Spotlight on Mason Senior High School

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.

Celebration of Students

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.

Please email Lindsey Pavlov at with any other questions.


Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Party


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!

Click here to watch the full webinar!







Class of 2020 Perfect Attendance

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!


Sergey S., Berkley High School
Alexander C., Center Line High School
Marshaun H., Center Line High School
Tahani M., Center Line High School
Jacob V., Center Line High School
Leviticus W., Center Line High School
Elijah D., Clintondale High School
Ra’Quan H., Clintondale High School
Kalyn J., Clintondale High School
Immanuel L., Clintondale High School
Briyanna S., Clintondale High School
Brianne W., Clintondale High School
Huriel G., Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Yulisa H., Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Esmeralda O., Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Nancy P., Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Edgar R., Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Jazmin S., Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Stephanie S., Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Juan T., Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Delpiero B., Henry Ford II High School
Caleb B., Henry Ford II High School
Nadia D., Henry Ford II High School
Rita D., Henry Ford II High School
Alaycee G., Henry Ford II High School
Mario G. Jr., Henry Ford II High School
Jalen L., Henry Ford II High School
John P., Henry Ford II High School
Giuseppe R., Henry Ford II High School
Tiaja B., Lincoln High School
Michael B., Lincoln High School
Jada G., Lincoln High School
Monica J., Lincoln High School
Aarielle W., Lincoln High School
Shames A., Madison High School
Rana G., Madison High School
Rima G., Madison High School
Jani H., Madison High School
Ahmad K., Madison High School
Bryce F., Mason Senior High School
Riley M., Mason Senior High School
Kory O., Mason Senior High School
Zachary P., Mason Senior High School
Deahana S., Mason Senior High School
Edrees A., Melvindale High School
Rianna B., Melvindale High School
Lucy G., Melvindale High School
Eduardo G., Melvindale High School
Caroline R., Melvindale High School
Rodger B. III, Romulus High School
Jevaun C., Romulus High School
Kayla L., Romulus High School
Bianca W., Romulus High School
Timothy W., Romulus High School
Hayleigh B., Stevenson High School
Ian C., Stevenson High School
Katharyn C., Stevenson High School
Emmanuel C., Stevenson High School
Frankie C., Stevenson High School
Louis F., Stevenson High School
Trevor J., Stevenson High School
Vanessa M., Stevenson High School
Isaac R., Stevenson High School
Gabriela A., Ypsilanti Community High School
Amaria H., Ypsilanti Community High School
Amaria H., Ypsilanti Community High School
Aidon J., Ypsilanti Community High School
DaMarcus J., Ypsilanti Community High School

Adviser Five-Year Awards

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.


Click here for more information on our partner high schools.


2020 Provost Scholarship for Business


The 2020 Provost Scholarship for Business recipient is announced!


Each year, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS) awards scholarships to graduating seniors. Upon completing the three year academic support program, Next Level Scholars, each student receives $4,000 towards the post-secondary institution of their choice. Collectively, the Class of 2020 will receive $500,000 in DRDFS scholarship awards.

Part of that total, is the second-annual Provost Scholarship for Business.The Provost Scholarship for Business is a four-year, $40,000 scholarship that is open for application to all students in the Next Level Scholars program who are interested in pursuing a degree in business from Eastern Michigan University (EMU).

This scholarship goes a long way to break down the financial barrier to post-secondary education, and can be transformational in the life of a student. David Provost, Chairman of TCF Bank and former scholarship recipient, was inspired to give back to local students by establishing his own scholarship fund.

DRDFS is proud to announce the recipient of the 2020 Provost Scholarship for Business, Huriel Gonzalez-Hernandez. “I am beyond thankful not only for the guidance from Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars,  but also to Mr. David Provost for his generosity and the opportunity he granted me to attend Eastern without taking on student debt.” Gonzalez-Hernandez, a senior at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, and first-generation college student, is excited for what his future holds.

On announcement day, Provost visited Detroit Cristo Rey High School to announce the award in person at the morning school-wide assembly. His classmates cheered as Gonzalez-Hernandez was handed an oversized check with his name on it, representing the scholarship award. Following the award announcement, Provost and Gonzalez-Hernandez took some time to talk with each other about EMU, post-secondary goals, and career aspirations.

“Huriel is a very bright student at Detroit Cristo Rey. This [scholarship] gives him the opportunity to expand his skills, to make him a better student, and better member of society. And one day, he can help others.” Provost said.

We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Provost in awarding this scholarship! We know these awardees will continue to accomplish great things as they navigate life after high school.

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