EVART — After about a year in development, the Evart Promise Plus is in full swing with a $200,000 fundraising goal.
The EPP is designed to help all graduates of Evart Public Schools, no matter their GPA, pursue a post-secondary education. The length of a student’s enrollment within the school system will determine the amount of the scholarship.
The scholarship given to students for the graduating class will be up to $10,000 per student for up to four years of post-secondary education. Once awarded, the students will have up to six years to use the scholarship.
Right now, the EPP is just starting its fundraising stage and, according to EPP board chair Bre Grabill, will not be able to give any scholarships until the organization reaches their goal.
While it is still uncertain when students in Evart will be able to benefit from the program, Grabill is excited to finally be in the fundraising process.
“We are excited to bring this really awesome opportunity to a small town,” said Grabill.
The fundraising has been a “real community effort,” said Grabill.
“We are spread across the community,” she said. “We have been reaching out to alumni, local businesses, the city and the county. It has been fantastic to see a community get so behind this.”
Grabill even said the high school shop class is working on putting together a giant thermometer so the town can see the fundraising progress.
Donations to the program can be given online at facommunityfoundation.org or a check mailed to the Fremont Area Community Foundation P.O. Box 5 Freemont, MI, 49412 with Evart Promise Plus in the memo area of the check.