A (Virtual) Event to Remember

This March, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars hosted the 8th Annual (Virtual) Celebration Luncheon. Guests tuned in to the livestreamed show to learn about new program features, hear alumni insight, and see what DRDFS has been doing this school year for students adjusting to a new learning environment.

The event kicked off with students in the Next Level Scholars (NLS) program thanking donors for their impactful support along their post-secondary journeys. Thanks to the support of all event sponsors, including Presenting Sponsors P.R. Ziegler, INC Life Insurance, Seyburn Kahn, and Wells Fargo, this event was a great success. Emcee Paul W. Smith appeared live in-studio to begin the show and guide viewers through the first all-virtual Celebration Luncheon.

Alumni Shares Story

Following the welcome message from Board President, William C. Young, an Alumni took the stage to share his DRDFS story. Sha Azim, 2019 graduate of Center Line High School and the NLS program, is currently enrolled at Wayne State University as a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in finance. In a conversation with Board Member Bill Kingsley, Sha discussed why his education was so important to him at an early age and how his experience with DRDFS enabled him to step confidently into life after high school.

During the interview, Sha shared the following; “My parents moved to the US from Bangladesh to give me better opportunities. That’s why I take my education so seriously and it’s my number one priority. In high school, I was always looking for opportunities to help me go to college. What sparked my interest most about DRDFS was the campus visits and SAT prep. After visiting Wayne State University on a trip with DRDFS, I knew that was the school I wanted to attend.”

Thanks to You

To close the program, Executive Director Christa Funk provided an update on how DRDFS is helping students prepare for success, especially during a time when so many are studying from home. Online SAT test prep, virtual campus tours, increased one-on-one college advising, and access to online tutoring, are just a few of the resources students have access to this school year. This is made possible in large part by those who tuned in and donated to the annual Celebration Luncheon. Thank you for continuing to support local students as they prepare for success in life after high school.


The 8th Annual Celebration Luncheon is available to view on YouTube. Click here to watch!

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