The Michigan Relocation Council (MiRC) is proud to announce a Scholarship Opportunity for current high school seniors who have relocated into Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Public Schools and their surrounding counties over the course of their high school career.

To qualify for the scholarship, the student must have relocated more than 50 miles sometime between grades 9 (after completion of 8th grade) and 12 and changed schools due to their family’s relocation. Residence eligibility is defined as a senior attending a public school within Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Public Schools and their surrounding counties. The applicant must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent achievement on a different scale).

Students will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and on their response to an essay addressing the way they handled the challenges associated with relocating to a new area and a new high school.

A one-time award of $1,000 will be sent directly to the college that the winning applicant will be attending to assist with tuition, etc.

The winner will be cordially invited, along with his/her parent(s), to join us in person at our 2nd Quarter meeting, at which time we will have a chance to meet them, discuss their experience, and formally award the scholarship.

Please see the links below for Application, Instructions for Students, and Information for School Administrators/Counselors.  For more information about our Charitable Causes Committee or questions about our 2024 MiRC Scholarship Program, please contact us at 

2024 MIRC Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Amelia Gougam, our Relocation Essay Scholarship Award Winner!

With stops in Canada & Abu Dhabi and family in Algeria & Port Huron, Amelia wrote about her relocation journey and how she enjoys learning about other cultures, customs and experiences from others.

Amelia’s story was particularly compelling, as she spoke about her relocation journey during the summer of 2020.

Filing for immigration status (alone) can be a stressful experience (for individuals and their families), but after imagine doing that during the height of the pandemic and when governments quarantined all immigration offices, making it difficult to book appointments for an interview. After much persistence, her father was able to book an interview and was able to relocate the family shortly after, in July 2021.

Since arriving in Kalamazoo, Amelia has excelled, both academically and in the community, with plans of attending the University of Michigan, with a focus in medicine.

Congratulations Amelia (and family)!

Best Regards,

Michigan Relocation Council 

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