The Detroit College Promise announces its scholarship recipients for the 2010-2011 college year
Contact: Nat Pernick, M.D., office: 248/646-3269
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.