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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Gives Promise to Detroit Youth

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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).

WKKF announcement

Sandy Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, introduces Kellogg Foundation Vice President Joe Scantlebury with Governor Rick Snyder, Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Promise Path college coach Ashley Robinson, and Oakland Community College student Johnathan Land.

A coalition that included Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan gathered to recognize the leadership of the WWKF in funding Detroit Promise, a program that provides tuition and services to thousands of Detroit high school graduates as they pursue a college education.

These funds will help shepherd the program through a critical time of transition and development when the 2-year and 4-year scholarship program seeks to meet anticipated growth in demand and become over time self sustaining. It also will support efforts to enhance retention rates through, Detroit Promise Path, a college coaching effort focused on community college freshmen.

Detroit Promise has helped more than 2,200 students attend college since it was first developed under the leadership of Governor Rick Snyder and administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation.

Support from WKKF will ensure that the scholarship and supportive programs are fully developed and available to Detroit youth as public funding becomes available during the next couple of years under the Detroit Promise Zone, a tax capture program initiated by Mayor Mike Duggan.

Please contact MEEF if you are interested in donating to this effort.

Students have until June 30 to apply for the promise for the fall 2017 semester.  Students can apply at

See the following coverage:

$3.5M grant to fund Detroit Promise college scholarships, Detroit Free Press, May 1, 2017

Kellogg donates $3.5M to Detroit Promise college grant, The Detroit News, May 1, 2017

Multi-million dollar grant to support “Detroit Promise”, Dave Lewallen, Action 7 News, May 1, 2017.

Kellogg Foundation donates $3.5 million to Detroit Promise scholarship program, Crain’s Detroit Business, May 1, 2017‎

Foundation giving $3.5 million to scholarship program, Associated Press, May 1, 2017 and reprinted in: U.S. News and World Report,, and WWMT.

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