Baldwin Promise

CapWhat is the Baldwin Promise?

The Baldwin Promise is an exceptional opportunity for the students at Baldwin Community Schools. In 2009, Baldwin was designated a Michigan Promise Zone. Of the 10 zones (inspired by The Kalamazoo Promise), Baldwin is the only rural zone. Baldwin's Promise goes beyond what the state statute's minimum requires and provides a "middle-dollar" scholarship up to $5,000 per year for 4 years to every single graduate of Baldwin High School regardless of merit or need, for a maximum total of up to $20,000 per student. The scholarship makes up the difference between tuition/fees and federal/state grants up to $5,000. To qualify for the full promise, students only need to have been a Baldwin Schools student since 9th grade, reside in the district boundaries, graduate from high school, and complete the FAFSA. The scholarship can be used at any public university, community college, or private college in the state of Michigan. The Baldwin Promise has catalyzed a more focused college readiness agenda within the school district.

Baldwin Promise Video



The Approved Plan

This is a PDF document. Download the plan here.

Baldwin Promise Application

This is a PDF document. Download the application here.

Baldwin Promise Acceptance

This is a PDF document. Download the scholarship acceptance form here.

Budget Projection

Class of 2010$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,000    $40,000
Class of 2011 $20,000$20,000$15,000$15,000   $70,000
Class of 2012  $30,000$30,000$20,000$20,000 $100,000 
Class of 2013   $20,000$20,000$20,000$20,000 $80,000
Class of 2014    $30,000$30,000$30,000 $90,000
Class of 2015     $40,000$40,000 $80,000
Class of 2016        


Governor Granholm Letter

This is a PDF document. Download Governor Granholm’s letter here.

Baldwin's Promise Zone Map

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Michigan Promise Zone Legislation of Public Acts 549 and 550

This is a PDF document. Download PA 9 (Amended PA 549) here.

This is a PDF document. Download PA 550 here.

State Tribute

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Treasury Plan Approval

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Baldwin Graduates Report

The Baldwin Promise Authority and the school community are thrilled to see that Baldwin students no longer have traditional financial barriers to college access. Students and families still need to plan for other expenses such and housing, food, books, and transportation, but the direct college costs of tuition and fees are mostly a thing of the past for Baldwin graduates.  We're also thrilled that combining the Baldwin Promise Scholarships with Federal and State need based grants allows our students to choose more expensive colleges than they would otherwise be able to afford with only need based grant programs.

As Baldwin continues on the path to better preparing students for college and careers, we expect that more students will choose to pursue college directly after high school. There is overwhelming evidence that citizens who earn a college degree have increased earning potential and are far more likely to remain employed, even in difficult financial times.

Quick Facts About the Baldwin Promise

  • Baldwin Promise Takes Affect After The Federal and State Financial Aid Is Paid.
  • Baldwin Promise Covers Only Tuition and Fees.
  • Baldwin Promise Is Available To All Students Who Graduate From Baldwin Senior High School, Starting With The Class of 2010.
  • Baldwin Students Must Fill Out The FAFSA Form, An Application, And A Records Release Form.
  • Baldwin Promise Is Regulated By The State of Michigan Legislation.
  • Baldwin Promise And College Access Center Operates Under The Direction Of the College Access Center Director And Promise Zone Coordinator By The Governing Baldwin Promise Authority Board.
  • Baldwin Promise Scholars Can Receive Up To $5,000 Per Year, Which Will Be Paid To The Institution.
  • Baldwin Promise Can Be Used At Any Public Or Private Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree Granting Institution In The State of Michigan.
  • Baldwin Promise Monies Can Only Be Used After The First Four Years Of Graduating.
  • Baldwin Promise Is Dedicated To “Making A Promise For A Better Tomorrow”.

Questions & Answers

This is a pdf document. Frequently asked questions and answers about the Baldwin Promise.

Last updated: June 26, 2016 at 5:20PM