The Detroit College Promise receives a $5,000 grant

from the Gannett Foundation and the Detroit Free Press


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



9 June 2011

The Gannett Foundation and the Detroit Free Press have awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Detroit College Promise to fund its scholarships for Detroit Public School graduates attending college this fall.


“This grant is particularly appreciated this year, as we have expanded the program district-wide, and anticipate awarding 300 scholarships, as compared to 33 last year,” stated Dr. Nat Pernick, Executive Director.  “These scholarships not only assist these deserving graduates, but also inspire the thousands of Detroit Public School students who have signed up for our program and pledged to be the best student they can be.”


The Detroit College Promise is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization modeled on the Kalamazoo Promise.  Its goal is to strengthen the Detroit Public Schools 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 17,000 students have registered for the scholarships.  Current K-8 students in any DPS school can register online by visiting and clicking on the Student Login button.  Registration takes only 1-2 minutes. 


The scholarship award for the 2010-2011 college year was up to $500 for one year (four years for Cody students).  The Detroit College Promise hopes to increase this award to up to $2,500 per year for 4 years ($10,000 total) for the class of 2015 and beyond.  For the class of 2011, the maximum award has yet to be determined.


Parents, students or those interested can contact The Detroit College Promise at 248/646-3269 or visit



Nat Pernick, M.D.
Executive Director
The Detroit College Promise
30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 408
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Telephone: 248/646-3269
Fax: 248/646-3119