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December 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.


We are encouraging all students in grades K-8 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.




In The News

Dr. Pernick appeared on Steve Hood's TV show, "Detroit Wants 2 Know" on WADL-TV38 on December 7.

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lanWhat's Ahead In The New Year

  • The Detroit College Promise plans on hosting a College Expo in March
  • We plan to start speaking to K-8 students about registering now for The Detroit College Promise
  • We will be passing out certificates to 9th grade students who have registered for the scholarship 



On The Radio 

Greg Bowman of WWJ / CBS radio did an interview with Dr. Pernick about registering 9th grade students - link, PDF



estimonialsDetroit College Promise Testimonials!

"I support Detroit College Promise all the way! The program allows DPS students to have the opportunity to attend college. Detroit College Promise is giving high school students a reward of a lifetime. I am a student that is currently attending Crockett Technical High School for my senior year. Growing up in Detroit, I know how hard it can be to pay for school. That's why I believe that the Detroit College Promise is a great way to help students like me, make it to college. Keep up the good work guys. You are changing many lives out there."





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Show Of Support

Thanks to Nancy M. Schlichting, Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Health System, for writing us a letter of support - link.

We are looking for people in the community to write a letter of encouragement to students. It only takes 15 minutes of your time, and may make a difference in someone’s life. Click here for instructions.



Your Grocery Dollars Add Up!

We received our 2nd quarterly check from the Kroger Community Rewards program - thanks to all of those who have signed up. If you aren't signed up yet it's easy! Just click here. We truly appreciate the time you take to do this, as it is helping us pay for more scholarships!   


choolDPS To Keep Some Schools Open Over Holiday Break


Detroit Public Schools released a list of schools that will be open during the holiday break to offer additional academic instruction and free meals to students.


DPS will be opening the doors of some schools for six days after Christmas and after New Year's Day. Called the Holiday Learning Fest, the program targets identified students in academic need. Each student can also take home a free food basket.  


The schools will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on December 27-29 and January 3-5. They are:  


  • Bennett Elementary, 2111 Mullane
  • Beard Elementary, 840 Waterman
  • Beckham Academy, 9860 Park Drive
  • Bow Elementary-Middle, 19801 Prevost
  • Central High School, 2425 Tuxedo
  • Clemente Academy, 1551 Beard
  • Cody, 18445 Cathedral
  • Coleman A. Young Elementary, 15771 Hubbell
  • Communications and Media Arts High, 14771 Mansfield
  • Detroit City High, 13141 Rosa Parks
  • Detroit School of Arts West (DSA) Langston Hughes Campus, 19501 Berg
  • Dixon Educational Learning Academy, 8401 Trinity
  • Dossin Elementary-Middle, 16650 Glendale Street
  • Durfee Elementary-Middle, 2470 Collingwood St.
  • Harms Elementary, 2400 Central
  • Keidan Special Education Center, 4441 Collingwood
  • Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke
  • Northwestern High, 6050 Linwood
  • Osborn Evergreen Academy, 11600 E. 7 Mile
  • Phoenix Elementary, 7735 Lane Street
  • Priest Elementary-Middle, 7840 Wagner
  • Sampson Academy, 4700 Tireman


The district is also seeking additional volunteers to help with instruction and distributing food baskets. For more information call 313-873-7490.  




akeing a differenceParents Make A Difference


Thomas Friedman of the New York Times wrote an opinion piece on the importance of parents in their childrens' education, click here.




mazonAre You Shopping Online This Holiday?


Will you be doing your holiday shopping through Use this link to visit Amazon,, and will contribute 4-5% of your purchases to The Detroit College Promise, without costing you anything.   




Computer Classes For Adults


Adults can improve their computer skills at the Detroit Public Library today! Free computer classes are taught at the Main Library in the Technology, Literacy, & Career Center, and at all branch agencies. Click here for a description of classes taught. Click here for current classes available in December.



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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