Gift Will Help WMU Promise Students Become Teachers
$275,000 Gift Will Expand Support for Students Pursuing Education Degrees
An anonymous donor has contributed $250,000 to Western Michigan University to help Kalamazoo Promise students pursue their degrees in education.
The program targets students from low-income and traditionally underrepresented cultural backgrounds. The money will be in addition to the tuition funds granted through the Kalamazoo Promise. Ten select students, who are earning teaching degrees and pursing teaching certificates, will be given $5,000 annually for five years. The money can be used for books, transportation and other costs.
In addition, Kalamazoo Public Schools will provide the students with student teaching opportunities and give them consideration for teaching jobs once they graduate.
Advia Credit Union, through its recently created Advia Foundation, will give $25,000 to provide one additional student with the same experience.
The gifts were announced Friday morning. Read the Kalamazoo Gazette story on the announcement.
Cutline: Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice discusses the program, while Dr. Ming Li, left, dean of WMU's College of Education and Human Development, and WMU President John Dunn listen during a press conference on Friday.