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Alma College to Join Detroit Promise Program

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Alma College to Join Detroit Promise Program

Posted on September 18, 2018

by Monica Levitan

Alma College has announced it will partner with the Detroit Promise program, an initiative which provides full-tuition scholarships to qualified Detroit students graduating from any high school in the City of Detroit.
This partnership marks the 19th four-year institution and 25th post-secondary partner to join the Detroit Promise.
“Alma has a history of supporting students from the Detroit area, such as with our Detroit Future Scholarship program, which has improved access to Alma College for many students from Detroit,” said Alma College president Dr. Jeff Abernathy. “Partnering with Detroit Promise further strengthens our commitment to those students.”

Scholarship recipients under the Detroit Promise will be given state and federal financial aid and have the opportunity to pursue an associate degree, technical certificate or bachelor’s degree at participating community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, The Morning Sun reported.

Detroit students must have the following qualifications in order to apply: earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA as of Feb. 15 of their senior year, attend a high school in Detroit for four years and graduate and receive at least a 21 on the ACT or at least 1060 on the SAT.

The College is allowed to award however many scholarships to eligible Detroit students as it sees fit, as a result of being an unlimited partner.

Detroit Promise Connects More than 600 Students with Tuition- Free College for 2018 School Year

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Detroit Promise Provides More Than 600 Students with Tuition-Free College for 2018 School Year
Posted on August 30, 2018

By: Michael Lewis II
“Would I have attended college if I didn’t have the Detroit Promise? Probably not.”
Those were the words of Eastern Michigan University sophomore Raynisha Pannell during the program’s fifth annual Summer Social event held at Focus: HOPE last week. Pannell is one of more than 600 new students who will participate in the Detroit Promise this year.
Since the Detroit Regional Chamber began administering the program in 2013, more than 2,700 students have attended a two-year or four-year college or university tuition-free.
“The Detroit Promise isn’t like other scholarships,” Pannell said. “Other scholarships don’t have someone to work with you to make sure everything is right or provide networking events. That’s what I appreciate the most.”
The Detroit Promise team has made it a mission to provide more than just last-dollar financial assistance.
“The idea behind the Summer Social is to be able to meet with all of the students at one time and review all of the things they need to know to successfully enter college,” said Greg Handel, vice president of education and talent for the Chamber. “It’s also a chance for students to connect with people from the schools they’re going to, both the higher education partners and students.”
This enhanced summer engagement is part of a multipronged strategy known as the Detroit Promise Path. The strategy was developed in collaboration with the national MDRC education research organization and is designed to increase students’ academic outcomes. Other components include campus coaches who help students navigate academic and personal issues; monthly financial support contingent on meeting with coaches; and student monitoring throughout the year.
Jewel Wilson joined the Detroit Promise team as a full-time campus coach in June and said her experience as an intern inspired her to work with the Chamber.
“Now that I have the role of a campus coach, I talk to the students in depth every day and you quickly learn about all of the little reasons college would otherwise not be possible. That is why we go beyond just giving out scholarships; we want to help fix students’ problems if we can,” she said. “After working with the students, I saw the importance of the Detroit Promise.”
Handel echoed Wilson’s sentiment.
“Making sure tuition and fees are paid is only the beginning for most kids, especially those who are first generation college-bound,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure every student is connected with a success coach to help them with anything they need administratively.”
As a first-generation student, Pannell recognizes just how important that work is for many Detroiters.
“The biggest gap between other resources like the Promise is the connection to the student,” she said. “Being able to talk to them and break down exactly what’s going on is important, because most of us simply don’t know what we don’t know. That is not something anyone else has given me.”

Michael Lewis II is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Detroit Regional Chamber.