- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Officials have announced $275,000 toward a college scholarship program for Kalamazoo Public Schools graduates.

The Kalamazoo Gazette and WXMI-TV report that $250,000 was donated anonymously to the Kalamazoo Promise free-tuition program for 10 students seeking teaching degrees at Western Michigan University.

The money is in addition to tuition provided by the program and will cover room and board, books, transportation and other costs.

Advia Credit Union’s foundation donated another $25,000 to pay similar costs for an 11th student.

The students will receive mentoring in Western Michigan’s College of Education and Human Development. They also will have student-teaching opportunities in Kalamazoo Public Schools.

The donations for the new Future Educators Program were announced Friday.

The Kalamazoo Promise has provided more than $67 million in scholarships over 10 years.

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