A $20,000 grant from the DTE Energy Foundation will be used to endow a college scholarship for a graduate of the Blue Water Middle College Academy. Pete Spencer, director of the middle college, said the scholarship program will be administered through the St. Clair County Community College Foundation.
“The DTE foundation recognized the work the middle college is doing to encourage more local students to pursue a college education, and it wanted to be a part of that. It’s another indication that people are seeing the success stories the middle college is helping create,” Spencer said. SC4 President Dr. Kevin A. Pollock said, “The middle college and its students have become an important part of the SC4 family. We appreciate the DTE Energy Foundation for helping those students continue their higher education.” Fred Shell, DTE Energy’s vice president of Corporate and Government Affairs and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, said, “The DTE Energy Foundation’s support of the Blue Water Middle College reinforces our commitment to education, while strengthening our broad-based partnership with the St. Clair County community.” Shell added that DTE Energy operates a number of facilities in St. Clair County, and also works with community and civic leaders to enhance the quality of life for its customers. The middle college allows students to graduate from high school with both a diploma and a free two-year college associate degree by attending school for a 13th year. It is partnership between SC4 and Capac, Memphis, Port Huron, Port Huron Northern and Yale high schools. Algonac students are will be eligible this fall. Through the middle college, students will attend college classes at St. Clair County Community College and take their high school classes at one of the middle college’s partnering high schools. The Blue Water Middle College is accepting applications. For more information, go to www.sccresa.org/bwmc or call (810) 455-4003.