Gov. Whitmer announces Futures for Frontliners during COVID-19 update press conference
During her press conference Thursday morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer provided an update on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor also announced a new plan called Futures for Frontliners, which offers scholarships for adults without college degrees or high school diplomas who provided essential services during the pandemic.
“This initiative is Michigan’s way of expressing gratitude to essential workers for protecting public health and keeping our state running,” Whitmer said. “Whether it was stocking shelves, delivering supplies, picking up trash, manufacturing PPE or providing medical care, you were there for us. Now this is your chance to pursue the degree or training you’ve been dreaming about to help you and your own family succeed.”
To be eligible for the program, applicants must:
- Be a Michigan resident
- Have worked in an essential industry at least part-time for 11 of the 13 weeks between April 1 – June 30, 2020
- Have been required by their job to work outside the home at least some of the time between April 1 – June 30, 2020
- Not have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree
- Not be in default on a Federal student loan
- Complete a Futures for Frontliners scholarship application by 11:59 p.m., Dec. 31, 2020