2023 Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Scholarship Application
Application due March 1, 2023
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ise Zone Website
To qualify for the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Scholarship, students must:
Graduate from a Newaygo County high school or a
registered Newaygo County homeschoo
l and reside in the NC RESA service area. Homeschool students must provide a transcript and SAT scores during the application process. Unregistered homeschool students are not eligible.
Achieve a minimum final and unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 (or a minimum GPA of 2.0 to qualify for an apprenticeship program).
Attend grades 7th-12th in a qualifying school. The level of assistance is prorated based on the number of years attending 7th-12th grade: 100% – 6 Years; 90% – 5 Years; 80% – 4 Years; 60%-3 Years; 40% -2 years; 20% – 1 year. Homeschool student scholarship proration is based on registration with NC RESA for grades 7th-12th with their first year of registration beginning their proration.
Begin using the scholarship within one year of high school graduation and complete the associate degree program (up to 62 credits) within three years from beginning the scholarship.
Complete the FAFSA application and highly recommend submitting scholarship applications to the Gerber Foundation and Fremont Area Community Foundation.
Be enrolled as a full-time student (recommended 15 credits per semester, minimum 12 credits per semester).
Be continually enrolled for all fall and winter semesters at Muskegon Community College until completion of the scholarship program (attendance during summer semester is optional).
Attend MCC or an approved apprenticeship program with a commitment to complete an associates degree.
The Promise Zone scholarship will pay for up to 62 total attempted credits towards an associates degree, and does not cover books and/or housing.
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Personal Email (please do not use your high school supplied email)
Muskegon Community College Email (if applicable)
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Date of Birth
What is your gender?
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What is your Race/Ethnicity?
Black or African American
Native American or Pacific Islander
Hispanic or Latino
I will be or have graduated from the following high school:
Homeschool (Within NC RESA service area)
High School Graduation Year
If you earned college credit while in high school, approximately how many credits should the Promise expect to see on your transcript?
If you earned college credit, please attach an unofficial college transcript:
I have attended a Newaygo County school district listed above (including Homeschool) for the full academic years marked below (mark all that apply).
Expected final High School GPA (unweighted):
I plan to attend:
Muskegon Community College
An Approved Apprentice Program
I attended the Career Tech Center:
What program did you attend at the Career Tech Center?
I am already connected with an apprenticeship program:
What apprenticeship program are you connected with?
I plan to begin using my scholarship:
Fall Semester (August 2023)
Winter Semester (January 2024)
Fall Semester (August 2024)
Indicate the area of study/career path you plan to pursue
What is your parent/guardian education?
At least one of my parents/guardians has a college degree.
Neither of my parents/guardians have a college degree.
I understand that if awarded:
The scholarship will cover tuition and fees at an eligible institution for up to 62 total attempted credits towards an associates degree during the course of 3 years.
The scholarship does not cover the cost of books or housing. The scholarship funds may be used for mandatory fees (registration, infrastructure, approved technology, class, contact hours and credit hours).
I will attend college as a full-time student (recommended 15 credits with a minimum of 12 credits per semester). Unless an appeal for part time attendance has been approved by the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Board.
I must continually attend all fall and winter semesters at the same eligible institution until completion of the scholarship program (attendance during the summer semesters is optional).
I will apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, and complete the required verification. I understand that the Promise scholarship is a last dollar award.
Once you have completed the FAFSA application process, you will receive a Student Aid Report which will include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC will be displayed in the upper right-hand corner of the Student Aid Report.
From my FAFSA, my Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is:
When completing the FAFSA, I will include parent financial information.
If you disagree, please select which statement(s) you can say YES to. If you select “other”, please share why you are unable to provide parent financial information and follow-up with your College Adviser. You may receive a follow-up communication based on your response.
At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a ward or dependent of the court?
Are you an emancipated minor or are you in a legal guardianship as determined by a court?
Are you an unaccompanied youth who is homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
Other (Please give detail below)
Other reason unable to provide parent financial information
I will comply with my college's standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress and seek support services if needed to remain a student in good standing.
For each year of scholarship eligibility, I will complete an online renewal form by June 30, prior to the start of that academic year.
I understand that the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone (NCAPZ) Board will be accessing student information from my local school district for the purpose of confirming eligibility to receive the Promise Scholarship. Under conditions specified in the FERPA regulations, 34 CFR Part 99, my school district may non-consensually disclose personally identifiable information from education records in connection with the financial aid for which I have applied or received; and for the purpose of administering the Promise Scholarship student aid program.
ELECTRONIC RELEASE AND CONSENT TERMS: I understand that the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Board (NCAPZ) and the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency (NC RESA) wishes to share information about the Promise Zone program and services with potential program participants, with the community in general, and for state and national reporting. With my permission, these materials may include images of me in print media, on broadcast media, online, or on other recorded media. I hereby consent that the NCAPZ and the NC RESA, and its entities, be authorized to use my portrait, picture, photograph, name, voice and/or image on video tape, audio tape or film, or any other reproduction of me and to distribute and/or exchange copies of these to promote their programs. No compensation is offered in exchange for permission. Promise Scholarship students must comply with the partnering institution's standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress to remain eligible. This form shall also serve as a release of information for academic records from my high school and post-secondary institution and allow the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Authority Board to gauge use, and interest, for all scholarship dollars preserved within the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone campaign funds. By completing this form, I understand that this authorization will remain effective from the date signed until the Promise Scholarship Award term expires. I understand all information will be handled confidentially in compliance with all applicable federal laws. I also understand that I may see the academic information that is to be shared, and that I may revoke the authorization at any time by written, dated communication.
AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE EDUCATIONAL RECORDS: I hereby authorize any school that I am enrolled in that participates in the Promise Zone Scholarship, through its agents and employees, to release any of my financial aid, attendance, demographic and/or academic record information, in whole or in part, to my local Promise Zone Authority/Organization coordinator, or his/her designee, to facilitate the analysis of my scholarship eligibility and the subsequent educational and economic impact of this scholarship. As a recipient of a Promise Zone educational scholarship, that award information becomes part of my educational record. By consenting to receive any scholarship amount awarded to me, I agree to allow the release of this information in my educational record to third parties specified under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA affords certain rights to students concerning the privacy of, and access to, their education records. While this form authorizes my school, in conjunction with the local Promise Zone Authority/Organization, to release educational records to third parties, it does not obligate either entity to do so. My school reserves the right to review and respond to requests for release of my educational record on a case-by-case basis. For additional information, I can visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html. The Promise Zone Scholarship can have several positive impacts on postsecondary enrollment, persistence, degree attainment and overall success in college. To understand these impacts, I authorize my postsecondary academic record information, in whole or in part, to be released back to my local Promise Zone Authority/Organization coordinator, or his/her designee, in adherence to FERPA for analysis to inform and improve the Promise Zone Scholarship program. I also authorize my local Promise Zone Authority/Organization to use information regarding my scholarship in promotion of the Promise Zone Scholarship. This release is authorized starting on the date of the signature on this agreement and after scholarship receipt for statistical purposes. To rescind this Authorization, I understand that I must submit written notification of rescission to my school. I will also notify my local Promise Zone Authority/Organization in writing of my decision to rescind my authorization. This rescission would result in the termination of my receipt of the scholarship. My signature (or that of my parent/guardian if I am under the age of 18) below indicates that I have read this Authorization to Release Educational Records form and that I authorize the release of educational records as described above.
I understand that by checking "I agree" and typing my name below that the electronic signature constitutes as a legal signature.
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applicant is under the age of 18
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(Parent or Guardian) I understand that by checking "I agree" and typing my name below that the electronic signature constitutes as a legal signature.
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