Complete Your Degree Program
The Foundation’s board began an in-depth look at our scholarship program’s impact in 2019, including how to support adult learners. The Complete Your Degree (CYD) program, pioneered by St. Clair Community Foundation, is a way to redefine and reimagine how scholarship assets are used to support the continuing education of young adults. Our goal is to help local adults achieve their degrees and credentials to increase their household prosperity while fostering a more vibrant economy and meeting the employment skill gap in Oceana County.
Working closely with multiple organizations throughout our region, and specifically with our friends and partners at Muskegon and West Shore Community Colleges, CYD is a highly competitive needs-based scholarship that also provides financial support for a wide range of “life needs” to adult learners accepted into the program. Together with the state’s Futures for Frontliners, MI Reconnect programs, or other resources available to students, CYD will cover the full cost of tuition at MCC or WSCC. Funding for life needs will be above and beyond providing last-dollars-in money to cover tuition, books, and related supplies for students at MCC/WSCC. Life needs support will include, but not be limited to, helping young adults overcome temporary obstacles such as food, clothing, medical care, transportation, daycare, and housing.
In establishing a Complete Your Degree program in Oceana County, four applicants were accepted into the initial cohort in Fall 2022. In Winter 2023, four more students were accepted into the program. CYD will provide competitive needs-based scholarships, which will cover the full cost of tuition at one of our local community colleges. A success coach, employed by the Foundation, will walk alongside students to provide extra support to ensure CYD students thrive. For more information, check our CYD Info Sheet. If you are interested in supporting or learning more about this initiative, contact Hannah Naples or Tammy Carey.
You can help support Oceana’s adult learners by making an online gift to the Complete Your Degree Program Fund here.
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