperation with the City of Lansing, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, the Lansing Police Department, the YMCA, local businesses and private citizens.
According to an LCC press release, the idea behind the program is to give students a clear pathway to higher education. The program will produce safer schools, contribute to higher graduation rates and prepare students with good-paying jobs, the release stated.
Students must attend the Lansing School District and be initiated into the program as sixth graders. Students promise to finish high school in exchange for two years of free tuition at Lansing Community College. The students are chosen by their school based on their ability to utilize the program.
Because of the H.O.P.E. program, experience has shown that more than 90 percent of the students who entered the scholarship graduated from high school on time.