The Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship is entering its eighth year with continued support and a generous dollar for dollar match of up to $25,000 from Herman Miller through its giving program, Herman Miller Cares.
The company’s commitment to the HZ Promise goes beyond financial sponsorship to informing Promise scholars about local internships and careers and offering vital career preparation opportunities.
In December of 2016, a number of area scholarship students attended a Tips and Tricks training session at Herman Miller’s Design Yard.
And In August of 2017, Herman Miller offered another special training opportunity to our HZ Promise students. Jennifer Ung, Nhi Tran, Srey Vang, David Mora, Rodrigo Zavala-Cintora and recent Promise graduate Yadah Ramirez practiced their interviewing skills and had their resumes critiqued during a workshop which was hosted by Herman Miller’s Alison Freas and Luis Silva.
With the help of more than 101 donors that include individuals as well as a number of local businesses like Herman Miller, the Promise has been able to support 33 college students, (11 of whom have now graduated). Most them first generation and from lower income households. The scholarship allows them to attend any two or four-year post-secondary education institution in Michigan. and enables them to graduate debt free.
In addition, the Promise provides side-by-side guidance by mentors as well as opportunities for peer mentoring. All this to ensure our students cross the finish line, earning their degrees or vocational/technical credentials.
The Promise is administered by the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area. To be selected for the program, students must first be nominated by area high school counselors or staff at the Careerline Tech Center, Boys and Girls Club, Latin Americans United for Progress or Upward Bound.