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Lakeland, MATC Announce Scholarship Connecting High School Promise Students with Four-Year Degrees
May 15, 2019
Lakeland University and Milwaukee Area Technical College have created a new partnership that will expand MATC’s Promise program and provide a pathway to a bachelor’s degree for economically disadvantaged students in the Milwaukee area who never thought that goal was possible.
The MATC Promise was the first program of its kind in Wisconsin, providing free tuition for eligible students. This public-private “last dollar” partnership covers tuition and fees for program courses, after other grants and scholarships are applied, for up to 75 credits. Students may be responsible for other fees and for the cost of books.
Lakeland will establish a significant scholarship fund that will extend the Promise to MATC direct-from-high school Promise-eligible students who earn their associate degrees and plan to attend classes as full-time students. For many of the graduates, the scholarship will cover all tuition after federal and state financial grant aid has been applied.
If the scholarship does not cover all tuition, Lakeland will assist students in securing paid experiences through its Cooperative Education program that will keep the cost manageable. Lakeland will provide flexible course times to meet the needs of students, including daytime and evening courses that will be held at Lakeland’s Milwaukee Center at 9000 W. Chester St.; through online courses; and, in the future, at MATC. MATC Promise eligibility details are available at matc.edu/promise. Eligible students will be able to apply for the Lakeland scholarship by working with a Lakeland representative assigned to MATC.
“The spirit of MATC’s Promise is very exciting to us. It ties to Lakeland’s mission of using the liberal arts and experiential learning to educate people of diverse backgrounds; and prepares them to think critically, communicate effectively, succeed professionally; and lead ethical, purposeful and fulfilling lives,” said Lakeland President Dr. David Black.
“As we provide more people in Milwaukee with access to higher education, we’re working with MATC to expand the talent pipeline for area employers and we are committed to students graduating with no debt or as little debt as possible,” he said.
“The MATC Promise has helped students earn more than 20,000 college credits and ensure that debt from tuition will not be a lifelong burden," MATC President Dr. Vicki Martin said. “This partnership with Lakeland provides a path to a four-year degree that opens access to careers that require education beyond an associate degree, continuing our vision of connecting students to family-supporting careers and building the workforce our region needs.”