Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Governor Awards Michigan Students Merit Scholarships

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Governor Awards Michigan Students Merit Scholarships

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Gov. John Engler signed into law earlier this month, scholarships for Michigan students who pass the state assessment test.

Beginning with next year's graduates - the class of 2000 - a student who meets state standards in reading, math, science, and writing will earn a scholarship. Those who attend Michigan colleges will receive $2,500, while those who go out of state will get $1,000.

Engler says the scholarships will be an incentive for student achievement and will address a big concern for the business community- the desire for an educated workforce.

"The Michigan Merit Award invests in our future by investing in the skills of our people," he said at the signing ceremony at a desk set up under Michigan State University's Beaumont Tower, the signature landmark of his alma mater. "The result will be a better workforce with better jobs and a better future."

Students who perform well on the Michigan Education Assessment Program test in seventh and eighth grade can also earn up to $500. …

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