Haley Luxton from Burton was one of three winners announced for the Michigan 2020 scholarship competition. Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer announced the winners on Wednesday after more than 75,000 votes were cast by people across the state to help determine the winner.

Students were asked to submit a short video for the competition 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 - Jacob Wolf from Marquette - $10,000
  • Second Place - Haley Luxton from Burton - $2,500
  • Third Place - Natalie Berger from Ferndale - $1,000

Whitmer said "I congratulate these students for their incredible talent, creativity and hard work throughout this competition. They have truly showcased the impact that an investment in their future through higher education would have not only on their own lives, but on all of us in the State of Michigan."

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 public's vote in the finals was combined with the votes of the judging panel to determine the winners.

Whitmer said "tens of thousands Michigan residents watched these creative entries from students across the state that displayed their belief that our Michigan 2020 Plan is the right plan for our state's future. Their commitment to our state further emphasizes the need for this Legislature to take action on the Michigan 2020 Plan and bring jobs and economic investment back to Michigan that will provide all our students with the ability to succeed for generations to come."

The winning entries are available online at www.mi2020video.com.

More information on the Michigan 2020 Plan to provide college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates is available online at www.michigan2020.com.

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