Next Level Scholars Launches Online Programming

 

Over the past few weeks, the landscape of education has transformed rapidly. As a result of widespread school closures, students are studying from home. At Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, we know that it is more important than ever to do all we can to advance our mission to help local students prepare for life after high school.  In order to keep students engaged, the Next Level Scholars program has moved online, starting with SAT prep sessions. On March 26, students logged on to a virtual classroom to learn test tips from tutors at The Princeton Review. All students were mailed SAT 101 workbooks and other relevant materials, so that they would be prepared ahead of time.

During the test prep sessions, students interacted with the tutors, asked questions, used problem solving skills, and learned from one another. One of the responses during a morning session read, “I love how in-depth the explanations were. The teacher didn’t just give us an answer, but explained why and how to tackle each question with different methods.”

Another benefit of hosting SAT prep online, is that all students automatically received a recording of the session they attended, plus some additional test prep resources. They will be able to reference what they learned again and again while studying for the SAT.

We look forward to launching even more Next Level Scholars programming online in the weeks and months to come, and continuing to support our students in new ways.

 

(Below: Images captured during the March 26 Online SAT Prep session with The Princeton Review.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni Emergency Fund

 

It’s been more than two weeks since college campuses across the nation began to close down in order to protect the health of their students. In doing this, college students were faced with evacuating their dorms, leaving their on-campus jobs, and losing access to campus dining.

On Friday, March 13, our Board of Directors acted fast to approve an Alumni Emergency Fund. This fund was established to assist Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars alumni who are currently enrolled in post-secondary education with food support, housing support, transportation home, and online learning support. A survey was sent to alumni that afternoon, and the requests for assistance were overwhelming. DRDFS staff worked through the weekend talking with alumni about their needs and what could be done to help.

One student at Howard University responded to the survey with worries that she couldn’t find transportation home, and needed a storage unit for some of her belongings she had to leave behind. Another student was quarantined and in need of food assistance after having recently tutored someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Numerous students could no longer use computer labs, and had no other computer access to complete online coursework. DRDFS staff was able to respond in real time to these requests for assistance. The first student to submit a request received a response and solution in less than 15 minutes.

Thanks to the Jacob Family Foundation and generous personal gifts from members of our Board of Directors, DRDFS has been able to provide students with laptops, a Wi-Fi hot-spot, gift cards to get groceries, and more. Students who submitted requests for assistance were contacted within 24 hours. Since then, 22 requests have been approved and fulfilled, totaling more than $2,500 in aid.

The student responses listed below really highlight the impact of this support:

    • “Thank you so much!! I didn’t know how I was going to get my work done. I’ve been overwhelmed trying to figure out what to do over the past few days and was so relieved when I got the email from DRDFS.”
    • “Thank you so much. You don’t know how grateful I am. This means so much.”
    • “Thank you so much! I can’t even tell you how much it will help! I can definitely rest much easier now.

We are thankful to be able to offer additional support to our alumni in emergency situations like this. The Alumni Emergency Fund is another way that DRDFS is helping students succeed in higher education. You can support the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Alumni Emergency Fund by clicking here.

 

Reminder to DRDFS Alumni: This fund is still accepting applications. Click here to apply for assistance.

 

 

7th Annual Celebration Luncheon, 2020 (EVENT POSTPONED)

IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE

The health and well-being of our students and supporters is our highest priority. We are committed to taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  In step with the recommendations of Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the University of Detroit Mercy on public gatherings of 100 people or more, we have decided to postpone the Celebration Luncheon.

 

We will take the next 60-90 days to review and plan, and will look forward to announcing a rescheduled date so that we can celebrate 30 years of helping local students prepare for life after high school.

All of us at Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars are thankful for your continued support and for your understanding in this important matter.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why was the event postponed?

The health and well-being of our students and supporters is our highest priority. We are committed to taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In step with the recommendations of Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the University of Detroit Mercy on public gatherings of 100 people or more, we have decided to postpone the Celebration Luncheon.

  • When will the rescheduled event take place?

We will take the next 60-90 days to review and plan, and will look forward to announcing a rescheduled date so that we can celebrate 30 years of helping local students prepare for life after high school.

  • How will I be notified when the event is rescheduled?

We will notify all registered attendees by email, and we will post the new date publicly on our website (drdfs.org) and social media channels.

  • Will the event program and lineup remain the same?

During our rescheduling process, we will do our best to keep our event program as consistent with the original as possible.

  • I’ve already made a donation or purchased a ticket. What now?

Thank you for your support of local students! Your contribution will continue to provide resources for more than 350 student participants in Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. Any contribution or ticket purchase will apply to the rescheduled event.  In the case that you’d like to discuss your donation further, please contact Christa Funk at cfunk@drdfs.org.

  • Can I still purchase a ticket or donate to the rescheduled event?

Yes! We are still accepting ticket purchases and sponsorship donations. For individual tickets, please click here. For questions about sponsorship information, please contact Lindsey Pavlov at lpavlov@drdfs.org.

2018 Fall Newsletter

Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars helps local students prepare for life after high school, through scholarships and academic support, to enable post-secondary success.

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