The second annual Hope Scholarship Academy in Lansing kicked off on Thursday.
The academy focused on conflict resolution and staying fit and healthy. Hundreds of Hope Scholars and their parents showed up to demonstrate leadership and set the right example for others.
Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley says there are currently 1,500 students who are Hope scholars and the Lansing community has raised $2.2 million for the cause.
Hope Scholarships are given to sixth graders who are in the greatest need and would benefit the most. If they graduate high school, they are guaranteed a free education at LCC.
Educators and parents say it open doors which may otherwise be closed for kids.