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Are you a frontline worker who’s been thinking about going back to college or finishing your high school equivalency? Well, now is the time.

Lake Michigan has partnered with Futures for Frontliners, a state scholarship program giving back to Michigan’s essential workers with tuition-free community college to anyone without a degree. The scholarship covers the cost of associate degrees, certificates and high school equivalency exams.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Michigan resident
  • Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time between April and June, 2020 (must have worked during 11 weeks averaging 20 hours a week or a total of 220 hours)
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent *
  • Have not yet completed a college degree, either associate or bachelor’s
  • Complete the Futures for Frontliners application by Dec. 31, 2020.
Sticky note that reads, "Free tuition for essential workers."

*Those without a high school diploma or equivalency are eligible for additional services to help them prepare for and complete their GED before going on to a community college or job training program.

Futures for Frontliners aims to increase the number of skilled workers in the state and help essential workers earn higher wages. On average, workers with a two-year degree earn $7,500 more annually. Seventy-five percent of Michigan jobs require education beyond high school.

Have questions about your eligibility?


Scholarship applications are now being accepted through Dec. 31 - apply now:

Link to the Futures for Frontliners website.

Interested in using the scholarship at LMC? Learn more about becoming a student.

Need to finish your high school equivalency first? Learn more about the Educational Opportunity Center.

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