Scholarship Resources
Last revised 29 September 2014

This page lists college or university scholarships intended for or particularly well suited for Detroit residents. They may also be available to students living outside of Detroit. Consult your high school counselor or college financial aid office for other possibilities. Email DetroitCollegePromise@gmail.com or call us at 248/646-3269 to report any additions or changes.

General sources of information:
  • Article by Dr. Pernick, link
  • Detroit Community Scholarship Initiative list (2012) - English
  • Paying for College in Michigan - link
  • College Grants and Scholarships in Michigan - link
  • Nationwide list of scholarships from Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard - link
  • Information from Michigan State University libraries - link
  • Scholarships for African-Americans - #1;   #2;   #3
  • PowerPoint presentation (via YouTube) by Ron Wilson of EduGuide - link
  • Financial Aid Made Easy - link

Scholarship Search sites
  • Fast Web: scholarship matching and college search service; also has information on jobs and internships, financial aid, and student life.
  • Mach 25: scholarship search tool that allows students to find scholarships that match their personal profiles or by keyword; also has information on admission criteria, campus life, programs and degrees, and financial aid.
  • Cappex is a free online college and scholarship resource for high school and college students.

Although many scholarship search sites list thousands or scholarships, our experience is that your chance of actually getting any scholarship money from these search sites is low. We recommend starting by searching the list below, or contacting the financial aid office of the college you are attending.

  1. Detroit College Promise
    Program began with the graduating class of 2009 at Cody High School, Detroit
    Number of scholarships: unlimited - we offer scholarships to all DPS graduates who qualify.
    Scholarship details: for class of 2014, awards totaled $30,000 and ranged from $250 to $1,000 per student; award for class of 2015 will be announced in July 2015.
    • Requirements: between December 1 of grade 9 and graduation, students must (a) be registered, (b) continuously attend a DPS high school and (c) continuously reside in Detroit. Note: registration not necessary beginning with class of 2018.
    • "Claim" your scholarship by sending us the completed paperwork between March 1 and July 1 for the college year beginning in August/September.
    See Scholarship Acceptance form and our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Click here for names of past / present scholarship recipients

  2. Coleman A Young Foundation
    Program has been operating since 1986, currently 38 awardees (10 per year)
    Number of scholarships: about 10 per year
    Scholarship details: $5000/year for 4 years, not restricted to Michigan colleges / universities, also intensive mentoring program
    Major requirements:
    • Student has overcome significant hardship
    • Student likely would be unable to go to college otherwise
    Click here for more information

  3. Detroit Compact
    Program has been operating since 1990, currently ~ 125 new awardees per year
    Number of scholarships: unlimited
    Scholarship details: tuition and mandatory fees to designated universities, varies for other institutions
    Major requirements for universities:
    • Detroit Public School students only
    • ACT/SAT results of 21 / 990 or better in reading and math only and cumulative (from 9th grade) 3.0 GPA for public college and university scholarship
    • 95% attendance in high school
    • For community colleges, need ACT of 18 and 2.5 GPA
    Click here or here for more information, here for the application or call Chiquita Lawler at 313/596-0318.

  4. Detroit Economic Club Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: up to 2 per year
    Scholarship details: $2000 per year, renewable
    Major requirements:
    • High school senior in public or private high school in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County
    • Nominated by high school counselor
    Click here for more information

  5. Detroit Tigers Willie Horton Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: 1 per year
    Scholarship details: Up to $5000, not renewable
    Major requirements:
    • Graduating senior at Northwestern High School in Detroit
    Click here for more information

  6. Doss (Lawrence P.) Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: 5 per year
    Scholarship details: Up to $5,000 per year for 4 years
    Major requirements:
    • Graduating senior from Detroit Public Schools
    • Pursuing a career in accounting, finance, management or business
    • Acceptable evidence of community service.
    • Financial need
    • A commitment to return to Detroit for a minimum of four years following graduation.
    • A commitment to become a mentor to later Doss scholarship recipients.
    Click here for more information

  7. H.T. Ewald Foundation Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: 2 to 18 per year
    Scholarship details: $500 to $3500 per year for 4 years
    Major requirements:
    • Graduating senior residing in metropolitan Detroit area
    • Financial need
    • Based on overall scholarship record (top half of class), character
    Click here for more information

  8. FIRST Scholarships
    Number of scholarships: varies
    Scholarship details: Scholarships are awarded to students planning to pursue science and technology degrees at 2 or 4 year universities. Details vary by university and program. Usually requires participation in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).
    Click here for more information.

  9. Foster care related grants
    Students in foster care on or after their 14th birthday or who were adopted from foster care on or after their 16th birthday may be eligible for an Education and Training Voucher of up to $5,000 to assist with college or vocational training expenses.
    Click here for more information, or contact Lutheran Social Services of Michigan at 877/660-6388.

  10. Ordonez Family Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: 1 per year
    Scholarship details: Up to $2500 per year, renewable
    Major requirements:
    • Attended a southwest Detroit high school for their entire secondary education
    Click here for more information

  11. Otis M. Smith Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: 4 per year
    Scholarship details: Up to $3000, nonrenewable
    Major requirements:
    • Single mother
    • Resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County
    • Attend or will attend Wayne State University, University of Michigan (any campus) or Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C.
    Click here for more information

  12. Rosa Parks Scholarship
    Program began in 1980
    Number of scholarships: 40 per year
    Scholarship details: $2000 per year
    Major requirements:
    • Be a senior attending a public or private Michigan High School
    • GPA of 2.5 or above
    • Complete an application form and essay
    Click here for more information

  13. State of Michigan Tuition Incentive Program
    Number of scholarships: unlimited
    Scholarship details: Scholarship is provided in two phases. Phase I provides tuition and mandatory fee charges for students enrolled in a participating associate degree or certificate program in Michigan. Phase II provides up to $2,000 in tuition for students enrolled in a 4-year program at a Michigan college or university.
    Major requirements:
    • Must have had Medicaid coverage for 24 months out of a 36-month consecutive period
    • The Michigan Department of Human Services identifies qualified students as early as 6th grade and notifies them of eligibility.
    • The FAFSA is encouraged but not necessary
    Click here for more information

  14. Steve Smith Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: 1 per year
    Scholarship details: Up to $10,000 per year for 4 years
    Major requirements:
    • Graduating senior from Detroit Pershing High School
    • Must attend Michigan State University
    Click here for more information

  15. The New Metropolitan Detroit Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club
    Number of scholarships: 2 per year
    Scholarship details: $1000 to an accredited college or university.
    Major requirements:
    • 3.0 GPA or above
    • Typed essay
    All applications should be submitted to Janet Jones by February 18, 2011 at newmetrobpw_collegefair@yahoo.com.

  16. United Negro College Fund
    Number of scholarships: unlimited
    Scholarship details: The UNCF is dedicated to promoting higher education for African American students, offering scholarships and internships at about 900 institutions. A variety of scholarships are listed on the website, each with its own criteria.
    Click here for more information.

  17. University of Michigan-Dearborn Opportunity Scholarship
    Number of Scholarships: 12 for full tuition, unlimited for partial tuition
    Scholarship details: partial tuition recipients-$2000 renewable for up to 4 years; full tuition scholarships also include select fees
    Major Requirements:
    • GPA of 3.0
    • Enrollment in a public or charter high school in school districts with an economic disadvantaged status
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Michigan residency
    Click here for more information

  18. Virgil K. Lobring Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: 1 per year
    Scholarship details: Up to $1500, not renewable
    Major requirements:
    • Graduating senior at Southwestern High School in Detroit
    • Show leadership and academic achievement
    • Demonstrate greatest improvement from freshman year, according to committee
    Click here for more information

  19. Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program
    Program has been running since 1986
    Scholarship details: students who show academic success in 8th grade are pre-selected in the 9th grade. Provides tuition for 32 credit hours for each of four years (eight semesters maximum). Scholarship recipients must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and winter semester of the four year award.
    Requirements for pre-selection:
    • 3.0 GPA or better at the middle school level
    • Completion of 6th, 7th and 8th grade in DPS Schools
    • Recommendation by middle school principal and counselor
    • Excellent reading and mathematics scores on the Metropolitan Achievement Test
    • Students and their parents must sign an agreement which states that they will meet the performance standards of the scholarship program delineated in the Student/Parent Contract.
    Requirements for scholarship:
    • 3.0 GPA or better at the high school level
    • 21 or higher on ACT
    • Admission to a Michigan public university 4-year college
    • Financial need is not a factor
    • Attendance at the Fall orientation for parents and students
    Click here for more information and forms (each university has its own website)

  20. Wayne County Vision Fund Scholarship
    Number of scholarships: 64 students received the scholarship in 2009
    Scholarship details: County Executive Robert Ficano provides $500 to seniors from high schools in Wayne County who will attend a 2- or 4-year college, university, or trade school.
    Major requirements:
    • Must be enrolled at a high school in Wayne County
    • Must have a 3.0 grade point average
    Students should contact their local high school principle to obtain the scholarship application.
    Click here for more information.