In February 2016, Launch Manistee announced plans for a Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program. The program was put together due to the generosity of Manistee residents Bill and Marty Paine, who are financially supporting it and through the coordination of Launch Manistee. It is also a joint effort of West Shore Community College, Manistee County Community Foundation (MCCF) and six local school districts: Manistee, Manistee Catholic, Bear Lake, Onekama, CASMAN and Kaleva Norman Dickson (Brethren).
The program promises a college education to 32 select Manistee County ninth graders who show academic promise and have financial need. In addition to receiving a tuition scholarship to West Shore Community College for up to three years and 60 credit hours, selected students and their families will benefit from complimentary programs that provide academic, social, and financial support.
Now heading into our third year, we have three cohorts and a total of 84 students who were nominated by their respective schools.
Save the Date: Our third Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at West Shore Community College at 6:00 p.m. for our third cohort of students.
If you are interested in public events related to the Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program, please join the Launch Manistee Facebook page and watch for photos, updates and event notices.