KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Promise fund recently received two large donations that will help students who are hoping to become teachers.
Western Michigan University says the Promise fund received a $250,000 anonymous gift and another $25,000 donation from the Kalamazoo Advia Foundation.
The money will be used to fund a new combined effort from WMU and Kalamazoo Public Schools called the “Future Educators Program.” Each of the students selected will get $5,000 a year for things like teacher certification costs. That money is in addition to their tuition scholarship from the Kalamazoo Promise.
According to a release, to be eligible for the program, a student needs to be enrolled full-time in WMU’s pre-teacher education or teacher education undergraduate program, be a Kalamazoo Public Schools graduate who is eligible for the Kalamazoo Promise and successfully complete an in-person interview to determine their level of interest in teaching.