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18 November 2009


This is our monthly email providing important information to Detroit Public School (DPS) high school students, parents, teachers and others concerned about preparing for college.  Please forward this email to your friends and social networks.


Students who register automatically receive this email.  Others should email subscribeDCP@gmail.com and indicate “subscribe to student newsletter”.



Time is Running Out - Register Now for the Detroit College Promise!

We urge all DPS high school students (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12) to register this week for our scholarships.  The deadline for seniors is December 1, 2009.  To register, visit our Home Page at http://www.DetroitCollegePromise.org, then click on the Student Login button on the right hand side.  It takes only 2 minutes.  Detailed instructions are available here.  We offer scholarships to almost all seniors at Cody and Douglass High Schools, and just added a limited number of scholarships at Cass Tech, Central, Pershing and Trombly.  We will add scholarships for the remaining DPS high schools over the next 1-2 years.  Tell your friends to register, because we will offer more scholarships if more students register.  We also urge all Cody graduates from the class of 2009 to register.  Our scholarship is good for up to 10 years from graduation, but you must register by December 1 of your senior year, and keep your online information up to date.



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Seniors, start filling out your FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important financial aid application.  You should start working on it NOW, even though the actual form is not available online until January 1. Before January 1, you should do the following:


1. Gather the documents you need, including your Social Security Number, driver’s license, income tax returns, bank statements, and investment records.

2. Print out a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, write in your answers and gather your parents' information.  Then, on January 1, you should transfer the data to FAFSA on the Web.

3. Plan how to sign your FAFSA.  You can sign electronically with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or by mailing in a signature page.  The PIN is recommended, because it is faster - apply for a PIN now!

4. Check your eligibility for federal student aid, and note important deadlines.




Be a City Hero

City Heroes is a Saturday program for 9th to 12th graders from the Metro Detroit area, which runs from December to May for 3-4 Saturdays each month.  City Heroes are engaged in an interactive curriculum and service projects that focus on social issues in the community.  Examples include learning about poverty from guest speakers, attending interactive workshops and serving meals at a shelter.  Students not only learn and give back to the community, but they also earn up to 100 community service hours.  Students must be committed to coming each Saturday.  Learn more and apply online at http://www.cityyear.org/dynamic_ektid2227.aspx.



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Prepare for the ACT

Your local Public Library, as well as your school library, has ACT prep material.  To find your local library click here.  Also, Office Depot is offering a $25 gift card to students at Cody and Douglass who get a 21 or higher on the ACT!



The Reggie McKenzie Foundation wants to help you succeed

This foundation, started by Detroit area professional football player Reggie McKenzie, offers an after school program for at-risk youth ages 8 to 18.  It prepares students to make life altering choices by utilizing critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills. The components include literacy, math, languages arts, employability skills, computers, recreation and life skills.  The Reggie McKenzie Foundation also offers a Saturday tutorial program where certified teachers and college students provide one-on-one and group instruction for K-12 students in reading, math, science, ACT and MEAP test preparation.  All services are free. For more information, call 313-869-8081.



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

Telephone: 248/646-3269; Fax: 248/646-3119