University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor Susan E. Borrego has announced the expansion of a scholarship program for graduates of Genesee Early College (GEC).
At the May 17 GEC graduation ceremony held in the UM-Flint theatre, Borrego said the university would extend the scholarships offered to GEC graduates with a grade point average of at least 3.0. The university has previously offered these students who choose to enroll at UM-Flint a scholarship of $3,000 for the first year. But Borrego said those receiving this first year award will also be offered an additional $2,000 per year for the following three years.
Borrego said this was an example of the university’s commitment to the students’ success.
Genesee Early College is a partnership between UM-Flint and the Genesee Intermediate School District. It is a five year high school, with classes held on the UM-Flint campus. It helps students prepare for further study in health-related and medical professions, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.
It allows dual enrollment in high school and college courses, with the free college credits earned in high school applying to UM-Flint’s graduation requirements should they choose to enroll after high school.
Thirty students graduated from the GEC on Sunday, May 17.
Borrego celebrated their achievements. At the ceremony, she said, “You are graduating steps ahead of your peers. The ability to finish high school with university units is an uncommon opportunity. Now you will want to take advantage of this opportunity in whatever your next steps are and I have no doubt you will.”
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