The Flint Promise

The Flint Promise scholarship offers Flint graduates a guided pathway to post-secondary education. A path filled with light, hope, and the promise of support when the day-to-day struggles of studying, basic needs, and health issues become barriers to success. This is the promise we make to Flint scholars — you can earn a college education. 

Young adults in Flint, Michigan find hope and opportunity in The Flint Promise, especially for those who are first-generation college students. Through The Flint Promise, donors have the unparalleled opportunity to ensure a new generation can experience the benefits of higher education. Scholarship dollars give both current and future generations of Flint youth the chance to take full advantage of what a college diploma can do, and graduate with little or no student debt. You can give these students the promise of the American Dream — that their devotion to studies will lead to a better life for them and their families. Your support of The Flint Promise creates a clear pathway to academic excellence by providing students with a chance for future success.

 "Flint Promise helped me graduate college by providing the funds necessary. Without Flint Promise, my ultimate dream of post-graduate studies would have been much less attainable due to financial constraints. Thanks to Flint Promise I was able to finish my undergraduate degree completely debt free."


To qualify for The Flint Promise, students must graduate from one of 11 high schools or earn a GED in the City of Flint, and reside there at graduation. Applicants complete the FAFSA for need-based aid, and The Promise covers remaining tuition and fees after federal aid. Funding comes from Pell grants, private contributions, and Flint Promise Zone Authority revenue. Partnering with Mott Community College, Kettering University, and the University of Michigan-Flint, The Promise offers degree pursuit support. Success coaches assist with academic pathways, life challenges, and cover book expenses. The unique wrap-around services pave the way for students towards a promising future. 

The Flint Promise Fund was established in 2018 through generous support from Consumers Energy, Tom Gores, and other individuals. To build the endowment to $4 million, your gifts make all the difference. Help us light a pathway so that every high school graduate in Flint has access to a college education without incurring long-term debt. To learn more about this endowment campaign contact Lottie Ferguson, Vice President of Development and Donor Services at

"Flint Promise was the key that allowed me to have a seat at the table. I really wasn’t focused on college but chasing success when that was only 5% of my journey. Like a wise man once told me, being successful gets you to the door, but how you treat others is what keeps you in the room and on to better things."


Seeking Scholarships?

Students interested in seeking scholarships through The Flint Promise can learn more at