POW: Tom Gores, Consumers Energy to donate $2 million for Flint scholarships

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FLINT (WJRT) - (08/23/17) - There is a big announcement from Tom Gores, owner of the Detroit Pistons, and Consumers Energy - $2 million will be coming to Flint to help offer all high school graduates in the city a path to college.

You may remember a generous $1 million donation from Bruno Mars a few weeks back. Well, that $2 million announced Wednesday morning will also be going to the Community Foundation of Flint.

The hope with this additional funding is to develop a Flint Promise Scholarship for high school grads within the city.

Basically, the scholarship would help with funds for grads who want to go off to college.

Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe said their contribution is part of a broader effort and commitment to students in the communities they serve.

As for Gores, he himself is a Flint native and also went to school in Flint.

While he wasn't in attendance Wednesday morning, Pistons vice chair, Arn Tellem, was and he had a special message for students on behalf of Tom.

“If you graduate high school, and you want to go to college and you want to work hard, he has your back, he's going to support you, and along with Consumers Energy, we've become this effort now,” he said.

Because the announcement was just made, a lot of the details aren't quite known yet, but they are hoping to begin this scholarship starting with the class of 2018.

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