Mason students of the Class of 2020 pose together during the DRDFS Etiquette and Networking Workshop.
Partner School Spotlight on Mason Senior High School in Erie, MI
In 2015 Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS) welcomed a new high school partner. Mason Senior High School (MSHS), with a current enrollment of approximately 360 students, is located in Erie, Michigan, near our state’s southern border. Because of its unique proximity, MSHS serves students from surrounding communities of Erie, Luna Pier, LaSalle, and even a few in Northern Ohio.
Principal of MSHS, Brandon Bates, has deep ties to the school and community, having attended elementary, middle, and high school on the same campus of Mason Consolidated Schools. After earning both Bachelors and Masters degrees at the nearby University of Toledo, he returned to teach at Mason Consolidated Schools, and is now serving in his 7th year as MSHS Principal.
Principal Bates spoke about the impact the DRDFS partnership has had on their participating students, observing that after being involved in DRDFS, students are motivated to work hard and remain focused. Students have a clear understanding of the importance of good grades and SAT scores in pursuing their post-secondary dreams.
Next Level Scholars Program Adviser, Steve Bowers
Steve Bowers, the Next Level Scholars Program Adviser at MSHS, added that he shares information about the DRDFS program to all sophomore students, which helps to generate excitement, and contributes to the college-going culture within the school.
MSHS is committed to setting students up for success in life after high school in other ways beyond their partnership with DRDFS. MSHS partners with Monroe Community College and Lourdes University to offer its Direct College program to high school students. Beginning as early as Freshman year, students are able to attend college courses, taught by visiting college professors at MSHS. During the Direct College program, students can earn up to 24 college credits in a wide variety of courses at no cost to them.
DRDFS is proud to partner with MSHS in our shared goal to help students succeed in life after high school. We look forward to supporting these students in achieving their post-secondary dreams for years to come.
Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars cordially invites you to join us in celebrating 30 years of helping local students prepare for life after high school!
As you are aware, the 7th Annual Celebration Luncheon, originally scheduled for March 2020, could not go on as planned. Now that we are able to safely gather, we are inviting you to join us at our make-up event, Celebration of Students!
Tuesday, September 15
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
With entertainment by the Detroit Youth Choir
Emceed by Paul W. Smith, Host of the Paul W. Smith Show on News/Talk 760 WJR
Keynote Speech by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II
If you purchased individual tickets for the March Celebration Luncheon event, please click here to RSVP for the September Celebration of Students.
Join us in celebrating the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Class of 2020!
This year, our College Decision Day event looked a little bit different, but we still wanted to make post-secondary announcements special for our students. We are excited to share with you the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, and reveal where they are heading to continue their education in the fall! Watch the video to see these announcements and more!
Today’s high school students have a lot of responsibility. Many students work hard to balance keeping their grades up, playing sports, working a job, maintaining family responsibilities, and more. The students in the Next Level Scholars program are no exception, and we make sure to recognize them for their accomplishments. Each year, the members of the graduating class who have maintained perfect attendance throughout all three years of the Next Level Scholars program, are given special recognition.
The Class of 2020 has 68 out of 111 students who have attended every single program event over three years. By attending SAT preparation, campus visits, etiquette and networking workshops, and more, they have remained highly engaged. They have truly taken advantage of all the resources and opportunities provided by Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. These students have made an impressive commitment to their own success in life after high school. We are proud that each of them has made the Next Level Scholars program a priority, while balancing numerous other responsibilities. These students have each received a blue satin graduation stole in recognition of their attendance record.
Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2020 on achieving perfect attendance throughout the three-year Next Level Scholars program!
Next Level Scholars Program Advisers Celebrate Five Years of Service
At Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, our mission is to help local students prepare for life after high school, through academic support and scholarships, to enable post-secondary success. Everything we do is focused on providing the support and resources that our students need to succeed. Over the course of three-years, students in the Next Level Scholars program visit post-secondary institutions, talk with admissions professionals, gain test-taking skills, and more. With 13 partner high schools, and more than 350 students per year, we couldn’t provide all these great experiences to students without our dedicated Next Level Scholars Program Advisers.
These Advisers are the teachers and counselors who are inspiring our students every day. They are the leaders who help to make the Next Level Scholars program so successful. Each year we celebrate milestone anniversaries with our Advisers.
This year, we’d like to congratulate the following Advisers on five years of service with Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars:
Steve Bowers, Mason High School
“Mr. Bowers puts his heart into DRDFS, and I appreciate everything that he does for us. He is a Mason and DRDFS gem. Thank you, Mr. Bowers!” – Mason Student
“My Adviser has helped me strive to meet expectations for colleges. I appreciate my adviser because he believes in me.” – Mason Student
Brandi Huff, Lincoln High School
“Mrs. Huff has been nothing but helpful during these three years I’ve had with her. Not only was she a reliable Adviser, but I could also count on her at school as well. My DRDFS journey would not have been nearly as enjoyable without her. Thank you!” – Lincoln Student
“Thank you for introducing me to DRDFS. You made me feel welcomed and helped me get used to the atmosphere. You’re friendly and funny, thank you!” – Lincoln Student
Jacob Mikula, Detroit Cristo Rey High School
“My Adviser has supported me since the day I found out I was accepted into Next Level Scholars. From attending all the trips with huge smiles, to making sure we always have what we need, my Advisers are always there.” – Detroit Cristo Rey High School Student
“What makes my Advisor Mr. Mikula the best is that he is so funny. I remember when I was a freshman and I had his class I actually enjoyed going to his class even though I don’t like English. I appreciate him because he made it possible for me to have this opportunity.” – Detroit Cristo Rey High School Student
Hillary Tye, Berkley High School
“Thank you Mrs. Tye for all you have done for me. I greatly appreciate it. You have helped me immensely with starting to look at different colleges and I thank you for that.” – Berkley Student
“Our Adviser has always made it her business to not only reach out to us, but listen to us and our needs. I would like to thank her for always being so kind.” – Berkley Student
Since the beginning of our partnerships at Berkley, Detroit Cristo Rey, Lincoln, and Mason high schools in 2015, these Advisers have remained dedicated to our shared mission! We are thankful for their commitment to students, and all that they contribute to our program! To commemorate this milestone and share our gratitude, these Advisers will be presented with a special five-year dedication award. Congratulations, Steve, Brandi, Jacob, and Hillary! We’re looking forward to celebrating many more milestones with all of our incredible Next Level Scholars Program Advisers for years to come.