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10th Annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit Dinner in Detroit Set for Sept. 22

Michigan students who experienced foster care will receive college scholarships through money raised at the Sept. 22 Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit Dinner in Detroit.

The 10th 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 $800 for a table of 8 seats.

The event includes dinner, a variety of raffle opportunities and DJ Matt Wade of T2 Music. Carolyn Clifford of WXYZ-TV 7 returns as emcee for the evening -- and the keynote speaker is Stephen A. Queisser, vice president of strategic partnerships at Student Connections LLC, who will share his life story as a foster parent.

"Please join us at the Roostertail for a wonderful dinner and to help support young adults who have experienced foster care,” said Robin Lott, director of Treasury's Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning. “These men and women are planning to attend college, and every donation from you helps with books, tuition, or housing. If you can't make it to Detroit 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 10,500 youth are in the Michigan foster care system run by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Nationally, 75% of former foster youth express a desire to attend college, fewer than 10% 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 family support or 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.

Ron Leix, Treasury, 517-335-2167