Who is eligible?
Graduates of MCC, MCE, or LASD with a 2.0 GPA or better who reside within Mason County or their school district
Graduates of G2S with a 2.0 GPA or better
Residents of Mason County who obtain a GED
How do I apply?
What does the Promise cover?
The Promise Scholarship covers up to 60 attempted credits, including all tuition and mandatory fees at West Shore Community College.
The Promise is a middle dollar scholarship program, meaning Promise dollars are applied to a student’s account after state and federal financial aid have been applied. Any other scholarship dollars a student is awarded can be used for books, housing, transportation or other costs of education.
The April 13, 2020 Promise Zone Board Meeting will be held online due to the Stay Home order. Please see the "About" section for details on how to attend that meeting.
Cancellation Notice: The April 6, 2020 Appeals Committee Meeting is Cancelled.
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Why do we need the Promise?
Currently, 53% of job postings require education beyond a high school diploma. By 2030 this is projected to rise to 70% or higher. Today, only 28% of Mason County's workforce meets this criterion.
Mason County Promise provides an opportunity for all our students to have access to a promising future.
Promise Zone Scholar Testimonials
" I was thinking about other colleges, but then I heard about the Promise and I'd like to stay local so I decided to come here...
I'd like to be a pediatrician."
- Savannah Bice 2018 Promise Scholar
" I was accepted into NMU, but then I got the letter to the Promise...I want to go to NMU later, but it's almost 50k for two years and West Shore is 5 miles from home, it's free, I have my home support.
I am gonna do it."
- Diego Ruiz 2018 Promise Scholar