The purpose of the Detroit Economic Club Scholarship Program is to assist students from Detroit and Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties in pursuing a program of undergraduate education.
Up to two renewable scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to students entering college as a freshman in the fall. Scholarship recipients may reapply in each of three additional years, if appropriate. Award determinations will be made with the assistance of the Detroit Economic Club Scholarship Program Advisory Committee.
WHO MAY APPLY?
To be eligible, applicants must be a graduate of a high school located in the City of Detroit, or Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties and entering their first year of college in the fall.
Employees of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and their dependents, members of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Board of Trustees and their dependents as well as the members of the Scholarship Advisory Committee and their dependents are ineligible for scholarship consideration. Employees of the Detroit Economic Club and their dependents are also ineligible for scholarship consideration.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION?
A) Strong scholastic performance while in high school or significant academic improvement in each successive year, achieving the equivalent of a 3.2 average in the last two years or at graduation.
B) Exemplary leadership and character as demonstrated by extra-curricular activities, service in the school and the community, volunteer involvement and paid work experience.
C) Academic honors received, class rank and standardized test scores.
D) A written personal statement that describes your educational plans and career goals, and motivating factors and important experiences which have helped to shape your personal philosophy and future goals.
E) Special consideration is given to students who have overcome specific hardships to achieve their personal and educational goals. Applicants should describe the hardship(s) faced and overcome in the Personal Statement on the online application.
F) Applicants must demonstrate financial need by the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) online at www.fafsa.gov. A copy of the online FAFSA application must be submitted to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to determine the financial need of the applicant.
G) Application or acceptance as a full-time, first year student at an accredited post-secondary educational certificate/degree program. Such institutions must be tax-exempt educational institutions under the Internal Revenue Code.
H) All awards will be made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or sexual identification.