October 2012


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.

Seniors, It's Time To Start Thinking Ahead!

In January, we will start sending seniors more information about the next steps they have to take in the scholarship process. Seniors must send us the following five forms: 

  • DPS transcript (need not be official); either grades 9-12 (complete) or grades 9-11 plus the first term of grade 12 plus a copy of your DPS diploma (after you graduate) 
  • A completed scholarship acceptance form (click here)
  • A financial aid award letter from the college / university they will be attending.
  • Legible copy of drivers license or state ID card with your mailing address
  • Digital photo (optional) sent to


For examples of what award letters look like click here, or here.
Time is Running Out For 9th Graders!   

Complete the online Detroit College Promise application form by clicking on the Student Login button on our website. This should be done by December 1, 2012 for all students in the 9th grade. Students in K-8 should complete the scholarship as soon as possible. Online applications are available

Students in the 9th grade who complete the application will receive a certificate in the Spring.




Additional Scholarship Resources 


Remember to check out our Detroit Scholarships Page listed on our website. This page lists college or university scholarships intended for Detroit residents. They may also be available to students living outside of Detroit. You can also consult your high school counselor or college financial aid office for other possibilities.




UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented By Wells Fargo Visits Detroit And Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

The UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo, a free traveling-college and career-readiness road show will hit Detroit's State University on Saturday, November 3rd. Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the UNCF Empower Me Tour was created in partnership with Wells Fargo to prepare students to go to and through college and inspire them to take control of their future by using education as the foundation for achieving their goals and dreams. This year's tour is hosted by Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Ledisi, actor Boris Kodjoe, actor and comedian Kim Coles, actor Lamman Rucker and activist Jeff Johnson. For more information, visit or contact Arnika Jackson at




Connect With Other Students 

It's My Life is where Michigan teens come together to talk about college, career and life after high school. You will find great information about how to prepare and pay for college. It also contains information about preparing for a career. Check out their website by clicking
here, or visit them on Facebook.



Financial Aid And College Experience Workshop!

The New Metropolitan Detroit Club and The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club Inc., invites you to come and learn how to prepare for college Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Scott Memorial United Methodist Church 15361 Plymouth Road, Detroit, MI. 

Who Should Attend? Parents/guardians and students in grades 8-12.

Why Should You Attend? Students will hear presentations about college from current students/recent graduates. It will be an opportunity to learn what college is all about! Parents will hear presentations from college financial aid representatives, including questions and answers about financial assistance, scholarships, college entrance information, high school preparation and required coursework.

To RSVP for workshop or for more information e-mail, or call Gloria Hill at 313-541-1726, Ruby Washington at 313-538-2575 or Sandra Coleman at 313-554-0969.



Contact Us:


The Detroit College Promise

30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408

Bingham Farms, MI 48025



Telephone: (248) 646-3269

Fax: (248) 646-3119