Michigan College Access Network awarded more than $1.13 million to statewide organizations in 2018

Grants aim to improve college readiness and participation among Michigan students

Dec. 20, 2018 - LANSING, MICH.The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) awarded $1.13 million in grants to more than 41 different organizations across the state in 2018. All of the grants went to schools, organizations or local efforts to improve the number of students pursuing education beyond high school, including college advising, continuous improvements to helping students, and innovative program grants.

“These grants fund the dedication and innovation of individuals within schools and organizations to encourage students furthering their education beyond high school, which is a necessity in today’s world,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network. “We’re honored to disperse more than one million dollars to organizations that are working to move the needle. We know wholeheartedly that college is for everyone, and these organizations are an important part of a movement sending that message to all Michigan students.”

All of the grants awarded through MCAN are designed to fund efforts that increase college readiness, enrollment and completion in local communities.

The grants given include:

  • 20 Reach Higher High School Grants
  • 13 Innovative Program Grants
  • 7 Local College Access Network Grants
  • 1 College Advising Grant

“Nobody better understands how to navigate the obstacles facing students in local communities than the people living there,” continued Johnson. “We are proud to provide the financial support to spark a movement on the local level to assist organizations and schools across the state working for change.”

For more information about the grants available through MCAN, go here. 


About Michigan College Access Network

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the seventh year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.4 percent in 2016. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 percent in 2018It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.


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