Promise communities are those that seek to transform themselves by making a long-term investment in education through place-based scholarships. While these programs vary in their structure, they all seek to expand access to and success in higher education, deepen the college-going culture in K-12 systems, and support local economic development.
Since the announcement of the Kalamazoo Promise in 2005, dozens of communities around the nation have created their own place-based scholarship programs.
Since 2008, Promise communities have been meeting to share best practices around designing, implementing, and sustaining place-based scholarship programs. Here are links to material from previous meetings of PromiseNet.