The city of Malden, Massachusetts, is giving $1-thousand to every graduating senior in the town who is going to college. On Tuesday night at the Malden High School Senior Awards, the mayor of Malden, Gary Christenson, announced a new scholarship. Christenson told the members of the graduating class of 2022 that every single one of them that is heading to college is going to get $1-thousand from the city.
Malden is using money they received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was meant to help cities address the negative impacts of COVID-19. "Our students who are graduating in 2022 have endured the brunt of the COVID-19 health crisis,” a press release from the mayor’s office states. “From remote learning to lost earnings opportunity during the pandemic, the impact has been real.”
Christenson says some communities used the ARPA funds to lower taxes, but they’re choosing to support the city’s future instead. And the money doesn’t just go to Malden High grads; graduating seniors from local charter and vocational schools will also qualify for the scholarship.