Kellogg Donates $3.5M to Detroit Promise College GrantA scholarship program that aims to give Detroit high school students a tuition-free path to higher education is receiving a $3.5 million gift.
Gov. Rick Snyder joined local leaders Monday to announce the grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Detroit Promise. The funding, officials said, will help support thousands of Detroit high school graduates with tuition and services as they pursue a college education over the next three years.
Detroit Promise provides free two- and four-year degrees to qualifying Detroit high school graduates who attend school and live in the city. Students can use the scholarships to support attendance at 22 participating colleges.
“This is another step forward in this process and it’s been building for a number of years,” Snyder said during a Monday news conference inside the offices of the Detroit Regional Chamber on Woodward. “We’ve been fortunate. We’ve had some great supporters already in this process.”
Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah and Joe Scantlebury, vice president for program strategy at the Kellogg Foundation, also joined in the Monday announcement.
Story written Holly Fournier of The Detroit News
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The 450-and-counting Detroit parents who've opted out of this year's state standardized tests are asking a simple question: Why?
City schools test low — predictably, because poverty is strongly correlated to poor academic performance, and the number of Detroit kids who live in poverty is unacceptably high — results the state uses to justify any number of punitive measures, most recently, threatening to close schools the state says are failing.