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.

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.

Scholar Success Fund

The Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Scholar Success Fund is available to DRDFS alumni currently enrolled or pursuing becoming enrolled in a post-secondary institution, that have a 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:

  • 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)
  • Credit card/personal debt, 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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