Marecki: FAFSA changes increase college accessibility

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a free form that unlocks access to federal grants, work-study funds, and loans, as well as state and school aid, is a critically important tool for Michigan students who are planning to enroll in college this fall....

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Bridge to Possibilities

AT&T Michigan President David Lewis set to headline DRDFS 11th Annual Celebration Luncheon   AT&T Michigan President David C. Lewis, Sr. is no stranger to overcoming adversity and making the most of his opportunities. The trailblazing executive has spoken...

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To Boost Post-Secondary Outcomes, Invest in Stronger Pipelines

Does Michigan value education? For the success of our state, one would hope so, but for years we have heard that the value of a higher education has been called into question. Most recently, Glengariff Group's survey for the Detroit Regional Chamber reported that only...

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In Good Company

Receiving the inaugural MCAN Harbor Award is a validation of DRDFS’ mission—and an inspiring opportunity to connect with groups that share similar goals and ideals The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is a leading organization in Michigan’s college access...

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Applied Initiative

Southeast Michigan high school seniors have an opportunity to learn, apply, and in some cases, get accepted to college at the DRDFS Apply Day. For hundreds of Detroit-area high school students, getting accepted to college and continuing their educational journey is...

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Sustained Support—Enduring Impact

Connections and recollections at the DRDFS Downtown Networking Tailgate One of the most impactful elements of the support that Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS) provides to more than 400 high school students annually is that their support doesn’t end when...

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Mike Zlonkevicz: Breaking the Cycle

DRDFS alumni Mike Zlonkevicz grew up in a room painted maize and blue in honor of the University of Michigan football team’s colors. As the first in his family to go to college, not only was a post-high-school academic path not a priority, it wasn’t even on his radar...

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Harold Dubrowsky: A Spark of Inspiration

  For Harold Dubrowsky, longtime Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars (DRDFS) supporter and board member, finding out that he was the 2023 recipient of the organization’s Spark Award came as quite a surprise. The award is given annually to an individual who...

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Erin Talbot: Passion into Purpose

Erin Talbot loves seeing students’ hard work come to fruition. As the Awards and Alumni Manager for DRDFS, Erin oversees the awarding of over $600,000 in scholarships to the graduating high school senior class each year. This year, she’s in charge of issuing...

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I would not be on the path to college I am today without Dollars for Scholars.
Jermond, Class of 2018

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