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July 2011


This is our monthly general email about The Detroit College Promise. We offer financial incentives in the form of scholarships to all current Detroit Public School students to attend Michigan public colleges and universities. For the 2010-2011 college year (we were at only 6 high schools), we issued 33 scholarships. For the students who completed our paperwork, the average amount received for grants was $9,965 for those attending a university and $5,050 for those attending a community college; 64% had grants that paid 100% of their tuition.  We encourage K-9 students in DPS to sign up today (visit, then click on Student Login, then New student signup).   



hop For a CauseShop For A Cause Is Back!   

You can receive a special saving pass which gives up to 25% off* one item or 10% on electronics, furniture, mattresses, and rugs, at any Macy's store or online on August 27th 2011, just for donating $5.00 or more to The Detroit College Promise.  100% of your donation is used for scholarships for our students.  Of course, your donation is also tax deductible as allowed by law.
  Donate now by visiting our Contribute page at savings pass will be mailed to you separately. 


onationsGenerous Contributions Help In Expansion Of Our Program


Thanks to the following "Believers" who have made generous contributions, which will be used to increase the scholarship amount for the class of 2011, and will inspire the tens of thousands of future DPS graduates to be the best students they can be!


Lora Weingarden and Mike Pasick 


GCC Servicing Systems, Inc.


 IHC, Inc.



New Advisory Board Member

Thanks to Amy B. Colton, Ph.D., Executive Director, Learning Forward Michigan for agreeing to serve on our advisory board.


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Omnicare And Michigan First Credit Union Make Donations To Our Gift Packages

Thanks to Diane Byrd-Johnson, Manager, Government Programs Outreach, Omnicare Health Plan for donating 300 gift packages to give to our students attending college this fall as part of our gift package.

Thanks also to Sandra Tomlin, Vice President, Community Relations, Michigan First Credit Union, for donating 300 whistle/flashlight key chains and pens as part of our gift package. Other sponsors are listed on our Sponsors page.



iplomas now

New Detroit High School Is Holding An Open House

Diplomas Now Detroit is a new public college preparatory High School, that will open in Detroit in August of 2011. The school was made possible through a grant from Michigan Future, Inc. and is operated through a collaborative partnership with the Diplomas Now initiative and the Detroit Public Schools. They are seeking 150 9th graders who are interested in preparing for college and a successful future! They are holding an open house for all of those interested on Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 3pm - 5pm. The open house will be held in the Henry Ford Health Systems Building of City Year, 1 Ford Place

Detroit, MI 48202.  


Please RSVP by leaving a message in the DCPrep voicemail box. Phone: (313) 267-4066. For more information on the Diplomas Now Detroit High School, click here. To download an application click here


Lift Up The Youth Of Metro Detroit nterfaith


Join others in prayer and song at an exciting interfaith service on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Community. They are located at 13305 Grove Street (6 Mile Rd. and Schaefer) in Detroit. A potluck lunch and social hour will take place from 2:00 - 3:00pm. Worship service is from 3:00 - 4:00pm. Come meet and greet others and enjoy fun and food. Youth choirs and bands from all over the Metro Detroit area will be there.

For further information contact:
Rabbi Dorit Edut, 248-543-4255
Organized by DION (Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network)


rise Detroit LogoJoin Us For Arise Detroit's Neighborhoods Day! 


ARISE Detroit!  invites all Detroiters (inside and outside the city) to participate in the 5th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, Saturday August 6, 2011. Neighborhoods Day is unique because it is not an event held in just one place, like many downtown celebrations. Instead, it is held simultaneously; in neighborhoods all over the city on the same day. This day showcases what hundreds of community groups, block clubs, churches and businesses are doing to create a better community. The goal is to reconnect city residents with each other, learn about community programs and re-embrace the neighborly spirit that many of us grew up with years ago.  


The Detroit College Promise will have a booth at the Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ (R.O.S.) They will be holding their annual Back to School Rally. They will give away Backpacks and School Supplies (first 1,000 registered parents & youth), Food, Entertainment, Free Comprehensive Health Screenings from the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Tug-of-War-Detroit Fire Dept., Fill the Boot-Jerry's Kids, Community Resources, Pony Rides, Train Rides, Dunk Tank, Play Bouncers, & More! The location is at Belmont Shopping Center at Imperial Market (in the rear) and Butler Park at 8mile/Dequindre. For more information contact Mrs. Shirley Burch at 313-350-9622. If you'd like to volunteer at our booth, please email  





Seeking Volunteers July 23, 2011! 


We will be participating in the Community Resource Forum, "Bringing Resources To Your Community, You Have Questions... We Have Answers" event, on Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, at the Northwest Activities Center, located at 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235, on the southeast corner of Curtis. Community Resource Forum is a nonprofit, whose mission is to empower, stabilize and transform our communities by supplying resources that contribute to the resident's quality of life via education, finance, health, housing, jobs and public safety, thus enhancing community awareness and accessibility. The Community Resource Forum's targeted areas are the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. We will have a booth at the event and are seeking volunteers who would like to help pass out information to attendees.  If you are able to volunteer please email


ont stop believingDon't Stop Believing


Dr. Pernick stated: "I think most of us believe in encouraging students to do well, and that making misleading or false statements can discourage students. For that reason, I am particularly troubled by continued statements that only 16% of Michigan's high school graduates are college ready. This statistic is simply not accurate. See Letter from Berkley School Superintendent Michael V. Simeck, White Paper by Ernest A. Bauer, Ph.D. , Oakland Schools. Let us know what you think on our Facebook page or by emailing us.



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Contact Us:

The Detroit College Promise
30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Telephone: (248) 646-3269
Fax: (248) 646-3119