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Officials from Olivet College and the Lansing Promise announced a partnership that will provide significant assistance to students from the Lansing School District during a press conference Wednesday, May 25 at the Lansing School District Board of Education Office.

With this new partnership, Olivet College will be the only private, liberal arts college represented as a Lansing Promise institution.

“Olivet College is pleased to be recognized as the capital region’s private college of choice for Lansing Promise Scholars,” said Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “Anyone familiar with Olivet College’s unique history and mission knows that we are committed to providing all students, no matter their background or socioeconomic circumstances, with the opportunity to pursue a higher education. As a Lansing Promise institution, we will be able to extend that opportunity even further to many deserving students from the Lansing School District.”

As the capitol region’s private college, Olivet College has committed to providing Lansing Promise-eligible students with the opportunity to have an immersive, residential educational experience below the cost of tuition, room and board at Michigan State University. Once a student is selected as a Lansing Promise Scholar, he or she will be awarded the Olivet College/Lansing Promise Scholar Grant each academic year in which he or she also is a full-time, residential student at Olivet College. This grant is available immediately to eligible students entering the fall 2016 semester.

“With this partnership, students who seek the individualized, inclusive college experience that Olivet College provides will have a real, affordable choice,” Corey said. “Olivet College defines itself by who it includes, not who it excludes, and we recognize that making an education available for students from all walks of life is more critical than ever. We truly look forward to providing that opportunity to Lansing Promise Scholars who choose Olivet.”

Established in 2012, the Lansing Promise is a post-secondary education scholarship program that provides financial assistance to high school graduates within the Lansing School District geographic boundaries. More than 500 Lansing high school graduates will benefit from Lansing Promise dollars by the end of 2016, which also marks the year the promise will surpass $1 million in scholarship funds awarded.

For more information about the Olivet College/Lansing Promise Scholars Grant, contact Lauren Kirkham, academic enrollment specialist, at 269.749.7226 or lkirkham@olivetcollege.edu.

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