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Detroit Scholarship Fund Kicks Off New School Year with Summer Ceremony

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Hundreds of students, families and community supporters poured into the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Aug. 11 to commend newly inducted and continuing Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF) scholars for their commitment to advancing their education. The second annual citywide DSF Summer Ceremony began with a brief history of the scholarship and a purposeful celebration of newly committed students. Students nearing the end of their programs also received recognition, and later shared their plans to transfer to universities or begin their careers.

Tyrone Bledsoe, founder and CEO of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), was the evening’s keynote speaker. Bledsoe shared several stirring anecdotes with attendees; one in particular highlighted the inspiring story of his experience as a young man in Mississippi whose outlook changed after hearing a speech from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was then that he began to understand that “the realization of dreams are within the grasp of those who dare to reach.” Bledsoe ended his remarks by reminding students that they are “awesome by nature and great by choice.”

Attendees were also able to hear from DSF staff and review the benefits and requirements of being a DSF scholar. Thereafter, students and families met with their chosen colleges to hear about student success programming and new career paths offered by programs like MAT2. The evening ended with attendees communing with each other and DSF staff.

Since spring 2013, the DSF has been administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, on behalf of Gov. Snyder. The DSF ensures a tuition­-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate to any Detroit-resident student graduating from any school located in Detroit proper, in an eligible year.