The Detroit College Promise is hosting a reception

on Thursday, July 28, 2011 for

its 115 recipients for the 2011-2012 college year


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



27 July 2011


The Detroit College Promise, a tax exempt nonprofit based on the Kalamazoo Promise, is hosting a reception for this year’s Detroit College Promise scholars on Thursday, July 28, 2011, at Renaissance High School, 6565 West Outer Drive, Detroit from noon to 2:00 pm in the cafeteria.


These students represent 19 DPS high schools, and are attending 27 institutions of higher learning, the most frequent being Michigan State University: 29, Wayne State University: 16, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor-14, Western Michigan University-9, Oakland University-7, Grand Valley State Universtiy-7 and Eastern Michigan University-6.


All 115 students will receive a gift package with donated items from various sponsors.  Students attending a Michigan public college or university on a full time basis will also receive a one-time scholarship of $100 or $500, sent directly to the institution.  The $100 scholarship, also called a “book award.” is for students whose financial aid related grants pay 100% of their tuition.


The Detroit College Promise also assists students in applying for financial aid and in learning about other grants.  Overall, these 115 students will receive $1.1 million in grants for the 2011-2012 college year.


“We are excited about the expansion of our program from 44 students last year to 115 students this year, and anticipate increasing the number of scholarship recipients next year,” announced Nat Pernick, M.D., Executive Director.  “We hope to also annually increase the scholarship award, beginning with $1,000 next year ($500 per year for 2 years), until it reaches $10,000 ($2500 per year for 4 years) beginning with the class of 2015.”


The Detroit College Promise’s mission 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.  Students entering kindergarten through grade 9 at any DPS school can register online by visiting 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 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