Michigan Wireless Association Donates $5,000 to Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund

May is Foster Care Month in Michigan


LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Treasury today announced the Michigan Wireless Association has donated $5,000 to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund.

[Robin Lott (center), executive director of the Michigan Education Trust, accepts the $5,000 Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund donation from Peter Bertsch (left), president of the Michigan Wireless Association, and Heidi Zimmer (right), charity director of the Michigan Wireless Association. ]

The Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund provides scholarships to young adults who have experienced foster care and are enrolled at a Michigan degree-granting college or university. Awards are paid to the students’ college or university to assist with tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies.




The donation comes as the state of Michigan celebrates May as Foster Care Month.

“Nearly 13,000 Michigan children of all ages are in foster care at any given time,” said Robin Lott, executive director of the Michigan Education Trust (MET). “In many cases, foster children have no resources when they become adults and age out of the system. This donation will help us provide some help with college expenses when no other assistance may be available.”

Since 2012, nearly $900,000 has been raised and awarded to students. The program is supported through individual donations, group donations, sponsorships, ticket sales, auctions and many volunteer-based fundraising events.

“We need to focus on the needs of these young adults as they leave the foster care system,” said Peter Bertsch, president of the Michigan Wireless Association. “The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides an opportunity to help those who were a part of the foster care system obtain higher education through college. On behalf of our board and members, it is an honor to partner with the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund and the children of the state of Michigan.”

Funds raised during the calendar year are distributed annually to scholarship recipients. Another option for donors, the education endowment, returns a portion of investment income annually as scholarships.

The Fostering Futures Scholarship is a joint effort between the Michigan Department of Treasury, Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

To make a charitable donation, complete and submit a MET Charitable Tuition Program Contribution form along with a check for any dollar amount made payable to the State of Michigan Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund. Contributions can also be made online by credit or debit card through the Fostering Futures Scholarship Donation Paysite.

Charitable contribution forms postmarked or made online by Dec. 31 are eligible for a tax deduction in the year they are made.

For more information about the Fostering Futures Scholarship, go to www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. To learn more about the Michigan Wireless Association, go to www.miwireless.org.

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