Reservations Being Accepted for Sept. 17 Scholarship Fundraiser for Michigan's Foster Care Youth

Sept. 9, 2021

Michigan students who experienced foster care will receive college scholarships through money raised at the Sept. 17 Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit Dinner in Detroit.

The ninth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Detroit is being held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Roostertail, 100 Marquette Drive, in Detroit. The cost to attend is $100 or $1,000 for 10 seats.

The event includes dinner, a variety of raffle opportunities -- including a mystery raffle -- and DJ Matt Wade of T2 Music. Carolyn Clifford of WXYZ-TV 7 returns as emcee for the evening, and the keynote speaker is Robert E. Thomas, a patent consultant, a foster care consultant and chairman of the Detroit Board of Zoning Appeals.

"Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the Detroit dinner event and to help raise money so those young adults who experienced foster care can realize their dream of a college education," said Robin Lott, director of Treasury's Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning. "Every dollar helps with books, tuition, housing or other eligible needs. If you can't make it in-person, please consider an online donation."

The Michigan Education Trust and Michigan Departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services are again teaming up to host the fundraiser.

Reservation information is available at www.michigan.gov/fosteringfutures. Individuals who cannot attend the event may donate to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund online.

Close to 11,500 youth are in the Michigan foster care system run by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Nationally, fewer than 10% of former foster youth nationally enroll in college after high school and fewer than 3% eventually earn a degree.

The Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund provides former foster care students who may not have adequate financial resources to attend college with a scholarship. During the 2021-22 academic year, 467 students at 58 different institutions are eligible for support.

Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund is a Section 170(c) organization, so all contributions are eligible for an income tax deduction.

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Press Contacts: Danelle Gittus or Ron Leix, Treasury Public Information Officers, at 517-335-2167