A college education is possible for more Manistee County youth thanks to the generosity of Bill and Marty Paine.

Impressed by the impact of the countywide cradle-to-career educational network, Launch Manistee, they established the associated Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program to remove barriers and expand opportunities for area students.

The new program promises a college education to Manistee County ninth-grade students who are nominated by their schools because they show academic promise, would be first in their family to earn a college degree and have financial need. In addition to receiving a full-tuition scholarship to West Shore Community College, including up to 60 credit hours over a maximum of three years, selected students and their families benefit from programs that provide academic, social, and financial support.

The Foundation provides administrative and financial management for the Launch Manistee network and the Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program as part of our commitment to support area youth and education.

During 2016, the Launch Manistee Endowment Fund was established to help sustain the network which is critical to Manistee County’s economic success. The complimentary Manistee County Preschool Scholarship Fund was established by the Great Start Collaborative to help enable all children to benefit from early childhood education programs.

Just look at what we can do together to move Manistee County forward!

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