Nearly $ 32,000 raised for young people in foster care looking for college scholarships
LANSING, MI (WXYZ) – The Michigan Education Trust (MET) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) raised nearly $ 32,000 on Friday for more than 480 foster youth seeking college scholarships .
The ninth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit Dinner brought together around 150 guests who helped raise funds.
So far this year, MET has raised $ 38,969 for scholarships.
“I am proud of the hard work and effort our staff put into making the Fostering Futures scholarship possible each year,” said State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks. âThe extraordinary generosity of our sponsors, donors and guests makes the college dream a reality for students leaving the foster home. These dollars help cover tuition costs when there may not be many other options available. “
Nearly 11,500 young people are in the Michigan foster care system run by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Nationally, less than 10% of former youth in foster care enroll in college after high school and less than 3% end up graduating.
“Too often these young people cannot go to university,” said the executive director of the children’s services agency of the MDHHS, Demetrius Starling. âYoung people who want to go to university deserve an opportunity to pursue higher education. “