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Ferris Offers Scholarship to Students Across Kent ISD

Provides ‘Seamless Transition’ to FSU, President Says


Is the Bulldog in your future? More students may have the chance to say “yes” thanks to a new Ferris State University scholarship. The NEXT Scholarship gives high school students across Kent ISD taking FSU classes $1,000 toward their tuition. If students maintain their grades, the scholarship can be renewed up to three years.

University President David L. Eisler announced the scholarship at a Kent ISD board meeting May 15.

“The Ferris NEXT scholarship creates a seamless transition to Ferris, in addition to reducing costs and shortening a student’s time to degree, which are both top priorities at our university,” Eisler told the board.

The university previously announced the scholarship for Rockford students taking FSU classes, but is now extending it for all high school students taking Ferris classes (at a C or better grade) in districts across the ISD.

The guidelines for receiving the scholarship are:

  • Students who have graduated from a district within Kent ISD
  • Qualify for admission in a degree-granting program at Ferris
  • Enrolling full-time at a Ferris site within one year of graduation
  • Earned a C or better in at least three credits through a Ferris collaborative high school agreement

Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff said this was important news for area families.

“We are thrilled with this generous scholarship from our partners at Ferris State, and know this brings great news to hundreds of students across our region,” Caniff said. “This scholarship could bring millions of dollars in total benefit to students who take advantage of it for three years.”

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