|GVSU President Tells Gov. Granholm: Eliminating Michigan Promise Scholarship is 'Stealing from Our Future to Pay for the Present'|
November 19, 2009/The Grand Rapids Press
By Dave Murray
UPDATE: Governor Jennifer Granholm suggests GVSU students 'fire' lawmakers who don't back Michigan Promise scholarships
ALLENDALE -- Eliminating the Michigan Promise scholarship is "stealing from our future to pay for the present," Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas told students and Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Granholm is making a tour of universities Thursday as part of a plan to pressure state Senators to come up with money for the Promise Scholarships, eliminated in the recent round of budget cuts.
The tour follows a letter that Granholm sent to all scholarship recipients, urging them to contact their senators to restore the funding.
Appearing before an over-flowing crowd at Cook Dewitt Center, Haas said GVSU has greater percentage of students with the scholarships than any other state university.
He called eliminating the scholarships "horrible public policy," and was followed in the stage by several students, each speaking about how they are affected by losing the money, which could add up to $4,000 after high school graduation and two years of college.
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