Rep. Markkanen: Foster care students pursuing skilled trades to receive help

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Legislator testifies in support of plan

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of his plan to expand scholarship opportunities for students who have been in foster care.  Markannen’s plan would add students attending a skilled trades institution to the list of those eligible for the scholarship.

Currently, Michigan students must attend a university, four-year college or a community college at least half the time to be eligible for the Fostering Future Scholarship.

“As a former teacher, I know all students should have the opportunity to succeed. Giving students another option to pursue a career in the skilled trades will help them build a brighter future,” said Markkanen, of Hancock. “This plan gives foster care youth the resources to help support themselves and helps those that need it most.”

The Fostering Future Scholarship provides eligible foster youth with funds for tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies required for enrollment.

House Bill 4406 remains under consideration by the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.