Battle Creek’s Legacy Scholars Program expands to support students who face the most barriers


Paying for childcare or transportation, in addition to tuition and books can be a dealbreaker for a student deciding whether to pursue additional education. That’s why we’re excited to expand how program funds can be used in our Legacy Scholars program – funds can now be used to reduce barriers that students might face, such as childcare, transportation and housing.

Launched by WKKF in 2005, the Legacy Scholars program invests in the educational future of youth in our hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Expanding how funds can be used makes it possible for more students – especially studentsin low-income families, first-generation students and students of color – to participate in the Legacy Scholars program. 

Jane Simons, writing for Second Wave Southwest Michigan, wrote a thoughtful piece about how these changes could double the number of students receiving financial aid. As I said, “This is really about the next generation of students and how they will shape the future of our city. It allows students who face the most significant barriers to access higher education and technical opportunities in our community.”

We’re excited about what this change to the Legacy Scholars program makes possible – it supports students who face the greatest barriers to education in Battle Creek, Michigan, and it supports this community in forging solutions for the health, happiness and well-being of its children. 


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