Students can voice their opinions to state senators and representatives Thursday concerning the Michigan Promise Scholarship.
The Student Government Association will set up tables between 8 a.m. and noon in the Real Food on Campus Cafeteria, Fresh Food Company, Robinson Residential Restaurant the Bovee University Center, and from noon to 2 p.m. in the Merrill Residential Restaurant.
SGA will provide senators and representatives telephone numbers and a “what to say” guide for participating students. Laptops are available to conduct research.
• When: 8 a.m. to noon Thursday
• Where: Real Food on Campus, Fresh Food Company and Robinson Residential Restaurant
• Also: From noon to 2 p.m. in Merrill Residential Restaurant
Students can demand their scholarship back, said SGA Vice President Brittany Mouzourakis, a Garden City senior.
About the promise
According to michigan.gov, to be eligible to receive funds in the Michigan Promise Scholarship program, student must take the entire Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and show valid test results for all MME components.
The Michigan Promise Scholarship began in 2007 and provided up to $4,000 to high school graduates for completing two years of post-secondary education. The Michigan Senate now is trying to eliminate the scholarship because of budget cuts.
“It’s very important that, when the state makes a promise to us, they follow through with it,” said Brighton freshman Colleen McNeely, chairwoman of the legislative affairs committee.
Students are already enduring weak economic times, along with the rest of the state, so taking the scholarship away does not make sense, she said.
“We’re encouraging five minutes out of your day. It can make a big financial difference in your future,” said SGA President Jason Nichol, a Mount Pleasant senior.
Giving a voice
This issue was discussed Monday at SGA’s meeting, where Mouzourakis presented the resolution of the Michigan Promise Scholarship to SGA Senators and Representatives.
The Legislative Affairs Committee researched and formed a resolution document. A voice vote was done, and every attendee of the meeting was in favor of passing the legislation to administration.
According to the Michigan Promise Scholarship Resolution document, more than 3,000 CMU incoming freshmen and returning students were not awarded their earned scholarship. The amount that was expected to fund their education is more than $3 million.
CMU has to pick up these debts of the state, and it is costing the university thousands of dollars, Mouzourakis said.
“The legislation is to show that the Central Michigan University student body advocates for continued funding of the Promise Scholarship,” she said.
Flint senior Sarah Lechota, an SGA senator, hopes the Michigan Promise is reinstated for students to further use.
“I think it’s like Michigan saying that they don’t want college graduates because they’re taking away scholarships for people to go to college,” Lechota said.
Mouzourakis is encouraging students to participate in Promise Day.
“It has an adverse impact on our student body,” Mouzourakis said.