BATTLE CREEK, MICH. – The Legacy Scholars award is new and improved. Starting this year, it will allow more graduates of Battle Creek Public Schools, Lakeview School District and Calhoun Community High School to access funding to pay for college or a technical training program. The program will cover up to 62 credit hours of tuition, fees and books for all eligible applicants.
Under the new Legacy Scholars program:
- The one-time enrollment form is now only one page, is open on a rolling basis and contains no high school G.P.A. requirements or essays.
- Students can combine Legacy Scholars support with other need-based financial aid, making it easier for them to cover food, transportation, housing and childcare costs.
The past few years have placed a tremendous burden on our community as a whole, especially low-income students and students of color. These changes to the Legacy Scholars award are one of the many ways we’re working to support the students who face the greatest barriers. With the removal of last-dollar restrictions, these students can now use Legacy Scholars in addition to grants and need-based financial aid they get through FAFSA, like Pell Grants.
WHEN: Changes will take place on March 7th.
WHO: Legacy Scholars is organized by the Battle Creek College Access Network and Battle Creek Community Foundation, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek Public Schools, Lakeview Public Schools, Calhoun Community High School, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Works! and Kellogg Community College.
“Our hope is that, with the improved Legacy Scholars award, more students will go on to a college or career, helping build a brighter and more stable future for themselves and for our community,” said Brenda Hunt, the president and CEO of Battle Creek Community Foundation. “Our goal with these changes is to allow support to reach those that need it most, making the program more equitable.”
“At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we’ve always believed in the power of communities to forge solutions for the health, happiness and well-being of their children,” said W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO, La June Montgomery Tabron. “We’re proud that our community is coming together to improve the Legacy Scholars program, helping open up new doors to career pathways for students to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the future of our Battle Creek community.”
About Legacy Scholars
Launched in 2005 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Legacy Scholars program was designed to help more students access higher education and career technical training. Now, Legacy Scholars partners, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek Community Foundation, Grand Valley State University, Kellogg Community College, Michigan Works!, Battle Creek Public Schools and Lakeview School District, are proud to be expanding this program to support the success of even more students.
The Battle Creek Community Foundation is a public foundation built by generous residents who have donated their time, talent and treasure to make Battle Creek a better place to live. It was founded in 1974 by Leonard White, Robert B. Miller, and Harry Davidson. Their goal was to create a way for people of all means to be able to give back to their community.
The Battle Creek College Access Network is a partnering initiative of the Battle Creek Community Foundation. Battle Creek CAN establishes a college-going culture by nurturing and guiding students of all ages through high school graduation and providing support and resources to make education after high school a reality.