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21 September 2009


This is our monthly email about The Detroit College Promise. We plan to eventually offer scholarships for up to four years of undergraduate tuition to all Detroit Public School graduates who attend Michigan public colleges and universities and fill out the FAFSA financial aid form.


Fun Run on the Riverwalk - Register Now!

Please join us for The Detroit College Promise 5K Run/Walk, to be held on Saturday, October 10 at 9:00 am.  There will be a non-competitive walk and a timed 5K run, both on the beautiful new RiverWalk developed by The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.  This event is organized by Chris Ogden, the organizer for Livonia’s “Run Drugs Out of Town” and other runs.  Registration until October 1 is only $15 for students/seniors and $20 for adults.  After October 1, the cost is $20 for students/seniors and $25 for adults. The registration fee includes a Tshirt, event entry, food and entertainment.  Click on http://www.justsayrun.com to register online or here for an entry form.


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Meet Ethan Terrell, Cody’s 2009 Valedictorian

Ethan grew up in Detroit as one of six children. In middle school, he became involved in basketball, where his gym teacher, Mr. MacBeth, got him interested in working at the Dearborn County Club as a caddie. “Working at the Country Club allowed me to get to know people who can help me with advice and networking,” said Ethan.




When he entered Cody, Ethan put his networking skills to work and was elected President of student government.  He was also a member of Michigan Youth in Government, a YMCA program that allows students to act as state legislators, lobbyists and lawyers. He also was a member of the Urban Education Reform Institute, which advocates improvement in urban schools.  Other activities include the DPS Student Panel and being Varsity Captain of the Golf team. 


Ethan now attends the University of Michigan-Dearborn, thanks in part to assistance from The Detroit College Promise.  He is pursuing a degree in Computer Science, and hopes to develop his own online games and PC based software.


Ethan’s advice to other students: “Don’t let others stop you from pursing your ultimate goals and aspirations. Only one person controls your destiny, and that's you. Your education is beyond serious; it’s your life, so be responsible and prepare yourself for a better, brighter and rewarding future.”


Office Depot donations helps motivate students

Last year, our scholarship program helped improve ACT scores for Cody students (see July newsletter).  This year, we are offering an additional incentive - $25 gift cards from Office Depot to students at Cody and Douglass who get a 21 or higher on the ACT.  Contact us to explore what you, your business or organization can do to help motivate Detroit Public School students to do well in school and go to college.


Miscellaneous Happenings


Crain’s Detroit Business published an article about our program changes for Fall 2009 (click here).


● To promote reading by Detroit students, our Books page (click here) now lists books recommended by the American Library Association for young adults.


● Last month, we made a presentation to the Kiwanis Detroit #1 Club at the Detroit Athletic Club, Beverly Wiggins, President. 



They agreed to act as mentors for one of our students, and had several ideas about working together.  Contact us to arrange for us to speak to your group.


We have updated our Links page to include information for the various Cody High School programs and Trombly High School.


● Prior 2009 newsletters: Jul 2009   Apr 2009   Mar 2009   Feb 2009   Jan 2009      


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● Please contact us with any comments, suggestions or to volunteer. 


● To contribute at any time, click on the Contribute button on our website, or click here.


● To volunteer for any of our activities, call Joy at 248/646-3269.


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