More scholarships for college students final proposal

PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gDtpxQwFjQNFyzHFnGwWLCwWbE2WVI1Ft8cmQwyq6JM/mobilepresent?slide=id.p

2. Persona and POV statement Persona:

Persona name: Greg

Age: 18

Grade: 12

State/city they live in: Redford Michigan

Background Information Greg grew up in Livonia Michigan and goes to Thurston High School. He is pretty outgoing, and has a lot of friends at school. He also participates in many extracurriculars and has almost all A’s in his classes. He took five AP classes throughout his four years of high school, despite being involved in so many extra curriculars. He has five siblings, and his family has struggled financially raising five kids, and are afraid they won’t be able to help much with Greg’s college tuition.

Goals: Being able to afford college once he goes Not being overwhelmed with student debt and loans once he graduates Making other low income families not have to go through the troubles and worries of paying for their children’s college tuition. POV Statement Greg is a high school senior and has been accepted to Kalamazoo College next year. Because of all of the after school activities he was involved in, he did not have time for a job to raise money for college. Because his family has four other kids to raise and bills to pay, they can’t afford to help much with paying his college tuition. Greg has filed his FAFSA but did not receive enough money to easily afford college. He also did not receive enough scholarships even though he applied for many. He felt like he did everything he could to pay for college but it wasn’t enough. He now fears he will drown in debt by the time he’s done with only his first year, and wish he had been able to receive more scholarships.

Potential Solutions

Build a foundation for a network that makes sure students with lower income families will be able to afford college. Within this we would create our own “Go Blue Guarantee” scholarship for more public universities throughout Michigan. For funding we can raise money through many networks and gateways that we potentially can build from.Also the college could make room for the funding of this scholarship, especially since public universities are not non funded. Just as the “Go Blue” award we will have students who, with a lower family income of $65,000, will be guaranteed a full ride tuition. There are also different statuses of income that will determine how much you get to take away from your college fund if you make over 65,000 per year.

Each public university in Michigan should have more scholarships offered for their school, to provide students even more help in paying tuition. There should be full ride scholarships offered based on talent, or academic achievement. They should be handed out more frequently, while still having requirements for who is and is not eligible for the scholarships. The money will come from the same area as listed above (Many networks and gateways we could potentially build from). Students need these scholarships offered because it’s currently rare to get a full ride, but if colleges received more money then more could be offered and students could afford college.

Give out more scholarships that are most on income, and not just academics. Some families that don’t really need it earn more money from schools than families who need it more. We believe that students with lower incomes should receive more money, and income should play a role in the amount of money that each public school in Michigan awards students. We would not need more money for this solution, since less will be given to families with higher incomes, and that money that’s not given to those families will go to families with lower income.

BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS Context Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr51

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan: It would make college more affordable for students attending public colleges in Michigan. Families with lower incomes would not have to worry about paying their child’s tuition and the student would not drown in debt for a good portion of their life.

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal? We were already aware that paying for college was a big challenge for college students because of debt that students are taught to be afraid of from a young age, so we wanted to lesson the debt. We did research existing scholarships and found there’s only one like ours, which is the Go Blue Guaruntee, which can be found at https://goblueguaruntee.umich.edu

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal? For our course at Thurston High School, a service activity was not required.

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue : https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gDtpxQwFjQNFyzHFnGwWLCwWbE2WVI1Ft8cmQwyq6JM/mobilepresent?slide=id.p 

Consulations

CONSULTATION 1: Mr. Marchio informed us that he was unable to receive many scholarships because of the amount of income his family made, but thought it would help a lot of families out if it existed at more colleges.

CONSULTATION 2: Ms. Hereau discussed her experience in receiving scholarships, and we learned that she chose her college based on which one offered her the most money. She concluded she would have chosen a different school where she might have been happier if they offered her more money.

CONSULTATION 3: Ms. Marlow was also not able to receive a lot of scholarship money due to the amount of money she is making, but wishes she were able to earn more because of the amount of debt she has now.

Research process: Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit. In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

We talked to three staff members in our school who were currently enrolled or went to college and interviewed them regarding the amount of scholarship money they received and whether or not they wished they received more scholarship money. We struggled to think of where the money would come from, since the university currently offering this scholarship has a lot of sponsors and places they get the money from. We initially thought that we would just write a bill and it could become law, but later on we realized we had to decide where the money would come from.

Author contributions: Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

Kelsea and I split the work evenly for most of the process. We both did research, we worked together on the media artifact and the persona statement. I had to work on the final proposal alone since Kelsea was not here all week.

FORMAL PROPOSAL The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform. Preambulatory clauses WHEREAS....College students graduate in thousands of dollars in debt...WHEREAS...students are choosing colleges for the money and not based on where they will actually be happy...WHEREAS...Some students don't even bother applying because they know they won't be able to afford it.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED.... Build a foundation for a network that makes sure students with lower income families will be able to afford college. Within this we would create our own “Go Blue Guarantee” scholarship for more public universities throughout Michigan. For funding we can raise money through many networks and gateways that we potentially can build from.Also the college could make room for the funding of this scholarship, especially since public universities are not non funded. Just as the “Go Blue” award we will have students who, with a lower family income of $65,000, will be guaranteed a full ride tuition. There are also different statuses of income that will determine how much you get to take away from your college fund if you make over 65,000 per year. Each public university in Michigan should have more scholarships offered for their school, to provide students even more help in paying tuition. There should be full ride scholarships offered based on talent, or academic achievement. They should be handed out more frequently, while still having requirements for who is and is not eligible for the scholarships. The money will come from the same area as listed above (Many networks and gateways we could potentially build from). Students need these scholarships offered because it’s currently rare to get a full ride, but if colleges received more money then more could be offered and students could afford college. Give out more scholarships that are most on income, and not just academics. Some families that don’t really need it earn more money from schools than families who need it more. We believe that students with lower incomes should receive more money, and income should play a role in the amount of money that each public school in Michigan awards students. We would not need more money for this solution, since less will be given to families with higher incomes, and that money that’s not given to those families will go to families with lower income.

Counter-arguments:

Schools are not able to get the money to fund those scholarships.

Students can do more to pay for college, like getting a job.

There are more important things the money can be spent on.

Costs and funding: What are some costs associated with your proposal? Money-colleges have to get the money from somewhere How will you pay for your proposed proposal? From what sources say would the funding come? Money through many networks and gateways Ishtar we could potentially build from.

Who (people or groups) might be object to funding your proposal? NSPA and other organizations. References: https://www.scholarshipproviders.org/page/FAQ_StartSchProgram

Go track.us

Goblueguaruntee.umich.edu

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