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\u2019s Atheneum Hotel Thursday evening, September 24th, 2015.\r\nThe 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\u00a06:00 p.m.\u00a0on\u00a0September 24th. Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder are honorary chairpersons of Fostering Futures.\r\n\u201cIt is an honor to stand and work with such an important charitable program that helps former Michigan foster youth follow their dreams,\u201d First Lady Sue Snyder said. \u201cToo 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.\u201d\r\nApproximately 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.\r\n\u201cWe are so pleased to be able to assist former foster care students in achieving their dreams of a post-secondary education,\u201d said Robin Lott, Executive Director for MET. \u201cLast year, thanks to hundreds of generous sponsors, donors, and dinner guests, we raised $266,000 to help 400 foster care children attend college.\u201d\r\nTickets for the fundraiser are $100 each. The event includes\u00a0dinner, 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\u2019 first round draft pick Laken Tomlinson.\r\nThose unable to attend the event can make donations of any dollar amount to the MET Charitable Tuition Program by visiting\u00a0www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. All contributions to the MET Charitable Tuition Program are eligible for a state income tax deduction.\r\nThirteen 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.\r\nFor more information about Fostering Futures, visit\u00a0www.fosteringfutures-mi.com.