2017 Fostering Futures Scholarship Event - Detroit

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Nearly 400 foster youth will receive college scholarships following the sixth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit Dinner held Thursday evening at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn.

Thursday’s event was attended by 324 guests who raised nearly $85,000 for scholarships through the Michigan Education Trust (MET), the Michigan Department of Treasury’s 529 prepaid college tuition program's Charitable Tuition Program. So far this year, more than $429,000 has been raised through donations and fundraisers.

The keynote speaker was Gail Perry-Mason of Detroit, who was in foster care as a child and is now a nationally recognized authority on financial literacy.

“I think the best thing we can invest in is our youth,” Perry-Mason said. “The dividends live on forever and are priceless.”

A partnership between MET and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) makes Fostering Futures Scholarships possible.

“The money raised last night will help more young people go to college,” said Robin Lott, executive director for MET. “At MET, we realize how important higher education is to developing highly skilled young adults who can achieve their dreams. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, donors and guests we are able to fund the Fostering Futures Scholarships and make college a reality to youth who are exiting foster care.”

About 13,000 students are in the Michigan foster care system run by MDHHS. Fewer than 10 percent of former foster youth nationally enroll after high school and fewer than 3 percent eventually earn a degree.

At the event, Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund presented Making a Difference Awards to two supporters of foster youth. Winners were U.S. Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence and former Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn.

Lawrence, who was unable to attend because she was in Washington D.C., delivered a videotaped acceptance message. She has sponsored legislation to support youth in foster care, and has supported a Congressional internship program for foster youth.

Dunn was president of Western when the university established the Seita Scholarship for former foster youth and initiated other programs to benefit that student population.

Anyone who could not attend Thursday’s event can make donations to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund directly. Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund is a Section 170 (c) non-profit organization.  All contributions are eligible for a federal tax deduction.

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