Michael Tubbs (255380)

Michael Tubbs, the first Black mayor of Stockton at just 27, has announced an initiative to provide all Stockton public high school graduates with college scholarships via a $20 million grant. According to the Grio, under the Stockton Scholars program, Stockton high school graduates admitted to four and two-year colleges will receive $4,000 and $1,000, respectively. That works out to $1,000 per year for four-year university students and $500 per year for those headed to two-year schools. “Scholarships are a game changer that will reshape the trajectory of our city for decades to come. Today, I am challenging this city to raise a total of $100 million, so that we can help cover the cost of college for all of our students,” Tubbs said in a statement. The scholarship initiative will begin in 2019. The $20 million will fund the program for 10 years. Tubbs hopes to raise an additional $80 million to fund Stockton Scholars indefinitely. In a letter posted on the program’s website, Tubbs explained his personal connection to this scholarship opportunity. “In many ways, my story parallels that of Stockton’s. Statistically speaking, as a young Black man born and raised in South Stockton, it was highly unlikely for me to attend college and much less become mayor. With the guidance of a supportive network of individuals who nurtured my personal, intellectual and professional growth, I was able to attend and graduate from Stanford University. I am proof positive of the positive returns that come in investing in young people and their future.” However, a vocal group of activists are working to get him recalled after the city council voted in favor of creating Tubbs’ controversial Advanced Peace program. The project provides mentorship to convicted criminals and also provides a monthly stipend of $300 to $700. Advanced Peace is solely funded by donations.