The Obama administration announced Thursday it will award $5.7 million to high school seniors from Flint Michigan for their support of the state’s water crisis.
The award will go to those students, who will have to register with the Education Department and pay a $500 fee to participate.
The Department of Education said it will also pay for water treatment equipment, and for the cost of student and family support services.
The students will have access to a scholarship fund and be able to access financial aid from other programs, including federal Pell grants, and other sources, the White House said.
The announcement came a day after the State Department released its annual report on Flint, Michigan, and the U.S. federal government has been under scrutiny for its failure to provide adequate federal aid to the city.
The state is under investigation by the Justice Department for its role in the water crisis that has killed more than 50 people.
The report has said that the state is not in compliance with the Clean Water Act and that the city’s water system has not been cleaned since April of last year.