U.S. egg producer Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has given $50,000 to the Saranac Promise Scholarship Program, a program aimed at helping graduates from the community school system in Saranac, Michigan, earn degrees from two-year and four-year colleges. The donation was presented by Terry and Greg Herbruck, both graduates of Saranac Community Schools.

One of the goals of the Saranac Promise program is to open the doors to higher education for Saranac graduates. By easing the financial burden of students, committee members and district staff hope more students will opt to further their education after high school.

“We want to provide all children with the opportunity to further develop their academic and/or vocational skills. We want to build a college-going culture in the community of Saranac so that every child can have the expectation and opportunity to attend college or a vocational school after high school graduation,” Saranac Community Schools Superintendent Maury Geiger told the Ionia Sentinel-Standard.

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Geiger and members of the Saranac Promise Committee hope to offer limited scholarships to all 2016 graduates. In 2016, each graduate is expected to receive as much as $1,000 to further their education.

“Full implementation of the Saranac Promise is planned for the graduating class of 2017, with an annual scholarship of up to $4,000,” added Geiger.