Kalamazoo is rich in a tradition of education, as evidenced by the philanthropic creativity of Kalamazoo Promise, a program that provides scholarships to any Kalamazoo Public School graduate who goes on to attend one of Michigan’s public colleges or universities. In addition, Kalamazoo is home to four institutions of higher learning; Kalamazoo College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges; Western Michigan University, part of the state’s acclaimed university system; Davenport University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, which provides area residents opportunities for life-long learning and skill development. For a city of its size, it is unusual but beneficial, that all four schools are either located downtown or within walking or biking distance.