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The Detroit College Promise announces the launch of its

campaign to Enroll in DPS – Get a Scholarship!

16 August 2010


The Detroit College Promise has launched its first city-wide campaign for students to enroll in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to take advantage of the Detroit College Promise scholarship program.


All students who complete a simple one page application will be offered a scholarship upon graduation and their acceptance to a Michigan public college or university.  The only requirements are that the student must live in Detroit and graduate from a DPS high school.  To date, 4,300 students have signed up, making it one of the largest scholarship programs in Michigan.  High school students will be encouraged to enroll with the assistance of DPS staff and Detroit College Promise volunteers in schools and the community.  Social media and billboard advertising will also be used.  In the future, students will be required to enroll by December 1 of their 9th grade year, but this year, all high school students are eligible if they enroll by December 1, 2010.  Students can enroll as early as 6th grade.


Dr. Nat Pernick, founder and Executive Director, stated, "Based on the track record of the highly successful Kalamazoo Promise, we believe The Detroit College Promise will start to elevate the Detroit Public Schools to the greatness it had in the past.  We hope all Detroiters who value education and a strong City of Detroit will support our efforts."


The Detroit College Promise is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.  It began with a pilot program at Cody High School for the class of 2009.  For the class of 2010, graduates from Cass Tech, Central, Douglass, Pershing and Trombly high schools were added.   For the classes of 2011 and beyond, graduates from all DPS high schools who live in Detroit will be offered the scholarship.