Resources for Promise Communities


promisenet community map

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.



Learn more about Promise programs

Since the announcement of the Kalamazoo Promise in 2005, dozens of communities around the nation have created their own place-based scholarship programs.


For an introduction to Promise programs, click here.
For a map showing the locations of Promise programs, click here.
For a database of Promise programs, click here.


Explore past PromiseNet conferences

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.

PromiseNet 2014
PromiseNet 2011
PromiseNet 2010
PromiseNet 2008