2015 Fostering Futures Scholarship Event - Grand Rapids
Make a dream come true ...
The inaugural Fostering Futures Scholarship Grand Rapids event raised approximately $12,000 as 125 people enjoyed an evening of dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment; all in the Grand Room in the beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
Governor Rick Snyder and his wife Sue are honorary Chairpersons of the Fostering Futures Scholarship event and sent a video message of their support to share with the attendees.
A partnership between MET and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) makes Fostering Futures possible.
“Young people are Michigan’s future, so the efforts of our partners at MET are so important,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “Children in foster care often lack the financial resources that others have to pay for college so that they can realize their dreams. The Fostering Futures partnership is just the type of thing Governor Snyder is referring to when he talks about the River of Opportunity – a philosophy for state government that envisions a coordinated approach to providing services that meet the unique needs of individuals.”
Approximately 13,000 students are in the Michigan foster care system run by MDHHS. Many want to attend college, but fewer than 10 percent nationally enroll after high school and fewer than 3 percent eventually earn a degree.
“Many former foster care students simply don’t have the support system and financial resources they need to be able to attend college and earn a post-secondary degree,” said State Treasurer Nick Khouri. “In just four short years, Fostering Futures will have helped more than 1,000 very special young people reach for their dreams. This has been a remarkable, collaborative effort – one the Department of Treasury is strongly committed to – with planning already underway for Fostering Futures 2016.”
Anyone who could not attend can make donations to the MET Charitable Tuition Program by visiting the Fostering Futures Scholarship donation pay-site. All contributions to the MET Charitable Tuition Program are eligible for a state income tax deduction.
As an IRC Section 107(c) organization all donations to MET's Fostering Futures Program are deductible on your federal and state income tax forms.
This event is hosted in partnership with
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