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Posted on Tue, May 8, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Sen. Rebekah Warren kicks off annual college scholarship contest

By Ryan J. Stanton

State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, has kicked off her sixth annual scholarship contest in an effort to encourage area students to pursue a higher education.

The contest will award a minimum of two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who reside in the 18th Senate District — which includes Ann Arbor and most of Washtenaw County — and plan to attend a university, college, technical or trade school.


Rebekah Warren

The scholarship money will come out of Warren's Envision Michigan Fund, which promotes progressive policies, educational opportunities and active citizenship.

"Education is the single most important factor in ensuring the success and prosperity of future generations," Warren said in a statement. "Over the past two years, we have seen a systematic disinvestment in higher education due to state budget cuts, leaving many students struggling with higher tuition and increasing student loan debt."

Warren said though she remains dedicated to fighting in the Legislature for higher education funding, she also is committed to doing her part to ensure students in the community have access to a college education.

High school counselors and principals in the 18th Senate District have been notified about the scholarship and have copies of the necessary application form, Warren's office said.

Students can download the application form here. Those interested in nominating a student can download nomination forms here.

For more information, contact Warren's office at (517) 373-2406 or email

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Thu, May 10, 2012 : 1:42 a.m.

Truth in reporting: Warren's "Envision Michigan Fund" is a PAC per the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. So, she's doing what she's best at - giving other peoples' money away.


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

As a DNP student at University of Detroit, part of my class "project" was to follow a Senator or Representative around.Following Senator Warren, I know she has been looking in every area of Michigan government to find ways to "fund college" for our Michigan youth. There is so much waste and sensless spending in Michigan and it needs to be channeled toward a positve goal. She is doing her best to put bills in place to do this! After the weekend article about how all the "well off" parents fund their kids to go to U of M, I think it is about time someone local did something for those less "well off". So Ann Arbor and surrounding area, I challenge you...make that $500 more...


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

Not everyone who offers/contributes towards a scholarship needs to have it published. They don't need the public pat on the back.

Morris Thorpe

Wed, May 9, 2012 : 12:37 p.m.

Wow! Two $500 scholarships. I'd wager that buying an ad the size of this article on would cost more, so it's a very savvy (and transparent) move.


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 12:23 p.m.

Why not call it what it is. A press release for a politician. Ho hum.


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 11:32 a.m.

Just padding her future election.....


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 3:08 a.m.

A nice gesture but $500 will pay for less than 5% of one years tuition at UM. It would be more helpful to put pressure on President Coleman to find savings in her UM budget.


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 12:39 p.m.

Her efforts are laughable. Instead of buying votes, how about doing something about the cost of education so more can take advantage. She disgusts me.


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 6:47 a.m.

Every little bit helps. I applaud her efforts and the message it sends to students.