LANSING, MI – Hundreds of former foster care children will have access to college, thanks to the fourth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Benefit Dinner to be held at downtown Detroit’s Atheneum Hotel Thursday evening, September 24th, 2015.
The Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are again teaming up to host the fundraiser, which begins at 6:00 p.m. on September 24th. Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder are honorary chairpersons of Fostering Futures.
“It is an honor to stand and work with such an important charitable program that helps former Michigan foster youth follow their dreams,” First Lady Sue Snyder said. “Too often, foster children do not receive the support they need to be successful as they transition to adulthood, but through Fostering Futures we can help make these career and higher education opportunities available and their goals more reachable.”
Approximately 13,000 students are in the Michigan foster care system administered by MDHHS. Many want to attend college, but fewer than ten percent enroll after high school and less than three percent eventually earn a degree. Fostering Futures provides former foster care students, who do not have adequate financial resources to attend college, with a MET charitable scholarship.
“We are so pleased to be able to assist former foster care students in achieving their dreams of a post-secondary education,” said Robin Lott, Executive Director for MET. “Last year, thanks to hundreds of generous sponsors, donors, and dinner guests, we raised $266,000 to help 400 foster care children attend college.”
Tickets for the fundraiser are $100 each. The event includes dinner, a silent auction, a $100 raffle to win a two-year lease on a 2015 Cadillac, live entertainment and a keynote address from Detroit Lions’ first round draft pick Laken Tomlinson.
Those unable to attend the event can make donations of any dollar amount to the MET Charitable Tuition Program by visiting www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. All contributions to the MET Charitable Tuition Program are eligible for a state income tax deduction.
Thirteen Michigan colleges and universities have programs to assist former foster care students. They include Baker College-Flint, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Northwestern Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University.
For more information about Fostering Futures, visit www.fosteringfutures-mi.com.