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Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars

  • Christa Hoen
  • Academic Program Coordinator

Program Description

Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars is a locally-run volunteer-driven scholarship organization dedicated to helping local students achieve the dream of higher education.

We are 1 of nearly 1,100 grassroots chapters throughout the nation helping students imagine and realize their full potential. Since our founding in 1995, we've awarded over 450 scholarships to local students!

Our mission is to help local students prepare for life after high school, through scholarships and academic support, to enable post-secondary success.

We are committed to:

-Offering students the tools necessary to reach their college and career goals.

-Raising awareness of the need for scholarships within the community.

-Increasing support from corporations, foundations and individuals within the community.

Success Stories

Albert Washington graduated from Ypsilanti Community High School in June 2013. Not only working hard in school to graduate within the top ten percent of his class, Albert was involved in Marching Band, Student Council, Men's Golf and the Algebra Project.

Although Albert worked hard and gave back to his community, he knew he would face a big struggle once he left high school. "I knew I had the grades and scores necessary to get into college, but my parents are disabled and did not have the finances to support me through school."

When the spring of Albert's senior year came around, he decided on attending the University of Toledo (UT). He chose UT because his father had received a kidney transplant from the hospital on campus a few years before. "When I stepped on campus, I felt like it was my second home." Albert knew right away that he had chosen the right school to fulfill his dreams of becoming a Mechanical Engineer Technologist.

At UT Albert is now involved in the National Society of Black Engineers, the Black Student Union and the Student Code of Conduct Committee. Additionally, Albert volunteers with the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS) chapter and with his former high school, helping students to prepare for life after high school. With DRDFS, Albert is also working to create an alumni network of past scholarship recipients.

"Dollars for Scholars gave me hope. I say hope because it showed me that hard work does pay off and that my community wanted me to be successful."

Albert says that without the Dollars for Scholars scholarship, he would not have been able to fulfill his dream of attending UT. Albert is on track to graduate in May 2017 with his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and plans to start his own business in the future.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 0%
  • White: 0%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 0%
  • Other: 0%
  • African American: 0%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 256
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk

First-Generation

  • Between 50% and 75%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • The University of Alabama
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Toledo
  • Western Michigan University