athologyOutlines / Detroit College Promise


January 2011


This is our monthly email providing important information for Detroit Public School students, parents, teachers and staff, and others interested in preparing Detroit students for college.  Please forward this email to your friends and social networks. We are happy to announce that we have signed up over 12,000-14,000 DPS students including over 4,000 Seniors.'s Time To Get Working On Your FASFA?

Seniors, it is time to start working on your FAFSA. Completion of the FAFSA form ( is required to receive money from our scholarship program. It should be completed online by February 28, if possible.  Some colleges award generous grants, but only if the FAFSA is completed on time.  After March 1, less scholarship money is available. Seniors should begin filling out the online form now to take advantage of the maximum amount of scholarship awards. It may take 2-3 hours to complete, and additional time may be needed to get the required documents.  More information about financial aid is available from the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association, and Edu-Guide (



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:

          Eastern Michigan University, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Sun. 2/13, 2pm-4pm

          Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills/Pontiac, Sun. 2/13, 2pm-4pm

          University of Michigan - Dearborn, Sun. 2/13, 2pm-4pm

          University of Michigan - Dearborn, Dearborn - Foster Youth, Sun. 2/20, 2pm-4pm

          Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan, Detroit, Sat. 2/12, 2pm-4pm

 To get more information, visit their website at


Award Amount To Be Announced in March

We plan to announce the scholarship award amount in March so stay tuned. Remember to be eligible to receive the award you must complete the Scholarship Acceptance Letter, send us the financial aid letter that you receive from the school you will be attending, and a school transcript showing that you graduated from a DPS School. We WILL send you an acknowledgment letter when we have received all of the required paperwork from you.


We Are Looking For More Stories About Your Schoolell us

We are looking for students to spread the word about good things that are happening at their school. If you are a student and have a positive story to share about a teacher, class, school activity, etc. write to us! You can email, 100-150 words on your good news story! We will publish your story in our general newsletter!
Calling All K-8 Students!


We are now beginning to focus on registering students in grades K-8 for our scholarship program. If you are a student or know students in these grades, tell them to register with us. We encourage you to sign up online by visiting our website and clicking on the Student Login button at the top of the page. Or, you can click here to fill out an application form, or pass it out to students you know! If you are a student in grades 9-12, we are sorry but the deadline has passed for you to be eligible to register.


alendarMark Your Calendar

  • The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) will be registering students in grades 4-12 for their Spring/Summer Program February 5th at Cobo Hall.  To find out more about the program click here.
  • The U.S. Department of Education's Voices in Action National Youth Summit will be held on February 26, 2011 in Washington DC. This event is designed to engage middle and high school students from across the nation in transforming our nations' schools, and to meet President Obama's challenge to lead the world in college completion by 2020. If your organization is interested in sending youth representatives or have any questions please contact Robert Gomez at



A Reminder About What Is Possible If You Work Hard


Students, it is a new year and you may find yourself struggling through some of your classes, or feeling it is impossible to raise your grades. If you need inspiration, check out the letter of encouragement we received from President Obama, (click here) and hopefully it will inspire you to work hard and achieve your dreams! 


Detroit College Promise Tip of the Month!

Do I need to Fill out the FASFA?

Yes. Completion of the FAFSA form ( is required to receive money from our scholarship program, because it allows us to stretch our scholarship dollars and help more students.  It should be completed online by February 28, if possible.  The 2011 form is available now online. It may take 2-3 hours to complete, and additional time may be needed to get the required documents so be prepared. 


ind us on Facebook   ollow us on Twitter


Contact Us:

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

Telephone: (248) 646-3269
Fax: (248) 646-3119