Aug. 13, 2020
As Michigan schools prepare for another academic year, the Michigan Department of Treasury reminds Michiganders that we can help youth who have experienced foster care receive a college education while social distancing.
While the Fostering Future Scholarship Trust Fund is unable to raise money through in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for scholarship funds is still present. In an effort to continue to raise funds for Michigan’s foster youth, the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund will host its first virtual movie trivia night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
The event will feature surprise guests, prizes, and other engaging activities.
“A growing number of our youth are reaching adult age and leaving the foster care system with inadequate resources to attend college,” said Robin Lott, director of the Office of Postsecondary Financial Services. “Students who receive this scholarship can use the money for tuition, housing, books and other college expenses. With COVID-19, we’re trying to be innovative in the way we can raise funds for Michigan’s foster youth.”
Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased through the MET Fostering Futures Trust Fund Payment Website.
All proceeds from ticket sales are awarded as scholarships to former foster youth currently enrolled at Michigan colleges and universities. During the 2019-20 academic year, 414 students at 54 different institutions received support.
Close to 12,500 youth are in the Michigan foster care system run by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Fewer than 10% of former foster youth nationally enroll after high school and fewer than 3 percent eventually earn a degree.
Since 2012, fundraising efforts have totaled more than $1.3 million, with all funds awarded as scholarships in the year they were raised.
The Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund holds annual in-person fundraisers in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. All these events were postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To apply or learn more about the Fostering Futures Scholarship, go to www.fosteringfutures-mi.com or call toll-free at 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687).