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29 December 2009


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


This is our monthly email about The Detroit College Promise. We plan to ultimately offer scholarships for up to four years of undergraduate tuition to all Detroit Public School graduates who attend Michigan public colleges and universities.


Additional Options to Support Students


Next year, we will offer at least two scholarships of $500 for one year at all DPS high schools.  We will increase the number of scholarships as funds are raised, until we can offer scholarships to all graduating seniors.  Donors can now designate their contributions to be applied to a new scholarship at a particular school.  You can designate the name of the DPS high school on the check or in an email.  To donate, either for a particular school or to the scholarships in general, please click here.  Your contribution helps motivate students to work harder to attend college, and is sent directly to Michigan public colleges and universities for tuition for the scholarship recipient.  We also require students to fill out the FAFSA financial aid form, and last year, we leveraged an incredible $40 in FAFSA related grants for each dollar we spent on scholarships.  For questions, please contact Dr. Pernick at 248/646-3269.


 Registration Deadline Extended


We have extended the registration deadline for our scholarship for seniors.  All Detroit Public School students, particularly seniors at Cody, Douglass, Cass Tech, Central, Pershing and Trombly (where we have scholarships this year) should register online for our scholarship by January 15, 2009.  To date, we have 747 registrants.  Since we will have scholarships at all DPS high schools next year, we recommend that all DPS students register, which only takes 1-2 minutes.  To register, visit, then click on the Student Login button on the right hand side.  Click here for more information.  Those who register will be sent our student and general newsletter.  The student newsletter has information about scholarships, financial aid and other college readiness activities (click here to view our December 2009 student newsletter).


Congratulations to the Cody High Schools


Congratulations to the Cody High Schools, who have registered 573 students for The Detroit College Promise, the most of any school (click here for the statistics).  The school with the highest percentage of registrants is Cody-DIT, one of Cody's 4 small schools, which has 90.9% registration.  Other schools with high numbers of registrants include Cass Tech (89) and Central (43).  Help us get all DPS students registered so they receive our student emails about scholarships, financial aid and other programs to help them prepare for college.




Recent media spots include:


22 Dec 09:  WDET's Detroit Today - link.


8 Dec 09:  WWJ's Making the Grade, with Greg Bowman - linkYahoo News link.


2 Dec 09:  Detroit Jewish News article - link


Thanks to Judge Wade McCree, Wayne County Circuit Court - Criminal Division, for meeting with us and endorsing our program.


We added a link to more resources for African-American based scholarships to the top of our Detroit Scholarships page. There is also a Detroit Community Scholarship Initiative list available.


Prior newsletters:



Nov2009  Sep2009   Jul2009   Apr2009   Mar2009   Feb2009   Jan2009      

Nov2008   Oct2008   Sep2008   Aug2008              


Student related:

Dec2009   Nov2009   Oct2009


 Contact us


● Please contact us with any comments or suggestions at 248/646-3269.

● To help fund our scholarships, click here or on the Contribute button on our website.

● To volunteer, call Joy at 248/646-3269.


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