the Come-Home program

RE: FYI – Scholarships and attracting/keeping people in our area- the “Come Home Award

I attended the Leadership Westmoreland program in my area and was exposed to the fact that our area, like others around the U.S, have a need to skilled labor, blue collar jobs, and also, in some areas, a need to keep people/get people to return to their ‘home towns’.

Here is one unique solution that I thought you’d find interesting.

I hear this first on the radio/podcast at

In St. Clair County, Michigan, some recent college graduates from the area who return home to work are offered up to $15,000.

(Below is From the article  )

“Efforts to improve talent attraction and retention programs are continuing as three new Come Home Award recipients have been named in St. Clair County and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has announced plans to introduce legislation to support initiatives nationwide.

The Community Foundation of St. Clair County’s Come Home program pays recent college graduates with STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, arts and math, degrees up to $15,000 to move back to St. Clair County to live and work. The latest award recipients are Brad McDougal and his fiancé Lindsay Payton, as well as Shane Gamrat.

“Programs like the Community Foundation of St. Clair County’s Come Home Award fund helps attract talent for employers in need of workers and reduces the financial burden on graduates whose skills are in high demand,” Peters said in a recent release.

(It seemed like an idea worth considering, FYI ONLY)

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