New scholarship will help Kalamazoo students who want to be teachers

Posted at 3:39 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 15:39:01-04

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.