Detroit Public School ninth grade students have only two weeks remaining to

register for the Detroit College Promise scholarship


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




16 November 2011


There are now only two weeks remaining for Detroit Public School students in grade 9 to register for The Detroit College Promise, which has a deadline of December 1 for these students.  To date, the Detroit College Promise has registered 3,000 ninth grade students, far surpassing last year's final total of 2,311 ninth grade students.  Parents and community organizations are urged to "spread the word" to all ninth grade DPS students to register.  Registration takes 1-2 minutes either online (visit, click on Student login, click on New Student, then fill in the form) or by completing a one page form (available at or online.   The forms are also available in Spanish and Arabic.


Later this year, ninth grade students who register will receive a Scholarship Certificate, acknowledging that they already have a scholarship.  These certificates also motivate students to stay in school and be the best student they can be.  Students who register will also receive letters of encouragement from President Obama and others, and an invitation to a college / career expo and reception planned in the spring.  Students who provide an email address for themselves or their parents will receive monthly email newsletters with information about financial aid, scholarships and educational programs by other community organizations.


The Detroit College Promise, the largest Promise program in the United States, is a tax-exempt nonprofit now in its fourth year of providing scholarships and educational assistance to Detroiters.  Its mission is to strengthen the Detroit Public Schools and help repopulate Detroit by offering a financial incentive to families, in the form of a scholarship, just for living in Detroit and graduating from a DPS school.  Last year, 161 DPS graduates from 19 DPS schools "claimed" scholarships totaling $46,000 from the Detroit College Promise, and $1.4 million in grants from all sources. To date, over 20,000 DPS students have registered, beginning in Kindergarten.


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



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