19 January 2010

This is our monthly email providing important information to Detroit Public School (DPS) high school students, parents, teachers and staff, 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 the adults they designate automatically receive this email.  Others who want to subscribe should email subscribeDCP@gmail.com, and put "subscribe to student email" in the subject line.

Coleman A. Young FoundationGraduation cap

Applications are being accepted until March 13, 2010 for the Coleman Young Foundation Scholar Program, which awards scholarships of up to $5,000 annually for a maximum of $20,000 over 4 or 5 years to eligible graduating high school seniors. Funds can be used for college related expenses including tuition, fees, room and board, books and transportation.

Click here for the application, or here to learn more about the program.

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Seniors - It's FAFSA Time

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important financial aid application.  It has been simplified and now requires less parental information.  However, it may still take a few hours to complete so start now.  This form needs to be completed every year that you are applying for aid, so current college students should also work on completing it.  FAFSA requires tax information for the prior year, which you may not have available.  You may want to estimate, and update the figures once your tax returns are completed.

It is recommended to finish FAFSA as soon as possible, because some aid dollars are handed out on a first come first serve basis.  The FAFSA website is at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.


College Goal Sunday is a great way to get free help completing the FAFSA.  There will be financial aid professionals on-site that you can talk to about resources and how to apply, and you can also get information about student services and requirements for college admission.  The closest Detroit-area locations and times are:

          Boll Family YMCA, Detroit, Sun. 2/14, 1pm-4pm

          Eastern Michigan University, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Sun. 2/14, 1pm-4pm

          Kettering University, Flint, Sun. 2/14, 1pm-4pm

          Lawrence Tech, Southfield, Sun. 2/14, 1pm-4pm

          Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills/Pontiac, Sun. 2/14, 1pm-4pm

          Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Sun. 2/14, 1pm-4pm

          University of Michigan - Dearborn, Sun. 2/14, 1pm-4pm

          University of Michigan - Dearborn, Dearborn - Foster Youth, Sun. 2/21, 2pm-4pm

          Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan, Detroit, Sat. 2/13, 1pm-4pm

 To get more information, visit their website at http://www.collegegoalsundayusa.org/.


Let's Increase Scholarships!Increase

Next year, we are offering about 400 scholarships at all 43 DPS high schools, with a minimum of 2 per high school.  Can you help us increase the number of scholarships at your DPS high school?  There are two ways to do this.  First, get other students, grades 9-12 to register for our scholarship.  Registration takes about 2 minutes - just visit www.DetroitCollegePromise.org, click on the Student Login button, and follow the prompts. Detailed instructions are at http://www.detroitcollegepromise.com/FlyerHowToEnroll.pdfThe number of scholarships offered and students registered at each high school are listed on our News page, or by clicking here.  If we get a high percentage of students to register at your school, we will add more scholarships.

The second way to increase the number of scholarships is help raise money for scholarships at your school, by making a contribution of $5 or more or having a fundraiser.  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so contributions are tax deductible.  You can ask people to contribute online by visiting our Contribute page.  This page also has instructions on mailing a check.  Donors should write the name of your High School on the check or in a separate email, so your High School gets credit for the donation.  We will add one new scholarship of $500 for the next year for every $500 raised.  Contributions of all sizes are helpful.

Contact us

● Please contact us with any comments or suggestions at 248/646-3269 or fax: 248/646-3119.
● To volunteer to help, call Joy at 248/646-3269.


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