H.O.L.T makes college possible for some at-risk students

By Ashley Gibbard
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

In 2009 Holt Public Schools with the help of the surrounding community and Lansing Community College, wanted to make it possible for students to further their education, even if they didn’t have the financial means. That’s when then-Holt Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Johnny Scott, along with his board members founded the H.O.L.T. scholarship program, with the first scholarships being given out in 2011. H.O.L.T. stands for Helping Others Learn Together. This fund will help children who are at risk of not furthering their education access two years of free tuition at Lansing Community College in exchange for graduating from Holt High School. According to the H.O.L.T Scholarship Program information, a student is eligible based on the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria for at-risk students. The U.S. Department of Education website states that the criteria includes race, whether the student live in a single parent home and whether the student’s family income is on or below the poverty line.