Investing in Our Students Today • Creates Leaders Tomorrow.


Amount of Scholarship is determined by the number of consecutive years student attends MCAS and lives in a home owned by the student’s parent/guardian in Michigan City corporate city limits.

7th—12th grade up to 100%
9th—12th grade up to 80%
10th—12th grade up to 70%
11th—12th grade up to 60%
12th grade up to 25%

The Michigan City Promise Scholarship applies to tuition and fees, including lab, student activity, and registration fees at regionally accredited colleges/universities/post secondary undergraduate programs in Indiana. Scholarship cannot be applied to room and board, books, summer school, or graduate school.



Step 1: Click here to download and complete the Michigan City Promise Scholarship application.

Step 2: Click here to complete the FAFSA (Deadline March 10th). Print and submit the confirmation page to include with your scholarship application.

Step 3: Click below to download form to complete your 40 hours of community service and submit verified hours with application.

Step 4: Obtain homestead exemption from the LaPorte County Auditor’s office and submit with application:

LaPorte County Auditor’s Office
555 Michigan Avenue Suite 205
LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 326-6808 ext. 2252

Step 5: If parent is not legal guardian, provide proof of legal guardianship.

Step 6: Once available, provide a letter of acceptance/admission to an accredited Indiana college, university or post secondary education program.

Step 7: Once available, get copy of official final transcript from the Michigan City High School registrar office. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be 2.5 or higher.



Michigan City is investing public dollars to raise the level, importance and performance of its student population and in the process, securing the community’s bright future.

An investment in a student’s education cannot be measured. It is exponential.


  • Corporate and Community assistance in funding the program
  • Provide opportunities for Community Service hours
  • Provide Corporate internships for our student scholars
  • Offer full time employment upon post secondary graduation

Invest in our greatest natural resources, our children, to grow our community.

To make a donation, make a check payable to
Michigan City Promise Program
and deliver to Nancy at
100 East Michigan Blvd.
Michigan City, Indiana 46360


A: The deadline for the Promise Scholarship application is June 9, 2017.

A: Check here for eligibility requirements.

A: See the current opportunities below. Check back periodically for more volunteer opportunities. If you would like to request a specific opportunity, please contact Promise Scholarship Director, Nancy Smith.

Organization Contact Phone Job Description
Michigan City Park Department Jeremy Keinitz 873-1506 Grounds:  8–3pm daily.  Raking, sweeping, planting and weeding
Office:  data entry projects throughout the year
Zoo Assistant:  Diet prep help daiy from 8am–12pm
Maintenance:  Painting and small scale building projects throughout the year
Spring: Sand removal/cleanup/ garbage pick up throughout the park system, planting flowers
Education Dept:  Camp assistants, project development, crafts,
Zoology 101—June thru mid July 9–2pm
Where the Wild Things are—Mid to late July  9–2pm
Wild by Design—Late July–August
Michigan City Fire Department Randy Novak
Michigan City Promise Nancy Smith 871-6881 Office work, filing, data entry, some phone calling—-June-July    Marching in parades with Promise banner
MCAS Betsy Kohn 873-2044 Filing, archiving photos, general office work
MCAS Bonnie Manuel 873-2044 Tutoring and other general work
Boys and Girls Club
Friendship Gardens Rima Binder
Barker Mansion Help with outside work at the Mansion
Special Events
Mainstreet Association Special Events:  Taste of Michigan City, Parades,
Salvation Army Bell Ringing at holiday time, sorting toys for Toys for Tots

A: Contact Nancy Smith at, or call at 871.6881, or contact your guidance counselor at MCHS.

A: Send to:

Nancy Smith
Promise Scholarship
100 E Michigan Blvd City Hall
Michigan City IN 46360

A: Yes. You must reapply every year. Check this website late fall for the application. Returning students can apply here.

A: Accreditation is a process by which colleges demonstrate that their credits and degrees meet acceptable levels of quality. Most non-profit, degree granting institutions are regionally accredited, while most for-profit colleges and universities are not. The Department of Education recognizes regionally accredited schools, making them eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs.

A: You must apply your senior year. If you did not apply by the deadline senior year, you will not be eligible for the Promise Scholarship.

A: The initial funding for the Promise Scholarship is monies allocated from the Boyd Gaming Fund that Michigan City uses for city improvements. The Mayor and Promise Director will be looking for alternative funding sources and corporate partners as a way to grow the initiative.