WHEREAS, the constantly rising costs of higher education have out-paced inflation and the growth of family income, which make it more difficult for our residents to ensure their children’s access to a college education; and,
WHEREAS, scholarships allow students to minimize student loan debt, which college graduates have the burden of paying back long after they have completed their degree; and,
WHEREAS, scholarships provide funds for students, and many local communities even provide place-based scholarship opportunities through schools, faith-based institutions, jobs or parents’ jobs; and,
WHEREAS, students should apply for scholarships early and often because some deadlines are as early as a year before a student begins college; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Michigan strives to assist students and families in identifying and accessing available resources to support college education; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid Outreach Team, Michigan’s go-to resource for financial aid information, provides a database of Michigan place-based scholarships, as well as scholarship application resources, and connects students to Michigan college and national scholarship opportunities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2018 as Scholarship Month in Michigan.