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 the student successfully complete a degree program. 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.
Award both a first-year and a second-year similar size scholarship to the same student, based on his/her successful academic progress toward completing a degree, i.e., getting across the “finish line” with an Associate 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 WCC students. This new Kiwanis scholarship program is now 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 are designated for high school seniors from each of the five Ann Arbor Public School’s 2019 senior classes. Each scholarship is 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 the counselors at each high school. Students completing each semester of classes successfully 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 have already successfully completed one year at WCC, but who would be unable to complete their education without additional financial support. Each of these scholarships is also for $3,500. These students have already proven they can succeed in their college level studies. This makes 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 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 make sure former Ann Arbor High School students with limited financial resources will achieve their dream of receiving a college degree.