The Detroit College Promise announces its scholarship recipients for the 2010-2011 college year

Contact: Nat Pernick, M.D., office: 248/646-3269

Email: NatPernick@Hotmail.com

Website: www.DetroitCollegePromise.org

9 May 2011

 

The Detroit College Promise is pleased to announce the names of the 33 recipients of its scholarships for the past year (2010-2011 college academic year):

 

Deonte Anderson, Cody '2010 - Henry Ford Community College

Delia Beverly, Cody '2010 - University of Michigan-Dearborn

Derek S. Blanton, Cody '2009 - Wayne State University

Sheree Braswell, Cass Tech '2010 - Wayne State University

Jerome Crum, Central '2010 - Wayne County Community College

 

Melanie Dial, Cass Tech '2010 - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Thomas Earl, Cass Tech '2010 - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Shirletta Fletcher, Cass Tech '2010 - Wayne State University

Yanique Foster, Cass Tech '2010 - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Lateika Gause, Cody '2010 - Saginaw Valley State University

 

Rolando Graham, Cody '2010 - Michigan State University

Jazmine Hardy, Cass Tech '2010 - Wayne State University

Chelsea Harper, Cass Tech '2010 - Western Michigan University

Brandon Johnson, Cody '2010 - Eastern Michigan University

Brittney Johnson, Cody '2010 - Eastern Michigan University

 

Denetria Jones, Central '2010 - Wayne State University

Shawn Jones, Central '2010 - Western Michigan University

Amonda Lester, Cody '2009 - Ferris State University

Adrienne Llanes, Cass Tech '2010 - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Angel McGhee, Cass Tech '2010 - Michigan State University

 

Jasmine McKinnon, Cody '2010 - Wayne County Community College

Christian McNairy, Cody '2010 - Wayne County Community College

Anjail Lynn Mohammed, Cass Tech '2010 - Western Michigan University

Tyrone Moody, Cody '2009 - Wayne State University

Courtney Morris, Cass Tech '2010 - Schoolcraft College

 

Jeneece T. Randle, Cody '2009 - University of Michigan-Flint

ShaQawana Smith, Pershing '2010 - Ferris State University

Munira Spiller, Cass Tech '2010 - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Nakeisha Waugh, Central '2010 - Grand Valley State University

Doniece Wilkins, Cody '2010 - University of Michigan-Dearborn

 

Jennifer Williamson, Cody '2010 - Eastern Michigan University

Amyra Woods, Cass Tech '2010 - Wayne State University

Latasha Wright, Pershing '2010 - Wayne State University

 

The scholarship is valid for 10 years from graduation. The only requirements are timely registration, residency in Detroit and enrollment in a Detroit Public Schools (DPS) high school. For the class of 2010, the program was offered at 6 DPS high schools (for the class of 2009, it was offered only at Cody High School). The number of scholarships awarded per school was: Cass Tech 13, Central 4, Cody 14 and Pershing 2. The students attended 13 different Michigan public colleges and universities, with the most frequent being Wayne State University 8 and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 5.

 

All students who completed the simple paperwork required for seniors also received a gift package of donated items and were invited to a pizza party at Gracie See in Detroit. Besides the 33 students listed above, another 11 students completed the paperwork, but were ineligible for a scholarship award because they attended an institution that was either private or out of state (7: Alabama A&M, Bowling Green, Lane, Marygrove, Moorehouse) or did not attend full time (4).

 

The Detroit College Promise provides information and assistance to students and parents about other scholarships and financial aid, both in its monthly newsletters, on its website, and with its office staff.

These 44 students who completed the Detroit College Promise paperwork received a total of $408,964 in grants, including the Detroit College Promise scholarship. The average grant amount received per student was $9,295, and varied from an average of $9,965 for those attending a university (38 students) to an average of $5,050 for those attending a community college (6 students). For 28 students (64%), their grants paid 100% of their tuition. The Detroit College Promise scholarship award for the 2010-2011 college academic year was up to $500 for one year (4 years for Cody students), and was $50 for students whose FAFSA (financial aid) related grants paid 100% of their tuition.

 

For the class of 2011, the Detroit College Promise is offering scholarships at all DPS high schools, and anticipates awarding scholarships to 300-500 students in the 2011-2012 college academic year. The total amount of grants from all sources for these students is projected to be $3 to $4 million.

 

The Detroit College Promise is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization modeled on the Kalamazoo Promise. Its goal is to restore the Detroit Public Schools to its era of greatness, and help repopulate Detroit by offering a financial incentive to students (in the form of a scholarship), just for living in Detroit and graduating from a DPS school. To date, over 16,000 students are registered for the scholarships, and additional K-8 students are currently being registered in DPS schools. Students can also register online by visiting www.DetroitCollegePromise.com, and clicking on the Student Login button. Registration takes only 1-2 minutes. Parents, students or those interested can contact The Detroit College Promise at 248/646-3269 with any questions.