The vision of the Next Level Scholars Program and Alumni Network is to inspire and prepare students to succeed in their chosen post-secondary pathway.

We are dedicated to providing the support, access and resources our students need to enroll in post-secondary education, stay engaged with Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars and earn a credential.

All Next Level Scholars program graduates are automatically a member in the Alumni Network.

2022-2023 Alumni Events

  • August 9: Resume Lunch and Learn
  • August 11: LinkedIn Lunch and Learn
  • September 1: Fall Alumni Survey Opens
  • September 22: Downtown Networking Tailgate
  • October 27: Alumni Spook-tacular (Virtual)
  • December 20: Alumni Holiday Party
  • January 1: Winter Alumni Survey Opens
  • January 24: Project Runway Alumni Panel
  • March 8: Celebration Luncheon
  • April 28: Suited for Success Alumni Panel
  • June 1: Scholarship Season Opens
  • Coming October 2023: NEW! Career Fair

Alumni support includes:

  • Individual check-in’s and coaching
  • Programming and social events for alumni
  • Bi-annual surveys to ensure relevant and timely communication and support for alumni
  • Scholarships for eligible alumni
  • Newsletters
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Alumni Emergency Fund
  • And more!

Alumni can connect with resources and engage in the Alumni Network via the Alumni Newsletter, join the Alumni Facebook group, communicate and meet with DRDFS staff, and participate in volunteer opportunities and attend virtual and in-person events.

Alumni Emergency Fund

The Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Alumni Emergency Fund is available to DRDFS alumni who are currently enrolled in post-secondary education who have an immediate financial emergency that may derail their education and would like to request support. The fund allows students to meet their needs and continue their education.

Expenses Potentially Covered by DFS:

  • Online Learning Supplies (i.e. laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Transportation Home (i.e. gas gift cards, bus ticket)
  • Housing Support (i.e. utility bill support, rent support)
  • Food Support (i.e. grocery gift card)
  • Basic Needs (i.e. hygiene items)

Examples of Expenses Not Covered: Tuition and fees, loans, parking tickets or other fines, non-essential utilities (i.e. cable, cell phone bill) and household needs, credit card/personal debit, entertainment, court fees.

Reach out to Erin at or (734) 228-8543 for requests for emergency support.

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Alumni Resources

Guide To Thrive

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Alumni Newsletter

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Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars is proud to partner with MCAN to work toward the shared goal of 60% college attainment by 2030.

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