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Whitmer announces winners of Michigan Education Trust’s $1.5 million giveaway


The Michigan Education Trust celebrated its 35-year anniversary with a $1.5 Million Giveaway, divvied up into 100 $15,000 prepaid tuition prizes, with one local resident among the winners.

The random, statewide drawing allowed family or friends to enter on behalf of a child.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is herself a MET alumna, announced the winners on Tuesday. She emphasized the efforts of the Trust, describing it as a means of providing “life-changing opportunities for Michiganders to save for children’s higher education and pave their way for a better future.”

Among the 100 winners across the state is Fenton resident Scott Paul Bethke. Bethke, a father of grown triplets and grandfather of seven, says he intends to use put the winnings towards his grandson’s education.


 “We are excited to shine a $1.5 million spotlight on MET and show parents, grandparents, and others how it’s a safe, secure and flexible way to make sure their loved ones meet their future education and career goals,” said Robin Lott, Director of the Michigan Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning. The Michigan Education Trust, she added, has been instrumental in “providing families peace of mind as they work to help provide their children with a debt-free start to pursue their dreams.”

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