Community comes together to provide college scholarships to high school students

West Shore Community College

MANISTEE COUNTY (WPBN/WGTU) -- As the cost of a college education continues to rise it can be hard for parents to afford to send their kids.

Thanks to the help of some community members 32 high school students in Manistee County don't have to worry about that.

Wednesday night was the official Manistee Committment Scholarship Induction Ceremony.

"Through this program they are able to attend West Shore Community College for free for 60 credits or up to three years," said Committment Program Coordinator Hannah Rodriguez. "So essentially they are receiving free tuition for an associates degree."

To keep their scholarships students have to maintain a 2.33 GPA and be involved in the community throughout high school.

Brooke Rinck, one of the students getting inducted to the program said she wasn't expecting it.

"They took me into the guidance counselor's office with this one person, I thought I was in trouble at first," said Rinck. "Then they gave me an interview and we signed a form and now here I am."

"These are students who have been nominated by their schools," said Rodriguez. "They represent every school in Manistee County and they have been nominated because they show academic promise and because they have some financial needs."

The program is only possible through the help of the community.

"I'm so grateful for all of the people that were able to put this together," said Tiffany Armstrong, another scholarship recipient. "Thank you for giving me this opportunity and letting me be part of this."

"I was extremely thankful because I didn't know how it was going to work out," said Rinck."

Rodriguez said though the students are typically nominated for the program, if anyone is interested they should reach out to teachers and faculty.

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