W.K. Kellogg Foundation scholarships were announced on Wednesday for students graduating from Battle Creek public schools who plan to attend either a college or university in Michigan or a historically black college or university outside of Michigan. The foundation, created by cereal entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg in 1930, will make higher education accessible to underprivileged students.
The scholarship beneficiaries are primarily those who lack the financial ability to pursue a higher degree. This scholarship brings hope and possibility to many students. Kimberly Carter, the director of education in Battle Creek, Michigan, stated of the prize, “This scholarship brings the possibility of higher education to students who otherwise may not have the resources to pursue it.”
The scholarship amount will depend upon the length of time a student has spent in the Battle Creek school district. Students who have lived in the district continuously since kindergarten are eligible for a full tuition subsidy. Other students who have spent a shorter period of time in Battle Creek schools may receive a smaller scholarship. However, if a student enrolls in a private college, which is typically more expensive, the scholarship amount will depend on tuition fees of the University of Michigan.
Battle Creek’s neighboring city, Kalamazoo, launched a similar program funded by philanthropists in 2005, providing scholarships for college-bound students. Furthermore, the Battle Creek Community Foundation also delivers separate scholarships to students including those who apply for trade school or apprenticeship programs.
Overall, this scholarship program is a noble initiative that will open the door of higher education for students and help improve the community’s prosperity.