Fostering Futures raises $130,000 for foster youth scholarships
More than 300 former foster children will receive college scholarships through the annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Benefit held Thursday evening.
The benefit and other fundraisers throughout the year raised about $130,000 for scholarships, through Michigan Education Trust, the Michigan Department of Treasury’s prepaid college tuition program.
More than 340 people attended the fourth annual Fostering Futures benefit, held this year in downtown Detroit’s Atheneum Hotel.
The event featured keynotes from Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder and Detroit Lions rookie Laken Tomlinson.
Approximately 13,000 students are in the Michigan foster care system.
Many want to attend college, but fewer than ten percent enroll after high school and less than three percent eventually earn a degree.
Fostering Futures is just one way to provide former foster care students, who do not have adequate financial resources to attend college, with the opportunity.
Money raised during the Fostering Futures Benefit Dinner goes toward a MET charitable scholarship, which any former foster child can apply for.