Scholarship for City Year Detroit alumni honors dedication to metropolitan impact

April 6, 2010

DEARBORN / April 6, 2010---Since 1999, City Year Detroit corps members have been changing the lives of children and neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan Detroit area by helping K-12 students thrive and reach new heights in subjects such as reading, writing, math and science.

This dedication to service and education, which impacts the lives of more than 2,000 metropolitan students each year, has inspired University of Michigan-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little to create a college scholarship program just for City Year Detroit corps members.

“City Year Detroit exemplifies the spirit of UM-Dearborn’s mission to be an active partner in addressing the challenges facing our communities,” said Little, who serves as chair of the City Year Detroit executive board.  “This group of young men and women is making a difference everyday, not only in the lives of students but in the neighborhoods and schools of Detroit as well.  I cannot think of a better way to acknowledge their metropolitan impact than to give them an opportunity to join our campus community of leaders and best.”

Beginning this fall, UM-Dearborn will award at least two two-year campus scholarships to students who successfully complete the City Year Detroit program. Up to $5,350 is available each year for up to two years (four semesters). The scholarship is a match scholarship, awarded during every academic year period.

To be eligible, corps members must successfully complete the City Year Detroit program, pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree, meet the admission requirements to UM-Dearborn and enroll full-time with 12 or more credit hours.    

“Partnering with City Year Detroit on this scholarship strengthens our commitment to help students achieve their college education dreams,” said Stanley Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life at UM-Dearborn.  “Though it’s a tough time financially for many in Michigan, we want students and their families to know that a Michigan degree still is an affordable investment in their future and the future of this region.”

According to its Web site, City Year Detroit has members that serve in six schools providing one-on-one tutoring, in-classroom support, drama clubs, craft classes and homework help stations.  The group also partners with more than 50 community organizations each year providing 81,000 hours of service to help physically restore buildings, feed the homeless and build safe spaces in local parks for kids.

For more information about the UM-Dearborn City Year Detroit Scholarship, contact university’s Office of Financial Aid at 313-593-5300.  For more information about City Year Detroit, call 313-874-6825.


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The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.



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