Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce donates $65,206 to the Lansing Promise Scholarship program
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
More young people that graduate from Lansing Schools will have an opportunity to attend college as a result of a $65,206 donation to the Lansing Promise Scholarship fund from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). A formal check presentation was made to the Lansing Promise during ceremonies at the LRCC.
“We truly appreciate the leadership the Lansing Regional Chamber has demonstrated in recognizing the importance of giving our young people a chance at a better life,” said Kellie Dean, chair of the Lansing Promise Scholarship. “The generosity of our business community means deserving youth get an opportunity for a college education and preparation for a great future.”
“As leaders in the community, our Chamber members understand the importance of preparing our young people to be the workforce of tomorrow,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer. “The education that Lansing students receive as a result of the Lansing Promise Scholarship will provide the next generation of talent our employers need to effectively compete in the global economy.”
For the past two years, the LRCC Economic Club has worked in conjunction with Lansing native and former basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Lansing Promise and Lansing Public Schools to present a major spring fundraiser to benefit Lansing promise. Those two events combined to raise more than $2.1 million in support of the scholarship fund.
“It is inspiring to witness the support of our business community and to see our region's leaders investing in the future of Lansing's young people. With 600 Promise Scholars accepted into the program to date, we are finding real success stories in this city. Thanks to events like this and the leadership of the Chamber, we are seeing an entire community stepping up and taking part in what will become a powerful and community driven Promise story," said Justin Sheehan, executive director of Lansing Promise. "We are grateful for the support received from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the entire region. And we look forward to where the region is headed."
The Lansing Promise is an award offered to graduates of public and private schools within the Lansing School District (LSD) boundaries. It provides the financial assistance necessary to obtain a two-year degree or its equivalent at an eligible school. Students who are striving to successfully complete their high school education will be met with several scholarship options for post-secondary education at Lansing Community College, Michigan State University and Olivet College.