The Ypsilanti Promise is a big idea that will promote academic success and encourages students to dream big. With high aspirations and hope we can change the culture of low expectations to one that believes every child has potential and with the appropriate support, encouragement and resources, that potential can be realized.
The Ypsilanti Promise is a scholarship program designed to transform the lives of students, families and the Ypsilanti community. The Ypsilanti Promise will provide a post-secondary scholarship for all qualifying students who reside and attend school within the boundaries of Ypsilanti Community Schools.
The full impact of the Ypsilanti Promise begins with individual students and expands to revitalize the entire community. It will inspire students to complete high school, sharpens focus on academic achievement and provides a direct path to post-secondary educational opportunities. It will also serve as a catalyst for economic development by retaining and attracting families and business to the community.
The Ypsilanti Promise scholarships will build on Ypsilanti Community School’s 4+1 early college alliance program that allows students to earn a high school diploma and substantial college credit through an additional fifth year of study. Ypsilanti Community Schools will be able to attract students by promoting the Ypsilanti Promise and the early college alliance programs at Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University, and MIAT College of Technology.
Ypsilanti Promise scholarships will be available at several levels: