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June 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 17,000 DPS students, including over 4,000 seniors. For the class of 2011, we surpassed even our optimistic goals, and have 3,800 students eligible for scholarships.   



Get Your Paperwork In! 


Just because it is summer, you cannot forget to get all of your paperwork in to receive a scholarship! The first step is to complete the FAFSA. Once you have completed the FAFSA form, we need the following from you in order to receive a scholarship.


The Detroit College Promise Acceptance Form 

When you have decided on what college or university to attend, complete the Detroit College Promise scholarship acceptance form (click here), and mail, fax or email both the scholarship acceptance form AND the financial aid package from the college you will be attending to us. We also need a recent transcript showing that you are attending a DPS school. 


Your financial aid package letter 

Once you have been accepted by a college, they will send you a financial aid package which indicates what grants you will receive.  You need to send this information to us.  Our fax # is 248-646-3119, you can mail it to us at the address below, or you can email it to us at




Be An Explorer This Summer! 


US Customs and Border Control Open House for Law Enforcement Explorer Opportunities  


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Law Enforcement Explorer post #306 is currently actively recruiting students between the age of 14 and 20 to participate in the Detroit CBP Explorer post.  The post is a year round mentoring program, which offers opportunities in character building, good citizenship, and fitness for young men and women. CBP has Law Enforcement Explorer Posts both at ports of entry and at Border Patrol sectors, which provide Explorers with practical training and hands-on experience in Federal law enforcement-related activities.  


CBP will be holding their Open House on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Dauch Scouting Center located at 1776 W. Warren Avenue; Detroit, Michigan 48201. If you have any questions about the CBP Explorer Program, please contact the post at 313-355-4227.


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Neighborhoods Day 2011 Is Coming!


ARISE Detroit! invites all Detroiters (inside and outside the city) to participate in the fifth annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, Saturday Aug. 6, 2011.

 Neighborhoods Day is unique because it is not an event held in just one place, like many downtown celebrations. Instead, it is held simultaneously in neighborhoods all over the city on the same day. They hope you will plan an event in your neighborhood and be a part of this day. This day showcases what hundreds of community groups, block clubs, churches and businesses are doing to create a better community such as neighborhood cleanups, building new housing, health fairs, community parades, literacy events and back to school fairs.


The goal is to reconnect city residents with each other, learn about community programs and re-embrace the neighborly spirit that many of us grew up with years ago. To see a map of Neighborhoods Day activities, click here.



NCF UNCF Walk For Education


This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the UNCF Walk for Education. This year they are moving the walk back to Detroit's Belle Isle. Come and join them on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the Belle Isle Casino and walk to help kids get to and through college. The UNCF Walk for Education is a broad-based community fund raising event in which you can recruit individuals, family members, friends and co-workers to participate in this non-competitive race. The only competition is for the prizes, which go to a team and/or individuals based upon the amount of funds raised. Thank you gifts are available to all registered walkers who raise $25.00 or more. Click here for more information.  




K-9 Students, Make Sure You Are Registered And Help Push Your School To The Top Of The List 

With summer upon us the race is on to see what school will get the most registrations in. Our goal is to register all DPS K-9 students.  Students can sign up online by visiting, then click on Student Login in the upper right hand corner, then click on New Student Signup towards the bottom, then fill in the form, then click Save.  Students can also complete our one page application at  If you don't have an email address, simply enter "none." You can create a user ID by using your first and last name.  


We have now signed up over 4500 K-8 students.  The totals for schools that have registered at least 50 students as of 6/27/2011 are:

Durfee Elementary School


DSA-Duke Ellington


Earhart Middle School


Pulaski Elementary School


King, John R.


Dixon Elementary School


Carver Elementary School


White Elementary School


Greenfield Union


Bates Academy


Garvey Academy


MacDowell Elementary School


Ann Arbor Trail


Foreign Language Immersion


Beckham, William J. Academy


Schulze Elementary School


Maybury Elementary School


Dossin Elementary School


Ludington Magnet Middle School


Sampson Academy



ayne stateNeed Help Finding A Career, Grant Money Or School?


The TRIO-Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) provides free academic, vocational, career and financial aid information to first generation college students wishing to pursue a program of post-secondary education. The TRIO-Educational Opportunity Center is a community-based program with support from secondary, postsecondary, community and government agencies. The project services 1,000 adult clients annually from our campus office and various community site offices in the target area.


The EOC provides the following services:

  • Academic advice and assistance in course selection
  • Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations
  • Guidance on re-entering high school, or entering a GED program
  • Personal counseling and referrals
  • Career assessment, exploration, counseling and workshops
  • Opportunities to participate in a computer course on the main campus
  • Campus tours and special activities

Contact Mr. DeVitto, counselor with the EOC at Wayne State, for an appointment at 313-577-7754. (they do not recruit for any school)


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Summer Programs For Kids

is a program of the cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan. It connects educators and families to hundreds of educational programs in the region. It is designed to serve educators looking for field trips or professional development; parents desiring a great family experience and arts programs; and community groups seeking unique experiences.  With summer upon us, we encourage you to check out many of the summer programs that are available throughout the area. Click here to view a list of all of the summer programs!



Free Summer Meals For Kids 


Starting June 22nd, students will be able to receive breakfast and lunch at school for the summer. You do not have to be enrolled in summer school to receive meals. For more information about a school near you that is participating call 211, or 800-552-1183.

Health Care Professionals

Are you interested in how our community retains and recruits health care professionals, and how our youth can be better prepared to enter this profession?  If so, attend a meeting from AHEC (Michigan Area Health Education Center, a program of Wayne State University) at the DPS Welcome Center on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 9:00am for a community conversation.  Please call 313/871-3751 (Mia Puryear) for more information.


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We Want To Hear From You!

If you support The Detroit College Promise, tell us why!  If you have a story about how it has helped you or someone you know, that's even better!  We will post some of the correspondence in our next newsletter and in our literature (with or without your name, your choice), and send the writer of our favorite letter, as judged by our staff, a $25 CVS gift card. Email your stories to  

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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