News/Media

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Gives Promise to Detroit Youth

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Gives Promise to Detroit Youth

May 2, 2017

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) will provide $3.5 million over the next three years to help ensure that Detroit youth have the opportunity to pursue a college education and prepare for 21st century careers. This grant gives a significant boost to the $30 million campaign led by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF). A coalition…

Detroit Promise Expansion Featured in News

Detroit Promise Expansion Featured in News

November 30, 2016

Governor Snyder, Mayor Duggan and others recently shared the accomplishments of the Detroit Promise with broad coverage by the Michigan media, see links below. Detroit is the largest U.S. city to provide all of its students a chance to earn a college degree tuition-free. More than 700 students 2016 high school graduates are taking advantage…

Over 830 Detroit youth attend college tuition free

Over 830 Detroit youth attend college tuition free

September 26, 2016

The Detroit News featured the MEEF supported Detroit Promise program in a recent article noting that 833 Detroit high school graduates received scholarships for a tuition free path to college. The article explored two important new initiatives for the 2016-2017 school year: (1) Four-year tuition free paths for 293 Detroit high school graduates For the first time….

Detroit Promise Welcomes 715 Scholarship Students

Detroit Promise Welcomes 715 Scholarship Students

August 15, 2016

Over a hundred college bound students were welcomed on August 11 in a celebration as they prepare to attend college with support from the Detroit Promise scholarship, a key program supported by MEEF. The program, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, guarantees a tuition-free path to a participating college or university to qualifying Detroit high…

MEEF Supported Detroit Promise, An Impactful Program

MEEF Supported Detroit Promise, An Impactful Program

June 29, 2016

According to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the MEEF supported program is one of the top ways the city is helping its youth secure a better future: “There is no greater gateway to success than education. Perhaps the most impactful program we have initiated is the Detroit Promise, which provides two years of tuition-free college for…

Detroit Promise Featured by White House

Detroit Promise Featured by White House

May 12, 2016

The MEEF supported Detroit Promise was featured in a recent White House factsheet. The Detroit scholarship program was featured as one of 27 communities that has committed to making tuition-free community college education available to resident students this past year. “Every American, whether they’re young or just young at heart, should be able to earn the…

Detroit is making first two years of college free

Detroit is making first two years of college free

April 17, 2016

The Detroit Promise Scholarship was featured in a RYOT media video. RYOT wrote: “Two years of college education just became free for high school students in Detroit. The city has announced that high school graduates will be given two years of free college tuition at a community college to help aid students aspiring for a higher…

Detroit Promise will solidify MEEF scholarship program

March 23, 2016

Building on a MEEF supported scholarship program, Detroit establishes a Promise Zone to assure that every high school graduate from the city will be guaranteed two years of tuition-free college education. The Detroit Promise Zone Authority, established by Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit City Council, will set aside a portion of revenue growth from…

Fordham Institute Report on Education Reform Includes EAA

June 12, 2015

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute recently released a report that focuses on a number of school reform districts across the nation, including the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA). ‘Redefining the School District in America’ offers a status update of EAA’s progress since it experienced a change in leadership with the appointment of Veronica Conforme…

First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Detroit’s First College Signing Day

May 1, 2015

When first lady Michelle Obama became a freshmen at Princeton University in New Jersey, the Chicago native couldn’t figure out what classes to take or which building they were in. She was overwhelmed and lonely. But she took a few deep breaths and made a plan. Obama found an adviser, made lifelong friends at the…