Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus announced the winners of the #mi2020 Scholarship Competition today. Current Michigan high school seniors were asked to submit a short web video that explains the importance of investing in higher education and how the Michigan 2020 Plan to offer free college tuition to all students is the right investment for our state to make.

The winning entries were:

First Place: Spencer Genrich (Wyandotte), $10,000
Second Place: Sara-Jane Dakroub (Rochester Hills), $2,500
Third Place: Nathan Douglas (Bloomingdale), $1,000

“I congratulate Spencer, Sara-Jane and Nathan on their winning entries and am excited that we can help them pursue a college education,” said Senator Whitmer. “This video competition gave students across the state the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and show us why investing in their futures is investing in our own. Their entries made it clear that the challenges of paying for college are not unique geographically, politically or even economically and show the importance of passing the Michigan 2020 Plan to help all of our kids go to college for free.”

The three winners were determined by a combination of public vote that included over 60,000 votes and the votes of a panel of judges that included an educator, a public relations practitioner and a recent college graduate. Students were asked to create a short web video that illustrates the importance of a higher education and how the Michigan 2020 Plan to offer free college tuition to all students would affect them, their families and Michigan's economy as a whole.

The winning videos can be seen at www.michigan2020.com/competition. More information on the Michigan 2020 Plan to provide college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates is available online at www.michigan2020.com.