LANSING – Senator Rebekah Warren (D – Ann Arbor) kicked off her 9th annual scholarship award contest today in an effort to encourage students in the 18th Senate District to pursue a higher education. The contest will award a minimum of two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who currently reside in the 18th State Senate District and plan to attend a university, college, technical or trade school.

“Ensuring access to quality education has proven to be one of the surest ways to advance equality, foster tolerance, and promote economic mobility,” said Senator Warren. “We know that we are stronger as a state when we have more students continue their education, but unfortunately, we have seen continued dis-investment in our public universities and community colleges over the last several years, creating even greater financial hardship for our kids and families. While we still have more work to do in the Legislature to resolve this critical issue, I remain committed to awarding these annual scholarships to help make post-secondary studies a reality for students within my district.”

The scholarship money will come out of the Rebekah Warren Envision Michigan Fund, which was established to better promote progressive policies, educational opportunities and active citizenship in our state. High school counselors and principals in the 18th Senate District have been notified about the scholarship and have copies of the necessary application form. Students can access the form electronically here, and applications are due by Monday, April 20, 2015. Those interested in nominating a student can access nomination forms here , and nominations are due by Monday April 6, 2015.

For more information, please call Senator Rebekah Warren’s office at (517) 373-2406 or email senrwarren@senate.michigan.gov.