The Mason County Promise Zone

The Mason County Promise Zone was established in 2018, with its first cohort of 80 Promise Scholars at West Shore Community College in the 2018-19 academic year.  This year, the number of new Promise Scholars grew to 105, with two-thirds of applicants choosing college, in part, because of the Promise. But the Promise is more than numbers of students, it's a commitment from the communities, companies and citizens of Mason County to our youth and to the future. 

Authority Board

Community Partners


Monica Schuyler, Chair

Ed Makowicki, Vice-Chair
Fabian Knizacky, Treasurer
Andrea Large, Member
Jason Kennedy, Member
Jim McLean, Member
Roger Nash, Member
Amy Pepper, Member
Annette Quillan, Member
Dena Thurston, Member

Kathy Surd, Member

Board Meets monthly on the 2nd Monday of the Month from 3-5 pm.

All meetings are at the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce Conference Room in Ludington, Michigan unless otherwise posted.


FOR APRIL 13, 2020 Board Meeting, 3-5:00 PM ET

Per Michigan Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-15, and out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 Crisis, this meeting will be held virtually online through Google Meet. 

The public is welcomed to participate along with board members online using this web address:

or by phone using this number and pin: 

(‪US‬)‪+1 707-564-3256‬

PIN: ‪730 702 106#‬

Mason County Promise Zone's Appeals Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at 11AM. Notice: The Appeals Committee meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 at WSCC Schoenherr Center is cancelled.

Mason County Promise Zone's Policy Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 6th at 1PM. This meeting will take place at the Lakeshore Resource Network, Ludington, MI

Mason County Promise Zone's Student Success Committee meets quarterly from 8-9:30 AM on the following Mondays in 2020:  February 3rd, May 11th, September 14th, & November 9th.


“ The Mason County Promise Zone will provide access to affordable education and job preparation opportunities to many who otherwise would not be able to participate because of life circumstances. As well as providing a means to access for many, the Promise Zone will lower the cost of education for others, help create a college-going culture in the county, while providing supplemental support to the public school systems. I am excited to watch the positive impact the Promise Zone will have on Mason County.” 

Scott Ward, President

– West Shore Community College

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