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Michigan Promise Zone
BPA Approved Revision April 2012


To qualify for an initial Baldwin Promise scholarship, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  •  Reside within the boundaries of the Baldwin Community School District.
  • Attend, for one or more years, and graduate from Baldwin High School or a non-public school (as defined in Public Act 549 of 2008) within the promise zone. The years attended will pro-rate the maximum annual amount of the Baldwin Promise Award as follows:
  • 9th - 12th Grade: 100%
  • 10th - 12th Grade: 75%
  • 11th - 12th Grades: 50%
  • 12th Grade only: 25%
  •  GED Completion 10%
  •  Maximum scholarship awards are based on full time college attendance. Students who enroll part time during eligible years will receive pro-rated scholarship awards.
  •  Apply for, and use, the Baldwin Promise Scholarship awards within four years of graduation from Baldwin High School or a Non-Public School within the promise zone.*

*Consideration for extended eligibility or other extenuating circumstances requests may be considered by the Baldwin Michigan Promise Zone Authority Board.


Any Baldwin High School graduate meeting Promise criteria who attends an eligible Michigan college or university will receive up to $5,000 or full tuition and fee payment (whichever is less) per year of college for up to four years ($20,000 maximum four year award). All students must first apply for federal and state grants, with individual scholarship awards varying according to the total cost of tuition and fees and the amount of federal and state grant awards identified prior to Baldwin Promise Scholarship Award determination. The Baldwin Promise Scholarship is intended to be a "middle dollar” scholarship used to cover tuition and other mandatory fees not covered by federal or state grant sources. In the financial aid package for students, it could be used to replace loan or work study portions but should not replace federal or state grants or scholarships. The Promise Award is not designed to replace scholarship awards received from private sources intended to enhance the maximum amount of the Baldwin Promise Scholarship. Students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and accept all federal or state money prior to the determination of the amount of the Baldwin Promise. Expected family contributions and subsidized loan programs do not reduce the amount of the Baldwin Promise Scholarship.


The Baldwin Promise scholarships may be used at a public or private postsecondary institution in Michigan or a combination of public or private postsecondary institutions in Michigan, subject to any limitations authorized under section seven (7) of Public Act 549.

The proposed promise of financial assistance may also, at most, provide funding for an eligible student to attend a private college in Michigan in an amount not to exceed the average tuition necessary to obtain a bachelor's degree at all public universities in the state or the maximum amount of the Promise Scholarship, whichever is less.


Each year the student attends the college of his/her choice, the student must:

  •  Earn at least a 2.0 grade point average per semester/trimester in college.
  •  Apply for (FAFSA) and accept Federal and State Grants (Pell and TIP).
  •  Apply for the continuation of the Baldwin Promise Scholarship.
  •  Supply a copy of their college transcript with the application, and also supply any financial aid awards for the next year of college attendance. The amount of the Baldwin Promise may be adjusted each year based on any revised financial information provided.

See the Baldwin Promise website at for complete information.

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