Flint Promise

Flint Promise is a scholarship program for graduates of high schools located in the city of Flint. By covering the cost of tuition after federal grants and other scholarships have been applied, Flint Promise allows eligible students to attend participating colleges for little to no cost. In doing so, the scholarship program provides increased access to higher education for Flint’s young people and represents a continuous investment in the city’s future.

In 2017, Tom Gores and Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe committed $2 million to establish the Flint Promise Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The new scholarship program was launched in the 2018-2019 school year and is managed by Flint & Genesee Education & Talent.

Flint Promise
Pictured from left, Arn Tellem, vice chairman, Detroit Pistons; Isaiah Oliver, CFGF President and CEO; and Patti Poppe, CEO, Consumers Energy.

The Flint Promise is a collaborative, community-based effort led by a coalition of local Flint and Genesee County educators and philanthropic organizations. The funding commitment comprises a $1 million personal pledge from Mr. Gores, who is Chairman and CEO of investment firm Platinum Equity and owner of the Detroit Pistons, and a $1 million grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation. 

“I am grateful to the Consumers Energy Foundation for joining us in this effort to provide every kid in Flint with the promise of a chance to go to college,”

Mr. Gores

“I grew up in Flint, went to school here and appreciate the power of education to transform people’s lives and revitalize a community. Every student who works hard deserves a chance to earn a college degree. We want to give those kids and their families a reason to dream and provide them the resources to make those dreams come true.”

Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe said the Foundation’s support for the Flint Promise is a reflection of Consumer Energy’s commitment to the communities where it does business.

“Our investment in Flint and the education of our future workforce aligns perfectly with our commitment to the people of Michigan,” said Mrs. Poppe. “Flint has started a remarkable comeback from recent challenges, and we see our contribution as a down payment on a bright future for a community that we are proud to serve.”

The Flint Promise is a locally driven initiative designed to offer Flint students more opportunities for post-secondary education. The commitment from the Gores family and the Consumers Energy Foundation ensures that Flint students will have an opportunity many didn’t think possible. It’s an investment in Flint’s future and a vote of confidence in our children. It will also make our community even more attractive for additional investment.

Seeking Scholarships?

Students interested in seeking scholarships through The Flint Promise can learn more at www.theflintpromise.org.