Since 1986, the Kalamazoo County Excellence in Education program has become one of the most noteworthy, exciting and far-reaching recognition programs ever implemented in the Kalamazoo area.
The program has generated cooperative relationships, interest, and enthusiasm among public and non-public educational institutions in Kalamazoo County. Thanks to the support of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, as well as a challenge grant from the Monroe-Brown Foundation, the program continues to recognize graduating high school seniors and educators. It also awards Educator Incentive Grants to enhance learning in Kalamazoo County schools.
To date, 708 educators have received Professional Development awards totaling $568,322.
Each May, the Excellence in Education program holds a reception to reward students for their academic achievements and provide them the opportunity to honor those educators who have contributed to their success.
To date, Student Scholarships equaling $1,272,174 have been awarded to 1,752 students.