H.O.L.T. Scholarship To Cover Community College For At-Risk

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Wednesday's lesson is arithmetic for Holt Jr. High seventh graders, and it's that age group administrators are planning to add a new opportunity to the equation, a college scholarship.

"We will identify cohort groups of kids in the seventh grade, and then over a 5 year period we will work with those students, and at the end of their high school career at Holt Public Schools they will be eligible to attend Lansing Community College with a H.O.L.T. scholarship," said Holt Superintendent Johnny Scott.

The scholarship's Board of Directors met Wednesday to finalize the logistics of the program, which plans to target at-risk students as determined by federal guidelines, Scott says nearly 26 percent of students in the district currently fall under that category.

"It would allow us the opportunity to make sure that as parents and family situations change, we could still allow opportunities for kids to see the prospects of them having a post high school experience," Scott said.

While the H.O.L.T. Scholarship plans to start by granting at-risk students with two year scholarships, they eventually want to expand it to a four year scholarship for every student in the district.

"It is being done elsewhere, and there isn't any reason that we can't do it in Holt," said Delhi Township Supervisor Stuart Goodrich.

And Goodrich says not only does it benefit the kids, it keeps the district competitive.

"If they come and look at Holt and we don't have anything available as far as a scholarship program and Lansing does, they're going to choose another area, " Goodrich said.

But now Holt is raising hope for college-bound students.

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