The Mid Michigan College Foundation’s program, Students of Promise, recently inducted its thirteenth group of students. Twenty-five seventh grade students, selected from Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin, and Harrison school districts, were welcomed into the program with a formal ceremony and reception.
Now in its thirteenth year, the program promotes cultural awareness, academic achievement, higher education, and social development to academically promising students who face significant challenges in their lives.
Staff from local school systems identified and nominated students for the program.Of this group, twenty-five students were selected.The Students of Promise program works with these students through high school graduation and into college.
Program participants are encouraged to reach their highest potential through activities and opportunities that broaden their horizons, expose them to higher education, and allow them to interact with positive role models.
Program experiences include a trip to the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, etiquette training and five-course meal, and learning survival skills while spending time on a remote island with no technology. Students have scaled rock walls, developed team building skills, discussed the principals of character, polished Petoskey Stones, crafted with residents at a retirement home, analyzed fibers and fingerprints to solve a crime, enjoyed flight simulators, and seen a rhinoceros up close.It’s fun – with a purpose.
“As the students move through the program, the focus changes,” explained Tammy Alvaro, program coordinator.“Instead of exploring museums, they begin exploring careers, and preparing for life after high school.Their world views start to expand, along with the consideration given to their futures.”
In the last two years of the program, the students are encouraged to take college-level classes through dual enrollment.They also get assistance with exploring college choices, applying for college, and navigating the financial aid process.
The Mid Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance Mid’s services to its students and the community through fund development, scholarships, program development, and improved instructional facilities.Its largest fundraiser, A Northern Tradition at Jay’s Sporting Goods, occurs every April, and has raised over $1.5 million in sixteen years.
“It’s very exciting to watch the students grow and mature,” noted Alvaro.“For these new inductees, they’ve just started their journeys, and this program will impact their lives in incredible ways.”
For more information about Students of Promise, visit midmich.edu/studentsofpromise or contact Tammy Alvaro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 386-6634.
Pictured In Photo
(Front Row, L-R) Kylie Kasper, Jesse Huber, Jade Shearer, Kaden Murdoch, Hailey LeVasseur, Haylie Allsop, Aiden Lawrence, Gabriel Hadley
(Middle Row, L-R) Vanessa Guzman, Jaden Emerson, Cheyenne Smith, Quinn Elgie, Cheyanne Ireland, Kadin Collins, Darron DeFoy, Nikolas Mattoon, Lexis Bell, Zoey Kingry
(Back Row, L-R) William Warner, Hannah Baker, Jayden McCown, Tyler Wardell, Dakota Brandon, Bow Wardell, Timothy Cobb