15 December 2009

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

Students who register for The Detroit College Promise scholarship, and adults they designate, automatically receive this email.  Others who want to subscribe should email subscribeDCP@gmail.com and indicate "subscribe to student newsletter".

Register Now

Registration Date Extended!

We urge all DPS high school students (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12) to register now for our scholarships.  Seniors should register before January 15, 2010 to be eligible for our scholarships.  Registration is simple - just visit our Home Page at www.DetroitCollegePromise.org, then click on the Student Login button in the upper right hand corner.  Registration takes only 2 minutes.  Detailed instructions are available by clicking here. 

We offer scholarships to almost all seniors at Cody and Douglass High Schools.  We now also offer two scholarships each at Cass Tech, Central, Pershing and Trombly High Schools.  Next year, we will offer at least 2 scholarships at each of the remaining DPS high schools, and we plan to offer scholarships to all DPS high school students as soon as possible.

Tell your DPS friends to register also, because we will offer more scholarships as more students register.  We also urge all students to keep their online information up to date, and to double check that the high school and graduation year are correct.

So far, the schools with the highest registrations are the Cody Schools, Cass Tech and Central.  Click here to see the latest figures.  These figures are also listed on our News page near the top.


Seniors, start filling out your FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important financial aid application. This application is required in order to receive the Detroit College Promise Scholarship.  You should start working on it NOW, and then start working on the online form when it becomes available on January 1, 2010.

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.

We strongly urge all students to get a head start on this form.

Other Detroit Based Scholarships

The Detroit College Promise website has a comprehensive list of all known college or university scholarships intended for or particularly well suited for City of Detroit residents entering a college or university.  It may be helpful to review the list and upcoming deadlines on the scholarships offered.  You can find the list by going to our website and clicking on Detroit Scholarships or by clicking here.

College Sophomore Internship

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is currently accepting applications for its summer leadership program in Washington, D.C.  Applications must be received by January 29, 2010.  The Institute provides America's best and brightest African American male college students with unparalleled networking opportunities, leadership development and life-long mentorship.  Program highlights include exposure to members of Congress and Supreme Court justices and rigorous academic seminars.  The program runs from June 5 to July 31, 2010, and students must commit to two summers.  Students work at paid internships based on their career interests, and housing is paid by the Institute.  You should be a college sophomore to apply.  More information is at www.i4rc.org.

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