LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rebekah Warren (D–Ann Arbor) today kicked off her 12th annual scholarship award contest to encourage area students to pursue higher education. At least two graduating seniors who reside in the 18th Senate District will each be awarded $1,000 to be used for attending a university, college, technical or trade school.

“I would not be where I am today without those who invested in me, and I am proud to have the opportunity to support motivated, service-oriented young leaders who are pursuing their education,” Sen. Warren said. “This scholarship is intended to help advance equality, foster tolerance and promote economic mobility in our state.”

As Michigan college students start school, they face increasingly high tuition and an unprecedented level of student loan debt that can stay with them their whole lives. According to a recent report by Forbes, there are more than 44 million borrowers in the U.S. shouldering $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. Sixty-four percent of 2017 Michigan college students graduated with student loan debt last year, and each faced an average student loan debt of $30,327 as they entered the workforce.

“It’s 2018, and our students are burdened by student loan debt more than ever,” Sen. Warren said. “Reversing this trend should be a top priority, and I will continue to maintain my commitment to helping the students of my district make affordable higher education a reality — while advocating on behalf of all of Michigan’s students at the Capitol.”

The scholarships are funded by the Rebekah Warren Envision Michigan Fund, which was established to better promote progressive policies, educational opportunities and active citizenship in Michigan.

Anyone who knows a qualified student may submit a nomination, and a student may apply regardless of whether he or she has been nominated. Both nomination and application forms are available to download online at High school counselors and principals in the 18th Senate District have been notified about the scholarship and how to help students apply.

The nomination form is due by Friday, March 23, 2018, and the application form is due by Friday, April 20, 2018.

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