LANSING, Mich. — Today Senator Rebekah Warren (D–Ann Arbor) kicks off her 10th annual scholarship award contest to encourage area students to pursue higher education.

The contest will award 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.

“Access to quality education is one of the surest ways to advance equality, foster tolerance and promote economic mobility in our state,” said Sen. Warren. “Unfortunately, a college education remains a financial hardship for many of our young people.”

Approximately 63 percent of Michigan graduates leave school burdened by debt, and once they do graduate, almost 40 percent leave the state, taking their knowledge and talent elsewhere.

“We cannot afford to lose our next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs to other states,” Sen. Warren said. “While we continue to work on solutions in the Legislature to resolve these critical issues of access, opportunity and affordability, I remain committed to helping make post-secondary studies a reality for students in my district.”

The scholarship money will come from the Rebekah Warren Envision Michigan Fund, which was established to better promote progressive policies, educational opportunities and active citizenship in Michigan.

High school counselors and principals in the 18th Senate District have been notified about the scholarship and have copies of the necessary application form. Application and nomination forms are available to download online at

The application form is due by Monday, April 25, 2016, and the nomination form is due by Monday, April 11, 2016.

For more information, please call Sen. Warren’s office at (517) 373-2406 or email