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Granholm's Broken Promise

During Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's final State of the State address last month, she announced her plan to revive the Michigan Promise Scholarship that she had eliminated to meet the budget in 2009. But Granholm doesn't intend to keep the scholarship in its original form. She wants to withhold the $4,000 previously given up front to high school seniors, and instead give it to Michigan college graduates who remain in the state at least a year after graduation.

If the Michigan Senate approves her proposal, it will be the second time that she has failed the students in Michigan. As a high school senior, it will be the second time that she has failed me.Until a few years ago, I was dead-set on attending the University of Michigan, but soon realized that UM, as well as many other Michigan schools, don't provide the aid that the out-of-state universities do. Like thousands of other Michigan seniors, I was banking on receiving such awards as the Promise Scholarship this year, but now I will have to go without it. Which really means, I'll have to go to school out-of-state.

While I understand that Granholm's intentions are good (she wants to keep the talent pool in Michigan), this proposal will severely handicap high school seniors. They won't have access to the money when they need it most. Not only that, but the proposal will penalize college grads who are unable to find a job in Michigan's dwindling economy.

Granholm says she wants students to stay, but she's not giving us a reason to.

Liz Sawyer, a senior at Waterford Kettering High School, is part of the "TIME 11", a group of Detroit area high-school students working with Assignment Detroit.

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