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The Pontiac Promise Zone — initiated by the Pontiac School District — enables students within the district, which may include students from Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Lake Orion, Rochester, Lake Angelus and White Lake — to obtain financial assistance to attend any college or university in Michigan and to earn a two-year associate degree. If sufficient funding is raised, the program will be expanded to support the students through their bachelor’s degrees.
All applicants must first apply for financial aid, which is applied first to the tuition bill before the Promise Zone Scholarship is awarded to help make up the difference. The number of years a student attends a school within the Pontiac district is also a factor in the award. Read more.
The Pontiac Promise Zone is a program that enables students living within the Pontiac School District to obtain financial assistance to attend any college, university or trade school in Michigan and to earn a two year degree, four year degree or certification.
PONTIAC PROMISE ZONE SCHOLARSHIP
Receive up to $6,000 per year, paid in increments of up to $3,000 per semester. The total scholarship adds up to $24,000 over the course of 4 years.
Pontiac Promise Zone funds are applied towards tuition and fees only. (Funds cannot be applied towards boarding, meals, etc.) If eligible, you also qualify for up to $300 per semester in book reimbursement.
A Collaboration between Oakland University and the City of Pontiac
The OU-Pontiac Initiative is committed to helping advance the City of Pontiac while enhancing experiential learning opportunities for Oakland University students.
Over the past year, a network of leaders from the City of Pontiac, Oakland University and the local community served as Pillar Leads for six focus areas: PK-16 Education, Civic Engagement, Economic and Workforce Development, Health Care and Wellness, Arts and Culture, and Building Capacity for Non-Profits and Neighborhoods.
At Oakland University, we are committed to sharing the most up-to-date, relevant information regarding OU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please reference the COVID-19 Update page frequently as facts and information is changing rapidly. Read More.
OU Awarded Grant to Support Economic Development in Pontiac
Oakland University News | March 4, 2020
A new $117,700 grant awarded to Oakland University will fund a feasibility study for a Small Business Support Center in downtown Pontiac. The project will evaluate how university, city, county and state resources can be integrated into a single entity to develop, sustain and promote non-technology companies including retail, restaurants, cleaning services and more.
The grant is an Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The EAA program provides a wide range of technical, planning, public works and infrastructure assistance, with the goal of growing small businesses and job creation in regions experiencing economic challenges. Application for the award was supported by Oakland University, Oakland County and Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman. Read More.
The OU-Pontiac Initiative was recently featured prominently in the 2020 State of the County address.
The OU-Pontiac Initiative is committed to helping advance the City of Pontiac while enhancing experiential learning opportunities for Oakland University students. Over the past year, a network of leaders from the City of Pontiac, Oakland University and the local community served as Pillar Leads for six focus areas: PK-16 Education, Civic Engagement, Economic and Workforce Development, Health Care and Wellness, Arts and Culture, and Building Capacity for Non-Profits and Neighborhoods. For more information click here.
THE SUCCESS CODE SERIES
The Success Code Series is a combined initiative that incorporates a total educational process to usher: educational preparedness, job readiness and early life success in the world of a child or an adult. This whole series is geared to help fulfill the educational need to schools and school districts to give and present a COMPLETE component to all of the students under their umbrella.
These programs are also designed to be facilitated and initiated separately. It is an a’la carte program. It is all tailored to the school, district or corporations need/needs. Click Here to find out more.
COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Pontiac Jobs Pipeline Scholarship
$5,000.00 scholarships to be awarded in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 academic school semesters to City of Pontiac residents pursuing a technical or skilled trades degree.
DEADLINE Until all scholarships have been awarded
*Must have graduated from high school or completed GED 2.5 or above GPA
*Must be a resident of Pontiac, Michigan
*Must be continuing on to pursue post-secondary education in a technical program (i.e. machine tool technology, engineering technology, robotics)
*Eligibility status: High School Senior, College Freshman, College Sophomore
For more Information
The Fran Anderson Making A Difference Scholarship
** Deadline Extended to Friday, November 13th – Noon **
Holiday Extravaganza announces four one-time, $1,000 “Fran Anderson Making a Difference Scholarships” sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. One of these scholarships will be awarded to a qualified high school student who resides in Auburn Hills; the second will be awarded to a qualified high school student who resides in Pontiac; the third will be awarded to a qualified high school student who resides in Waterford; and the fourth will be awarded to a qualified high school student who resides in White Lake.
Each of these scholarship recipients will also represent his/her respective community as a Junior Grand Marshall for the Holiday Extravaganza Parade in downtown Pontiac on Saturday, December 5, 2020. The Cities of Auburn Hills and Pontiac and the Townships of Waterford and White Lake participate in and support the parade.
Janice Simmons Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship
The Janice Simmons Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established to recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress, and provide financial assistance to students pursuing a Nursing degree.
OCC Trustee, Activist was 'A Builder of People'
ROCHESTER HILLS - In a keynote address she delivered during 2004 King Unity Week activities in Pontiac, Oakland Community College Trustee Janice Simmons commented on the influence of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
"The dash between Jan. 15, 1929, and April 4 1968 demonstrates what one man could do in such a short lifetime," she said.
A host of family members, friends, colleagues and state and local civic leaders are now reflecting on what the same hyphen will tell of Simmons' life. Read More.
Oakland University Hubert Price Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Oakland University continues it's Pontiac Involvement through their recognition of former Oakland County Commissioner from 1975 to 1994, State Representative from 1994 to 2000, and Pontiac Native the late Hubert Price Jr.
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Pontiac civil rights activist, former state rep Hubert Price Jr.
by Dustin Blitchok, The Oakland Press | Dec 7, 2016
Hubert Price Jr., who dedicated his life to public service and activism in Pontiac, died at home Wednesday with his family after a brief illness.
Price, 70, served as an Oakland County commissioner from 1975 to 1994, as a state representative from 1994 to 2000 and with countless Pontiac organizations.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carolyn, four children and three grandchildren. Born Sept. 28, 1946 in Pontiac, Price first lived at 72 Lull Street on the city’s southwest side. He graduated from Pontiac Central High School in 1964 and attended Michigan State University. Read More.
For a complete Pontiac Area Scholarship Listing visit our PMB Scholarship Information Center.
The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan presents The Pontiac Funders Collaborative. In close partnership with local government and nonprofit organizations, a cohort of funders has been working to support a collective plan to help strengthen Pontiac’s ability to thrive. More Details and information coming soon.