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 will support students at University of Michigan, Michigan State University and a number of other public Michigan universities enrolled in four year degree programs. This pilot program will continue next year as well.
(2) Coaching and Support for 250+ community college attendees
This year, Detroit Promise Path will offer additional coaching and supports to roughly half of the 540 scholarship recipients attending two-year programs at participating community colleges. More than 250 community college students will be enrolled in the program to see if these supportive efforts will improve their chances of graduating. Similar model programs have demonstrated positive results in both student retention and graduation in other regions of the United States.
If successful, MEEF will work to expand both of these initiatives to benefit Detroit high school graduates in the future under the Detroit Promise program.
See “Program gives Detroit students path to 4-year colleges,” by Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News, September 25, 2016.
For more information and to apply to Detroit Promise, visit http://www.detroitchamber.com/econdev/education-and-talent/detroit-promise/