Still time to apply for ‘Frontliners’
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
In September, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Futures for Frontliners program, offering free college tuition to Michigan adults who provided essential services during the Stay Home, Stay Safe orders between April and June 30, 2020.
Since then, over 1,200 students applied and were approved for the scholarship program. These include new LCC students, current LCC students and former students returning to LCC after time away.
According to LCC Academic Adviser Lisa Alexander: “1,225 students have identified LCC as the community college they would like to use the Future for Frontliners scholarship. The State of Michigan has over 70,000 applicants.”
According to Alexander, students can begin using the scholarship as soon as the spring 2021 semester. The scholarship can be used for tuition and some fees.
“Futures for Frontliners will cover resident tuition for billing hours, the registration fee and the student support fee,” Alexander said. “It will not cover course fees.”
The deadline to apply for the Futures for Frontliners scholarship program is 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2020.
“I would encourage them (students) to apply because this is a great opportunity for essential workers. You just need to start the process,” Alexander said. “This scholarship allows frontliners to retool and gain new skills to improve their standard of living and improve their life. Why wouldn’t you apply?”
Dr. Toni Glasscoe, Associate VP of External Affairs, Development and K-12 Operations, said she too encourages students to apply if they have not already done so.
“I think in most cases the same people that were supporting the economy and supporting us while we were safe are still working,” Glasscoe said. “Sometimes it’s difficult to put yourself first and slow down long enough to take advantage of this opportunity (that) definitely can change your life.
“I would encourage them, take the hour or two that it takes to apply because you’re worth it, they’re worth it; they’re the heroes.”
Glasscoe mentioned there are other programs students can take advantage of in the future similar to Futures for Frontliners.
“It’s not a missed opportunity if students are not able to apply before or by Dec. 31 … part of our commitment as community colleges is to help students be as successful as possible because that will increase the possibilities of the program continuing.
“Michigan Reconnect is another program that we’re focusing on now and that program is going to be announced shortly as well, and so that’s one example of an additional opportunity.”
Glasscoe said she is proud of Michigan for stepping up, being innovative and implementing Futures for Frontliners.
“Programs like this are great promising practices for the rest of the nation … I would hope that our frontliners really feel appreciated,” Glasscoe said. “We are very proud at LCC to be a part of this initiative.”
The link to apply for Futures for Frontliners can be found here: michigan.gov/frontliners.