Fostering Futures Scholarship Donations

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Fostering Futures Scholarship Donations

 

The numbers are sobering. Seventy percent of teens who emancipate from foster care report that they want to attend college, but fewer than ten percent who graduate from high school enroll in college, and of those less than one percent graduate from college.* Approximately 13,000 children are in the Michigan foster care system at any given time. A growing number of Michigan youth are reaching adult age while in foster care and have no resources to attend college when they age out of the system.

Individuals now have the opportunity to help eligible foster care students attend college through MET's new Charitable Tuition Program. Charitable donations will go toward providing scholarships to foster care students at Michigan public colleges who meet academic and/or need-based criteria established by the colleges.

In 2014, the fundraising goal was $200,000. The partnership with the Michigan Department of Human Services proved successful raising $227,888. This was done through individual donations, group donations, sponsorships, ticket sales, auctions and many volunteer based fundraising events. Fostering Futures Scholarships were expanded to include any Michigan degree granting college or university.

As fund raising efforts for 2017 are underway, MET is adding additional events in its commitment to provide money collected through the MET Charitable Contribution effort to continue creating a stable and sustainable future for these students.

To make a charitable donation, complete and submit a MET Charitable Tuition Program Contribution form along with a check for any dollar amount made payable to the Michigan Education Trust. To make a contribution by credit or debit card visit the Michigan Education Trust – Fostering Futures Scholarship Contribution Website. Charitable Contribution forms postmarked by December 31 are eligible for a tax deduction on your state and federal income tax form in the year they are made.

* Assessing the effects of foster care: Early results from the Casey National Alumni study.
Seattle, WA: Casey Family Programs, 2003. Available at www.casey.org

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