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Kalamazoo — An initiative that awards college tuition to Kalamazoo high school graduates is celebrating its 10th anniversary and nearly 4,000 scholarships.

The Kalamazoo Promise has offered full-tuition scholarships since 2005 to students who spend kindergarten through 12th grade in the city’s public school district. High school graduates are able to attend any community college, public university and a select group of private colleges in the state.

More than $60 million in scholarship awards has been given, and nearly 1,000 degrees have been earned through the Kalamazoo Promise.

Events are being planned to commemorate its upcoming anniversary. A citywide celebration will be held in downtown Kalamazoo this August.

About 500 students will be able to take advantage of the Kalamazoo Promise after they graduate this spring.

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