Senate Democrats Announce Scholarship Competition to Highlight the Michigan 2020 Plan

$10,000 Competition to promote plan to offer free in-state tuition for all Michigan students

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer announced the #mi2020 Scholarship Competition today that will provide the winner with a year's worth of tuition, up to $10,000, at any of Michigan's community colleges or public universities. To enter, students are asked to submit a short web video at that explains the importance of investing in higher education and how the Michigan 2020 Plan to offer free college tuition to all students is the right investment to make.

“Michigan can jumpstart its economy and bring jobs to our state by creating the most highly skilled workforce in the nation, and that's exactly what our Michigan 2020 Plan would do,” said Whitmer. “The #mi2020 Scholarship Competition is designed to demonstrate the impact this program would have on a student's life by giving one high school senior a year's worth of free tuition right now while we continue to work towards enacting this critically important program for all Michigan students.”

The #mi2020 Scholarship Competition is open to all current Michigan high school seniors, whether they are attending public school, private school or are home-schooled. The winner will receive up to $10,000 for their first year's expenses at a public Michigan university or community college.

“I hear from students on a routine basis that are ready to take on the challenge of going to college but struggle with how they can possibly afford it,” said Hedlun Walton, a Michigan High School guidance counselor. “A college education is a gateway to success for Michigan students and a key to getting our state back on track, and this scholarship will provide one student with that opportunity until we can provide it to every graduate in Michigan.”

To enter, high school seniors are asked to create a short video that explains why Michigan needs to enact the Michigan 2020 Plan. Submissions open today, March 6th, and are due by April 20, 2012. Online voting will begin on April 23rd with the top 20 videos moving on to the finals. For more information on the #mi2020 Scholarship Competition, including eligibility, judging criteria and how to enter, go to

The #mi2020 Scholarship Competition is designed to engage Michigan's students in the discussion on the Michigan 2020 Plan. Senate Democrats are introducing legislation this week to implement the proposal that would enable all Michigan high school graduates to have their tuition and associated costs paid for at one of Michigan's community colleges or universities. The proposal would come at no extra cost to taxpayers and would instead be paid for by reducing ineffective and outdated tax loopholes. The total estimated cost of this program is $1.8 billion per year once it is fully implemented.

To learn more about the Michigan 2020 Plan, you can visit