Finish Line Scholarships
Kiwanis “Finish Line” Scholarships
The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation has a long history of providing scholarships for students going to college. Starting in 2019 the scholarship program changed its focus from a single scholarship at the start of the student’s college years to a focus of helping a student successfully complete a degree program at Washtenaw Community College (WCC). Therefore, the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation members identified and implemented a new set of goals for the Kiwanis scholarships.
These goals include:
Increase the size of each individual awarded scholarship to a student attending Washtenaw Community College (WCC).
Award both a 1st year and 2nd year similar size scholarship to the same student, based on his/her successful progress toward completing a degree, i.e., getting across the “finish line” with a WCC Associates Degree.
Develop a partnership with Washtenaw Community College (WCC) to support the students who receive these scholarships.
In 2019, the first year of this new scholarship program, the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation awarded $72,000 in ‘full ride’ scholarships to 20 students attending WCC. This new Kiwanis scholarship program is called the “Kiwanis Finish Line Scholarship Program”.
These “Finish Line” scholarships were provided to two separate groups of WCC students in 2019. Eight (8) scholarships were designated for high school seniors who were planning to attend WCC. Each scholarship was for $3,500 and covers tuition, books, and fees, for one year at WCC. The scholarship recipients were chosen by the WCC Foundation in cooperation with high school counselors. Students completing each semester of classes successfully then may qualify for additional semesters of funding towards attaining their Associate Degrees.
A second group of twelve (12) “full ride” scholarships were designated for students who had already successfully completed one year at WCC, but who would be unable to complete their education without additional financial support. Each of these scholarships was also for $3,500. These students had already proven they can succeed in their college level studies. This made it especially important that Kiwanis assistance be there to help each of them cross the “Finish Line” and achieve the significant life goal of a college degree.
As part of the “Finish Line” program, the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation also contributed $2,000 to the WCC Foundation Student Emergency Fund. This fund supports students who have a significant financial event during the academic year that could cause them to drop out of school.
This on-going innovative scholarship program is funded by the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation, its Members and Volunteers and the Ray and Eleanor Cross Foundation. It was created in cooperation with the WCC Foundation and is designed to support former high school students with limited financial resources to achieve their dream of receiving a WCC college degree.