Students Asks Legislators to Fund Promise From Their Pockets

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

MSU Sophomore Elizabeth Battiste spent Tuesday canvassing the Capitol, trying to collect cash to fund college from legislators.

"I've actually been asking them to give to my education fund, because I received $1,000 last year and I should be receiving $1,000 this year," Battiste said.

Originally from Rochester Hills, Battiste says she was a ward of the state until she turned 18.

"That basically means that the state was my legal guardian and basically by revoking the Michigan Promise scholarship, it's basically taking away my parent funding for my education" Battiste said.

So, to make up for the potential loss of money she's approaching lawmakers politely, asking them to fund her promise out of their own pockets.

"I've had a couple of brush offs from a couple of different elected officials, and I know that a lot of them are also really supportive," Battiste said.

"If we end up not funding this, I think that's a very important question we all need to try to help," said Rep. Joan Bauer (D) Lansing.

"I had money on me, I gave it to her because I know she needs it, she's a college student she relied on a promise and we may not be delivering it," said Rep. Barb Byrum (D) Onondaga.

At the end of the day she left with a $5 donation but she say it's more about the message over the money.

"It was more about bringing a face to the cause, and making sure that they know it is an issue that students care about," Battiste said.


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