PathologyOutlines / Detroit College Promise

January 2013


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.     

A Historic Conversation:
Re-education of America in the Age of Obama

Join us on Feb. 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. to witness a historic dialogue between America's foremost civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and one of America's most respected thought leaders on Jewish life, history and religion, Rabbi Daniel B. Syme. The conversation will be moderated by Bankole Thompson, Presidential Author and Senior Editor of The Michigan Chronicle, with all proceeds to benefit the Detroit College Promise and Rainbow Push-Citizen Education Fund.

Tickets are $25.00 each, or you may take part in the VIP Reception at 5:30 p.m. (including reserved seating) for $250.00. Purchase your tickets as soon as possible, as we expect a sell out, and seating is limited. Please make checks payable to the Detroit College Promise. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, please visit our website.

Attention All K-8 Grade Students!

The Detroit College Promise is now looking to register students grades K-8 for a guaranteed scholarship to a four-year public Michigan university. Parents are encouraged to register their students early.  Go here and then click on new student sign up to register.  Be sure to fill out all mandatory fields, click save, and then log out.

What Are The Next Steps For Seniors? 

This month we began visiting schools to go over the scholarship acceptance process. Between March 1, 2013 and July 1, 2013 (5 pm deadline) we will need the following five forms, but please send ALL completed forms TOGETHER and please do NOT send them in late (late forms WILL NOT be accepted!!!):

* DPS transcript (need not be official); either grades 9-12 Next Steps

  (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.  For an example of this form, click

  here or here. 

* Legible copy of drivers license or state ID card with your  

  mailing address.

* Digital photo (optional) sent to


Leaders Who Care: Save the Date

Save the date In partnership with Horizons-Upward Bound, the Detroit College Promise is offering an exciting opportunity for local youth to interact with leaders from the professions they wish to pursue. The event is free for students, and will take place at the Cranbrook Schools Performing Arts Center on May 4, 2013 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Look for additional information in our future newsletters!

Game Changers: Making a Difference

A wonderful opportunity is currently being offered by the Detroit Pistons! Game Changers is a Pistons community program that recognizes individuals of all ages who are "making a difference within their communities through service, leadership and volunteerism."

The Detroit College Promise has been asked to nominate one of our DCP scholars for the award.  Those chosen will receive a complimentary set of tickets to a Pistons game and will have a video made about themselves.

If you are in the class of 2009-2012, received a Detroit College Promise scholarship, and think you are a "Game Changer", please contact us at and tell us why.  Provide us with your name, high school, year of high school graduation, telephone number and email address, and tell us what you have done to make a difference.  We want to know what activities you have been involved in.

Scholarship & Award Opportunities 
  • Scholarships Click here for a list of 21 scholarship opportunities with February deadlines. 
  • Multicultural Leader Scholarship Competition at WMU's Kalamazoo Campus (Feb. 23) 
    • To qualify, students must attend select high schools and have a 3.0+ GPA and an 18+ ACT composite or 860+ SAT (math and critical reading)
    • Must apply and be admitted to the university by Feb. 8, 2013 to be considered
    • Students compete for MLS awards ($16,000 total; $4,000/year for four (4) years)
    • Students not awarded the MLS will be awarded the Diversity scholarship (a one-time $1,000 award)
    • To request additional information, contact Doreen M. Odom at
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
    • JRF Scholars receive $24,000 over four years to attend a four-year accredited college or university, plus access to mentoring, leadership development, internships, etc.
    • Online application deadline is February 15, 2013, 5:00 pm ET
    • For more information, view The Jackie Robinson Foundation website    
  • Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
    • Available to high school seniors and current undergraduates who will be attending a four-year college or university in 2013-2014
    • Aimed toward students studying engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry
    • Application deadline is February 28, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EST
    • For more information, view the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program website   
  • NFL Alumni-Detroit Chapter Scholarship
    • Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female student athlete who attend a high school within Wayne County, MI 
Summer Plans?

Recent high school graduates and current college and university undergraduates with interests in engineering and science have an opportunity to gain valuable experience in their field of interest through the U. S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center's (TARDEC's) Summer Hire Program. Student Trainees with TARDEC explore technology and build their skill sets in a professional working environment. Positions are full-time.

An announcement for this position will be posted from Feb. 4-6, 2013 at (When searching, choose Warren, MI as the location, 0899 as the job series and pay grade GS 02/04.)

FAFSA - The Time Is Now!

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.  The online form is now available. Visit

FAFSA Overview
FAFSA Overview


1. Gather the documents you need, including your Social Security Number, driver's license, income tax returns, bank statements, and investment records.


2. Sign in and fill out the online application.  Gather your parents' information as needed.


3. Plan how to sign your FAFSA.  You can sign electronically with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or by mailing a signature page.  


4. Check your eligibility for federal student aid, and note important deadlines.


Other Opportunities

Looking to complete federal and state tax returns? EduGuide is now offering families who earned less than $57,000 in 2012 an opportunity to file online for free. For those who qualify, visit to access trusted software from H&R Block to do EZ filings and itemized returns. H&R Block will also provide technical support to you and your family through an online chat or a toll free call. File your taxes early to make completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that much easier. For more information, click here


Contact Us:


The Detroit College Promise

30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408

Bingham Farms, MI 48025



Telephone: (248) 646-3269

Fax: (248) 646-3119