November 2011


This is our monthly general email about The Detroit College Promise. For the class of 2011, we have 161 graduates who "claimed" their scholarship.  We are awarding them $46,000 in our scholarships, and we helped them obtain $1.4 million in grants from all sources for their first year of college.


The deadline for registration for 9th graders is December 1st so encourage them to sign up today by visiting, then click on Student Login, then New Student signup.   



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Our Annual Fund Is Underway 

Please contribute to our annual drive! Your contribution also motivates younger students to stay in school and be the best student they can be, so they can get a scholarship when they graduate.

Every penny collected is sent to a Michigan public college or university on behalf of a Detroit Public School graduate.  Last year, our maximum award was $500.  This year, we hope to double the award to two years ($1000), and to have double the number of awardees. 

Your contribution to our Annual Drive supports these students, and makes Detroit a stronger city with a stronger education system.  Contributions of all levels are welcome.  Simply choose one of the following options:   

1. Click here to pay online

2. Click here to print our payment form, and mail in a check

3. Mail your payment to:

            The Detroit College Promise

30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408

Bingham Farms, MI 48025

4. Call us at 248/646-3269 with your credit card information or with any questions.


eam workWorking Together To Improve Detroit Schools 

Dr. Pernick authored an op-ed on the importance of parental involvement, which recently appeared in the Detroit Free Press, link, PDF. Let us know what you think.



estimonialsDetroit College Promise Testimonials!

"My name is DeVante' Rollins and I graduated from the Mumford High School and will be a freshman at the University of Michigan in the fall. With the increasing cost of college, it's great that the Detroit College Promise is working to relieve the financial burden of college and allow a student from Detroit, like myself, to continue to pursue my career goal. Thank you very much Detroit College Promise."





Thanks to Burton Leland, Wayne County Commissioner, District 7, for endorsing our program. Our endorsements are listed here.


egister TodayDo You Know Any K-9 Students?

The deadline to apply is fast approaching! Help DPS students take the first steps to college, by helping those in 9th grade to sign up by December 1, 2011. Just visit, then click on Student Login, then New Student signup.


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Thank You To The Following For Their Generous Contributions!   


Thanks to American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. and The Habitat Company of MI, LLC for their very generous contributions to fund scholarships for students living in Detroit Housing Commission properties, as part of the "100 Leaders who Cook" program.


pen houseGet On The Bus For WMU's 2011 Fall Open House For High School Seniors!  


Come and see why Western Michigan University is a top 100 best public university! Open House is a program designed for high school seniors and their families to get acquainted with all WMU has to offer; exceptional academic programs, university services, and student organizations. A free charter bus will be available for students. The charter bus will arrive at the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Rd., Detroit, MI (Curtis street side) and departs for WMU no later than 6:30 AM.  The bus will return to the Northwest Activities Center by 5 PM. In order to participate in this event you must do the following:


1.  Complete the permission form-parent signatures required, and fax it to 248-485-4504 attention Alvina Gipson, or mail to the Metro Detroit Office, 32820 Woodward, Royal Oak, MI 48073. 


2.  Go register online at


The registration deadline is Wednesday, November 23 or until the bus seats are filled! For additional questions call WMU's Office of Admissions at 269- 387-2000.




Save The Date

The 9th Annual Membership Breakfast is scheduled to take place at the beautiful Westin Book Cadillac in Downtown Detroit on Saturday, December 10th!  Members will come together to fellowship, enjoy a great meal, elect new Board members, and engage in a dialogue with the area's most influential education leaders. While the adults are getting a dose of inspiration, children will participate in fun activities including a special field trip for youth age 7 and older.  In order to attend you must have a membership that is valid through December 2012.  Membership costs just $5 and 5 volunteer hours, and must be renewed each year. Call 313-832-0617 if you have any questions.






College Jump Start Financial Aid And College Experience Fair

The New Metropolitan Detroit NANBPWC, Inc. will hold a college fair Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. The event will take place at the Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 15361 Plymouth Rd., Detroit, MI. There will be presentations from first year college students and soon to be graduates. College financial aid representatives will also be there to answer questions. NANBPWC scholarship applications will be available at the event. For more information contact Alicia Tremble at 313-717-7691 (cell) or Ruby Washington at 313-719-2662.


cience Netlnks 

Interesting Stuff 


Good internet resources about science for teachers, parents and kids can be hard to come by. To make it easier for people to find the information they need for school or for their own knowledge, the Verizon foundation has funded "Thinkfinity", a collection of websites that includes Science Netlinks.

This site, sponsored by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, provides lesson plans, activity ideas, and summaries of breaking discoveries in science and technology.


Science news is also available in a podcast form for people who would rather listen on the go.





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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