ALPENA - The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District is working on obtaining a $50,000 start-up grant through AMA Local College Access Network for additional funding.
According to Superintendent Brian Wilmot, the ESD already received two grants from the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan and is pursuing another one through the Michigan College Access Network for $25,000.
The ESD also is currently pursuing applications to Presque Isle Electric Communities First Fund, Besser Foundation, and other foundations.
"This is a regional attempt to get students to go to a secondary school; we are applying for grants from various foundations to find extra funding," Wilmot said.
The funding will help students with the process of enrolling into college, but will not go toward paying for their education, he said.
"Our main goal is to get more of our area students interested in college, and we are using local networks to provide assistance to help achieve our goal," he said.
According to Wilmot, the AMA ESD has a set committee that is working on finding additional funding and grants to apply to.
"It's a really important committee that's working on this project, and it is doing a great job," Wilmot said.
In Wilmot's January report to the AMA ESD, he stated that he will be discussing this topic later on as more news develops.
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