Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Impact Report

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IMPACT REPORT


A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Thank you for joining us in our 30 year journey of helping local students succeed in life after high school. The support of so many friends who share our passion is the difference between being able to serve ten students in one school in 1990 to serving hundreds of students across 13 schools today. With your help, we have shown students all across Southeast Michigan that their dream of attending college is attainable, while providing them with the resources to achieve it. There are more than 360 high school students enrolled in the Next Level Scholars program each year who count on your support; students like Erin H. who said “Dollars for Scholars has given me more opportunities than imaginable with networking, college visits, and much more. I can actually say that I am more than prepared for college.” And students just like Jackson L. who told us, “I truly believe that Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars eased me into the crazy college application process and helped me make the best possible decision when the time came. It’s nice to have an organization that cares so much about each member.” At Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS), when we think about impact, we think about Erin, Jackson, and the hundreds more students that we serve each year. We know that impact is personal to each and every student participant. That’s why it’s so important to us to consistently measure the performance of our program in order to improve the way we support students over time. By listening to student feedback and measuring the outcomes of SAT test prep, campus 2

visits, FAFSA workshops, and more, we are able to gauge effectiveness of our efforts. The key metrics you’ll see in this booklet show how your support enables DRDFS to advance this important mission throughout Southeast Michigan. Helping local students prepare for life after high school, through academic support and scholarships, to enable post-secondary success, is the mission that has driven our program forward for 30 years. Thanks to supporters like you, DRDFS continues to provide students with the tools and resources they need to succeed to and through college. We are thankful to have such a strong community of people who share our passion and remain committed to elevating students to their next level of education year after year. This community makes it possible to transform the lives of more than 360 local students per year. Thank you for your commitment to brightening the futures of these deserving scholars for years to come!

William C. Young Board of Directors, President

Christa M. Funk Executive Director


LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS William C. Young President

Frank Zolenski Vice President

Avery Heningburg

VP of High School Fundraising

Harold Dubrowsky Treasurer

John Camp Secretary

Dante Burchi Christa Funk Erick Hosner William Kingsley Hon. Kurtis T. Wilder (ret.) EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD Ron Acho Lawrence Angott Erica Battle Grant Beard Armando Cavazos Eugene Gargaro, Jr. Ryan Giacolone Leo Gonzalez Mary-Catherine Harrison Josie Hunwick Jeff Judge Bruce Kahn Michael Khoury Matthew Knezek Ann Kramer Doron Levin Brenda McKinney

Barbara Milbauer Amy Morgan William Morrow Stephen Nabors Michael Plotzke David Provost David Rutledge Caroline Sanders Thomas Schellenberg Todd Sinclair Paul W. Smith Peter Treboldi Amb. Ronald Weiser Judith Wollack Andy Zaleski DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS STAFF Marissa D’Angelo Next Level Scholars Program Manager

Christa Funk

Executive Director

Jill Marecki

Next Level Scholars Program Director

Lindsey Pavlov

Steve Bowers

Mason High School

Courtney Carroll

Clintondale High School

Abigail Carter

Detroit Cristo Rey High School

Batool Eid

Melvindale High School

Steve Emery

Madison High School

Erin Goodreau

Melvindale High School

Brandi Huff

Lincoln High School

Audrey Kary

Center Line High School

Matt Joseph

Henry Ford II High School

Scott LaRoy

Ida High School

Chris Leonard Ida High School

Sandra Lopez

Romulus High School

Kelli McCloud

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Communications and Development Manager

Jacob Mikula

Grace Verhines

Harold Taylor

Executive Assistant

Erin Vogel

Awards and Alumni Manager

NEXT LEVEL SCHOLARS PROGRAM ADVISERS Christina Belsky Berkley High School

Detroit Cristo Rey High School Ypsilanti Community High School

Hillary Tye

Berkley High School

Lisa Willerick

Romulus High School

Ditte Woodson

Detroit Cristo Rey High School

Kaitlin Benson

Madison High School

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PROGRAM IMPACT

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HELPING LOCAL STUDENTS PREPARE FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL 365 STUDENT PARTICIPANTS

13 HIGH SCHOOL PARTNERS: MACOMB COUNTY CENTER LINE CLINTONDALE HENRY FORD II STEVENSON

MONROE COUNTY IDA MASON

OAKLAND COUNTY BERKLEY MADISON

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DIFFERENT LANGUAGES SPOKEN

WAYNE COUNTY DETROIT CRISTO REY MELVINDALE ROMULUS

$33,185 IS THE AVERAGE ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS

74% OF HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS IN 2020 WILL BE THE FIRST GENERATION IN THEIR FAMILY TO ATTEND A POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION

AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE

WASHTENAW COUNTY LINCOLN YPSILANTI COMMUNITY

$33,185

$40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000

21%

SPEAK A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH AS THEIR PRIMARY LANGUAGE IN THE HOUSEHOLD

57.5%

OF PARTICIPANTS ARE STUDENTS OF COLOR

100% OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO A POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTION TARGETED SUPPORT TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THEIR NEXT LEVEL OF EDUCATION

2 SAT Prep Sessions

2 Etiquette & Leadership Sessions

8 Campus Visits

1 Post-Secondary Institution Reception

116 STUDENTS IN THE CLASS OF 2020 RECEIVED $500,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS 5


NEXT LEVEL SCHOLARS PROGRAM BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS & UNLOCKING OPPORTUNITIES: OUR SUCCESS MODEL

EXPLORE

INSPIRE Turn on the light bulb so students can begin to envision themselves belonging in postsecondary education.

POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS By stepping foot on campuses, students feel a sense of belonging in post-secondary education and are inspired to continue their journeys.

GAIN LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR SUCCESS By participating in specialized programming focused on

FILE THE

leadership skills, etiquette and networking, students gain the confidence to succeed in post-secondary education

FAFSA

and beyond. Not only are students academically and

98% of the Class of 2020 completed the FAFSA, unlocking more financial aid for post-secondary education.

financially prepared for post-secondary education, but socio-emotionally prepared as well.

STRENGTHEN FINANCIAL KNOWLEDGE

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Through extensive programming, students are informed & prepared for the financial commitment of post-secondary education and can weigh their options of not just a postsecondary institution’s academic fit, but its’ financial fit as well.

SUCCEED Empower students with confidence, self-advocacy and skills for postsecondary success.


The objective of the Next Level Scholars™ program is simple; to inspire and prepare students to succeed in life after high school. The three-tiered, holistic approach provides targeted resources, experiences and support for students at key intervals throughout high school as they navigate their path to post-secondary education. Our alumni are outpacing their peers in the areas of enrollment, persistence, and graduation.

BUILD A BEST MATCH & FIT POST-SECONDARY LIST Students understand available postsecondary education opportunities, boosting their application rates to more selective institutions.

PREPARE Break down the academic, social-emotional and financial barriers to access post-secondary education.

APPLY TO

MAKE THE

POST-SECONDARY

ACADEMIC CONNECTION

INSTITUTIONS Through college fairs, 1:1 advising and on-site admissions, 111 seniors submitted over 400 applications to post-secondary institutions in 2020.

Now that students have gained an understanding of the admissions process, they work hard to align their goals with their academic performance. SAT preparation provides students a chance to hone their test-taking skills and content knowledge. On average, students gain 104 points on their SAT after participating in the prep.

DECIDE

CELEBRATE

AND ENROLL

SUCCESS

Weighing options and making a decision is a big milestone for seniors. DRDFS advises students throughout the process to ensure they have a plan for post-secondary. Students announce their decision and commit to enrolling in their post-secondary institution each spring at Suited for Success.

Upon completing the program and graduating high school, each student receives a $4,000 scholarship to help ease the cost of higher education. But our support does not stop there. Students continue to receive additional support and resources as members of our alumni program to help ensure post-secondary success.

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ALUMNI At Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, we remain connected with our alumni throughout Southeast Michigan and beyond. DRDFS continues to be a valuable resource that alumni can count on for additional guidance along their paths. Once our seniors graduate, they head off to post-secondary institutions equipped with a network of over 700 program alumni just like them, to help offer support, insight, and friendship.

“Thinking back on my time with the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars program, I realized that I was prepared for higher education because I knew I was not alone on the journey of accomplishing my educational goals. Because of the entire DRDFS network, I had all the resources and encouragement I needed, so I had no excuse to give up. I remain grateful for the opportunity given to me and other students like me.”

Within 12 months of graduating from high school, 91% of our students enroll in post- secondary education, compared to the State of Michigan average of just 67%. DRDFS alumni go on to graduate with a post-secondary credential within six years at a rate of 76%, compared to the State of Michigan graduation rate of only 51%. Over the years, we have watched proudly as our alumni graduate from college with degrees in-hand, and step confidently into their careers. One alumna, Esther, has done just that, and we couldn’t be more proud to see her succeed.

In the Spring of 2019, Esther graduated from the University of Michigan - Flint with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and a minor in Public Health. Since fulfilling her dream of earning a college degree, Esther told us she’s ready to pursue her next goal. “Now that I’ve graduated college, I am certain that I want to pursue a master’s degree in Accelerated Nursing. While I am currently working as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), I need to be persistent and determined to achieve my career aspirations. I want to contribute to making the world a better place by also becoming a human-rights activist for children, women, and minorities.”

Looking back to her sophomore year of high school, Esther remembers, “I was elated when I first heard about DRDFS. I believe education is the key to success and I knew this program was the chance I needed to attend college. Going to college meant a lot to me.” In 2015, Esther graduated from Ypsilanti Community High School, with plans to continue her education at the University of Michigan - Flint as the first in her family to attend a post-secondary institution. She felt prepared and excited to fulfill her dream of attending college. Esther said that “DRDFS prepared me for life after high school by providing campus tours, volunteer opportunities, and prep activities that helped set me up for post-secondary success.” Throughout her time in college, she remained engaged with the DRDFS Alumni Network, attended volunteer days, and encouraged her fellow alumni. 8

Congratulations, Esther, on all that you have achieved thus far. We can’t wait to see what your future holds.

To learn more about Esther’s story, visit drdfs.org/esther, or scan the QR code.


CLASS OF 2020: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Air Force

Madonna University

Specs Howard School of Media Arts

Brown University

Marine Corps

Spelman College

Central Michigan University

MIAT

St. Clair County Community College

Chapman University

Michigan State University

University of California Riverside

Clark Atlanta University

Michigan Tech

University of Detroit Mercy

College for Creative Studies

Monroe County Community College

University of Michigan

Concordia University

Navy

University of Michigan Dearborn

Douglas J Aveda Institute

North Carolina A&T

University of Toledo

Eastern Michigan University

Oakland Community College

Washtenaw Community College

Electrician - IBEW Local 8

Oakland University

Wayne County Community College

Ferris State University

Ohio Technical College

Wayne State University

Finlandia University

Ohio Wesleyan

Grand Valley State University

Olivet College

Henry Ford College

Owens Community College

Lawrence Tech

Schoolcraft College

Macomb Community College

Siena Heights University

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post-secondary institutionts

branches of the military

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2019 EVENT RECAP UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN - CAMPUS VISIT On Thursday, September 26, 2019, juniors in the Next Level Scholars program visited the University of Michigan. DRDFS staff welcomed students back for the year and framed the theme of the day as “belonging in college.” Students heard an admissions presentation, went on a central campus walking tour, and ate lunch at the South Quad Dining Hall.

college application and financial aid process. Seniors had a busy day doing just that: · 61 students completed their FAFSA

· 69 students wrote DRDFS impact statements · 49 students received a total of 92 on-site admissions from 14 institutions at the college fair

We were joined by guests from various offices at U of M, including the Office of Financial Aid, School of Education, and the Center for Educational Outreach. Two DRDFS alumni at U of M also joined us to share their experiences on campus with the students.

In addition to our 112 seniors in attendance, we were joined by 18 parents, 2 Plastipak volunteers, 2 Detroit College Access Network volunteers, 2 University of Michigan Financial Aid Outreach volunteers, 8 volunteers from Walsh, EMU, and MCC for the writing workshop, 6 volunteers from Wells Fargo, and representatives from 21 colleges.

APPLY- FAFSA COMPLETION AND COLLEGE FAIR On Tuesday, October 29, 2020, seniors in the Next Level Scholars program came together for Apply at Walsh College. Apply is all about helping students navigate the 10

Students felt supported and were able to get so many of the challenging steps of applying for post-secondary education completed throughout the day.


OAKLAND UNIVERSITY- CAMPUS VISIT On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, juniors in the Next Level Scholars program visited Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Students heard an admissions presentation, went on a campus walking tour, and ate lunch in the Vandenberg Dining Hall. We were joined by several representatives of the OU President’s Office, helping us to build a strong partnership with key offices on campus. Additionally, alumni joined us for lunch and shared their experience at OU with current students.

ETIQUETTE WORKSHOP—NETWORKING AND LIFE SKILLS On December 12, 2019, seniors visited Laurel Manor Banquet Center in Livonia to learn networking and leadership skills from Jacqueline M. Baker, Founder and Principal Consultant at Scarlet Communications. Jacqueline did a wonderful job engaging the crowd. Not only did she teach formal dining etiquette, she also covered appropriate dress, networking tips/tricks and leadership lessons. Students felt more confident in dressing appropriately for an event, giving a proper handshake, and introducing themselves after the presentation. When asked what specific life skills they learned in the workshop, students shared reflections, including:

“I learned to become more confident in speaking to others and making connections. Skills like communicating through body language, eye contact, and proper handshakes.”

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PROJECT RUNWAY—DISCOVERING COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars welcomed 121 students from our newest Next Level Scholars sophomore class to their first official event, Project Runway, at Eastern Michigan University. Jill Marecki, Next Level Scholars Program Director, started the morning with an interactive DRDFS orientation and quiz. Students then heard from Jacqueline M. Baker on becoming a “Leader by Mistake” before going on a campus tour and scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt ended at The Commons where the students ate lunch before continuing their afternoon sessions. Students came back together at the Student Center to hear from EMU admissions, listen to an Alumni Student Panel, and speak with EMU’s President, Dr. James M. Smith. Before ending the day with a financial literacy presentation from GreenPath Financial Wellness, students took a break and participated in the 3rd Annual DRDFS Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament.

SAT PREP SESSIONS On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 115 juniors in the Next Level Scholars program met at Wayne County Community College in Taylor for 2.5 hours of SAT prep with The Princeton Review (TPR). Before studying, students started the day with setting goals for the SAT. The DRDFS team also led the juniors in a networking ice breaker activity to help them get to know students from other schools. As students participated in the prep session, The Princeton Review teachers passed out raffle tickets to encourage participation and engagement. We ended the day with lunch and admissions tour and presentation. Several students shared that they were feeling more confident and had a plan to continue practicing for the SAT on their own time.

Students had a great day on campus and left excited for their journey with Next Level Scholars over their next three years in the program.

“The SAT prep instructor was awesome and really helped me understand answering the questions in a different way.” – Aniya, Lincoln High School On Thursday, March 26, 2020 DRDFS and TPR hosted the second half of the SAT 101 Preparation sessions virtually. 97 students, advisers and DRDFS staff joined 4 online classroom to complete two and a half hours of SAT Preparation. Students found the SAT Preparation helpful even though it was in a different format than expected. Students participated in chat conversations about SAT problems, answered live polls as they worked through 12


problems independently and engaged with the teacher. For the approximately 20 students who had technical difficulties or other challenges that prevented them from attending the session, DRDFS staff scheduled 1:1 calls to follow up, get them logged in to the system and practicing for the exam. All juniors received follow up instructions regarding using the resources on the TPR portal and were offered 1:1 support if needed throughout the spring. SUITED FOR SUCCESS—AT HOME POST-SECONDARY DECISION CELEBRATION The heart of Suited for Success is celebrating seniors’ accomplishments in the Next Level Scholars program and recognizing their post-secondary decisions. While we couldn’t celebrate in person like we typically do, we pivoted and changed the celebration to an at-home experience!

NEXT LEVEL NEWS—A SHIFT TO VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING AND SUPPORT On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars sent out the first edition of Next Level News. This e-newsletter was created so we could continue to support our students during school closures with: · Virtual campus visit experiences

· Scholarship opportunities · Checklists to make sure they stay on track to college during the pandemic

· SAT prep resources · And more!

Each grade level received a customized e-newsletter every Tuesday until mid-June. Following the end of the school year, newsletters became bi-weekly for the summer months. Additionally, students were engaged through text messages, social media, surveys, and other check ins.

On April 27, 2020, we began mailing each senior a “Suited for Success Celebration Box” with items for them to celebrate at home, including their post-secondary t-shirt, their Scholarship Award Certificate, and more. Advisers submitted congratulatory videos along with well wishes from community members, families and other students. Scan the QR code to see all the excitement at Suited for Success!

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SPARK AWARD DETROIT REGIONAL DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS SPARK AWARD At Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, we strive to go above and beyond to support our students, and it’s important for us to recognize individuals who regularly go above and beyond. For this reason, we have assembled a strong Board of Directors and Executive Advisory Board by seeking members of the community who are most passionate about helping local students succeed. When our closest supporters demonstrate an effort to help our students in caring and innovating ways, we make sure to recognize them. The Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Spark Award is given to those who show this level of outstanding commitment. During the 2019-2020 school year, it became clear that two individuals deserved to be awarded for their generous efforts. We are proud to announce that the 2020 Spark Award recipients, David Provost and Ambassador Ronald Weiser, have gone above and beyond to positively impact the lives of our students. DAVID PROVOST David Provost, Chairman of TCF Bank, wanted to give back to local students by establishing a scholarship fund called the Provost Scholarship for Business. The Provost Scholarship for Business is a four-year, $40,000 scholarship that is open for application to all students in the Next Level Scholars program who are interested in pursuing a degree in business from Eastern Michigan 14

University (EMU). This scholarship goes a long way to break down the financial barrier to post-secondary education.

Since this scholarship was first established in 2019, it has been awarded to two students; Frank M., Class of 2019, and Huriel G., Class of 2020. In 2019, Frank said: “It’s simple. Without the scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to attend Eastern Michigan University, or any 4 year school for that matter.” The impact of David’s gift on the lives of students like Frank and Huriel is truly life changing, and puts them on a pathway to be able to positively impact others throughout their lives. Scan the QR code or visit drdfs.org/2020Provost to watch as Provost surprises Huriel with the scholarship award during a school assembly.


AMBASSADOR RONALD WEISER Long-time supporter and Executive Advisory Board member, Ambassador Ronald Weiser has continued to go above and beyond in his efforts to help local students succeed. Over the past few years, we have seen huge growth in our high school fundraising efforts, and this growth is directly tied to Amb. Weiser’s idea to provide matching funds for our high school partners. By matching each and every dollar raised from our high schools, student fundraising efforts have been amplified. This has helped involve more members of the communities that surround each of our partner schools. Ultimately, this support reinforces to our students that their community supports and believes in them. In just one year, the matching program helped our schools to double their funds raised, and has helped schools energize their efforts while connecting Dollars for Scholars to hundreds of new supporters. We are so appreciative and incredibly thankful for this innovative and strategic donation to grow our impact within the communities we serve. We are proud to work with Ambassador Weiser, who shares our passion to help local students succeed in life after high school.

The Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Spark Award was created in honor of a founding member, the late Florence Gasdick. Florence was known for using the analogy “igniting a spark into a flame” when talking about inspiring students to pursue post-secondary education.

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ADVISER SPOTLIGHT High School teachers and counselors are trusted to play an important role in the formative years of students’ lives. By working closely with students, they are positioned to influence the future in a positive way. We are proud to work with 18 of these dedicated teachers and counselors who have taken on the additional role of serving as their school’s Next Level Scholars Program Adviser. Our Advisers inspire students early on in their high school careers to take control of their futures. During each school year, Advisers help coordinate more than eight campus visits, two SAT prep sessions, etiquette and networking training, and other program tasks and requirements. Without so many individuals who are passionate about helping students succeed, our program wouldn’t have grown over the past 30 years into what it is today. When Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS) first began to expand into more schools across Southeast Michigan, we partnered with two high schools in the Utica School District; Henry Ford II High School in 2012, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in 2013. When adding these two new partner schools, our program gained two incredible Advisers. Kelli McCloud, a teacher from Stevenson, and Matt Joseph, a counselor from Henry Ford II, who have served as Advisers ever since.

Mrs. McCloud has been there & helped me though so much. Ever since I have been part of DRDFS she has pushed me to always do better. From making jokes to helping us with our life after high school. – Student, Adlai E. Stevenson High School

In the years leading up to 2019, when the academic support program was officially named the Next Level Scholars (NLS) program, Kelli and Matt saw the transformation firsthand. “When Ford II first got involved in DRDFS, it was just starting out,” Matt remembers, “All of our trips were to colleges or trade schools.” To add to 16


this perspective, Kelli shared that “It was much smaller and had more of the simple basics of what the program is today. The DRDFS team is larger now, which allows them to build more impactful relationships with the students.”

Thank you Mr. Joseph for the chance to be a part of this unique organization. You have always made the field trips fun and always tried to be there for all of us. Thank you for all that you do. – Student, Henry Ford II High School

After taking on new partner schools, DRDFS was able to implement more effective methods of providing support to our students. Matt went on to talk about how the program started to evolve. “We added on to the college visits with SAT prep workshops, Financial Aid presentations, College fairs, fundraising, and much more.” When Kelli looked back at this period of growth, she shared another important change, saying “field trips are always on weekdays during school hours, which has been a game changer for our students who are involved in other activities, along with our students who work and struggle with transportation.” They both agreed that, out of all the program events, the campus visits have the most profound impact on their students. “Being able to have lunch with the college students, listen to admissions presentations, and take a tour all go a long way in helping our kids shape their future,” Matt said. In many cases, these visits will be a determining factor in whether or not a particular school is

the right fit for a student. Part of the responsibilities DRDFS partner schools have is helping raise funds for programming like the campus visits, SAT prep, and other activities that Kelli and Matt mentioned. One unique advantage of sharing a school district like Utica is the ability to hold a joint fundraiser. “At first, Matt and I were struggling with good fundraising ideas. We eventually came up with the idea of having a Ford vs Stevenson Powderpuff Football game. Genius!!! The girls love it and we raise a lot on one night,” explained Kelli. Each school year, Kelli and Matt take turns planning the big rivalry game. Matt told us, “The event went really well the first year, and now it is an event that our students talk about as a highlight of their senior year. Recently, we have included the Juniors, so now two grade levels get to participate in the game. Working with Kelli is great and we have a lot of fun bantering back and forth after the game…. And for the record the [Henry Ford II] Falcons did come out on top last year.” We’re glad to see such a fun Powderpuff Football game take place each year for one common cause; helping local students succeed in life after high school. Kelli and Matt have both enjoyed their time helping students prepare to graduate high school and move on to their next levels of education. Combined, with the help of their fundraising dollars, DRDFS has been able to provide $412,000 in scholarship funds to 106 students at their schools alone since 2015. We look forward to working with them and all of our outstanding Advisers for years to come. 17


HONORS AWARD SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA HONORS AWARD

Members of the DRDFS staff and Board of Directors accepting the Scholarship America Honors Award

Every year, the nation’s largest scholarship provider, Scholarship America, hosts the Dreams to Success Partner Summit and Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. Scholarship providers from all over the country gather in the Capital City to network with and gain insight from industry leaders. In 2019, three best-in-class scholarship providers received honors for their commitment to students. Southeast Michigan’s leading private nonprofit scholarship program, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS), was awarded alongside two national organizations; the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Remarkable Futures Scholarship. One of over 400 chapters nationwide, DRDFS is the only Dollars for Scholars chapter to ever receive this honor from parent organization Scholarship America. 18

At Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, we are honored to receive this award after three decades of dedication to helping students prepare for life after high school. We hope the best practices we presented at the Partner Summit will influence programs across the country, and in turn, allow more students’ dreams to become a reality. - Christa Funk, Executive Director


DRDFS Alumni, Nina U., who graduated high school in 2015 and went on to attend Washtenaw Community College, attended the Partner Summit as well. Nina participated in an Alumni Panel Discussion alongside several Scholarship America Alumni from across the nation. She shared with the audience, and her fellow alumni, her unique experience with DRDFS and how it impacted her path to postsecondary education.

Executive Director Christa Funk, and past Board Chair of Scholarship America, the late Barry Griswell

Funk, along with Next Level Scholars Program Director, Jill Marecki, took the stage at the Dreams to Success Partner Summit and delivered an impactful presentation to a note-taking crowd of scholarship leaders. Funk and Marecki discussed the award-winning academic support program, Next Level Scholars, which sets DRDFS apart from other Dollars for Scholars organizations across the nation.

Nina’s story helped to highlight the success that students are experiencing after graduating from the Next Level Scholars program. College Access professionals from all over the country were able to learn more about why the program model is effective and achieves results. DRDFS will continue to provide tailored programming for students in the Next Level Scholars program and support for members of the alumni network to ensure post-secondary success.

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OUR SUPPORTERS Absopure

Dante Burchi

Victoria Demers

Eric Adelman

C.F. Burger Creamery

Detroit Christo Rey High School

Lawrence Angott

C.H. Robinson International

Diversified Chemical

Ann & Martin Welch Charitable Foundation

Trisha Caldwell

Doeren Mayhew

John Camp

Alex Domenucucci

Alan Canady

DTE Energy

John Carter

Harold Dubrowsky

Mara Casey

Matthew Evans

Center Line High School

Scott Evans

Centimark

F.P.S and Associates

Century Die

Factory Mutual Global

Chemical Bank

Filler Specialties

Chevron Phillips Chem Co LP

Lynette Findley

Chosid Management Company

Anthony Fischer

Classic Metal Finishing

Fish & Richardson

Clinsondale High School

Flagstar Bank

ColorMasters

Samuel Fogleman

Craft Baressi

Fort Dearborn Company

Kenneth Cucchi

Frank Pollock

Todd Bishop

Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho

Linda Friedland

Amanda Blanchette

Robert Cunningham

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

DAK Americas LLC

Steve Bowers

Laura Daly

Ashley Boyer

Arnold D’Ambrosio

Laura Breiding

Richard Darr

Ty Bronson

Maggie Davidson

Anserteam Aqua Reality Holdings Arrowhead Systems Tiffany Baldridge Robert Ballard Bank of America Monica Barbour Tamara Batcheller Bay Corrugated Container BDO Grant Beard Becharas Brothers Coffee Co, Inc. Christina Belsky Berkley School District Sandy Bishop

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Christa and Zachary Funk Florence Gasdick Bill Gatewood Cory Gildersleeve Goldman, Sachs and Co. Leo Gonzales


Chris Graber

Jamie and Denise Jacob Family

Mason Consolidated Schools

Graber Pallet Company

Foundation

Johnathan Mayled

Grant Thorton

Jekyll & Hyde Advertising-Marketing

Caprice Megrail

Green Bay Packing

Daniel Jenuwine

McKinley Associates, Inc.

Harvard Resource Solutions

Christine Johns

Brenda McKinney

Da Jaunteye Hawkins

Judy Jonna

Jessica McLemore

Avery Heningburg

Jeff Judge

Ron Melnyk

Michael and Patricia Hoen

Bruce Kahn

Andrew Meloche

Holllingsworth Logistics

Kazi Foods of New St Thomas

Melvindale High School

Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC

James Kempa

Salvatore Messina

Michael Khoury

Mike Cox Law Firm

Teri King

Cierra Mitchell

William Kingsley

Jordan Mitchell

Matthew Knezek

Pradeep Modi

KPMG

Wendy Montesinos

Sandra Kubisak

William Morrow

James Kulp

Michael Muglia

Deepak Kumaravel

Abe Munfakh

Joe Lalik

Channelle Namou

David Lau

Namou Hotel Group, Inc.

Lau and Lau Associates

NewBevCo, Inc.

Lear Corporation

A. Reed Newland

Lincoln High School

Joshua Newsome

LSG Insurance Partners

Mary Nunez

Madison High School

Patrick O’Connor

Jillian Marecki

Harold Oseff

Huntington National Bank Josie Hunwick Husky Injection Molding Erick Hosner Kimberly Houston Donald Hutchinson Joni Hyska Ida High School Image One Corporation IMG College Interfreight Harmonized Logistics, Inc. Albert Israel J.P. Morgan Chase Tom Jabero Margaret Jalilevand

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OUR SUPPORTERS CONTINUED Susan Parker

Saptelligence Consulting, Inc.

Value Wholesale, Inc.

Bruce Patterson

Sardo Construction Services

Christopher Walsh

Paul R. Ziegler LLC

Thomas Schellenberg

James Warzyniec

Lindsey Pavlov

Mary Schlitzer

Albert Washington

Steven Pfannnes

Seyburn, Kahn, P.C.

Pilot Travel Centers

Signature Associates

Webb Mechanical and Electrical Contractors

Michael Plotzke

Sabrina Simmons

Polar Beverages

Simmons & Simmons

Jaylen Powell

Todd Sinclair

Pratt Industries, Inc.

Andrea Smith

Darren Priebe

Jahshua Smith

David Provost

Paul W. Smith

Pete Pullen

Smith Brothers Electric

Plastipak Packaging

George Sovinsky

Pursuit Consulting

Star Pet/Indorama

PVS Chemicals, Inc.

Deborah Stieffel

Casey Rehm

Stout Risius Ross, LLC

Daniel Renel

Strategic Staffing Solutions

Phil Riccardi

Brandy Sutherlin

Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation

Synergies Plus Solutions

Lashanda Robinson Romulus High School David Rutledge Edward Ryder S&C Transport Sangeeta Angrolkar 22

TABB Packaging Solutions Maureen Tighe Travelers Insurance UHY Advisors Leann Underhill Utica Community Schools

Mackenzie Wellman Wells Fargo What’s Your Mix II, LLC Whiteline Express Daniel Wiechec Hon. Kurtis T. Wilder (ret.) WIllis Towers Watson Wing It Inc. Wm. P. Young Co. Matt Wollack Wolverine Human Services William C. and Vivian Young YPO Motor City Chapter Ypsilanti Community High School Chris Zimmer Frank Zolenski


WAYS TO GIVE $100

The cost for one student to attend the Suited for Success celebration.

$250

The cost for one student to attend SAT Prep.

$500

The cost of senior year Next Level Scholars programming for one student.

$1,000

The cost for one student’s Next Level Scholars program activities throughout all three years.

$2,500

Half the total cost for one student’s scholarship and Next Level Scholars program activities.

$5,000

The total cost for one student’s scholarship and Next Level Scholars program activities.

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Make a check out to Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars and mail it to: Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars 100 Renaissance Center PO Box 43105 Detroit MI, 48243 23


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