raised to help Youth exiting foster care pay for college
GRAND RAPIDS, June 27, 2019: Youth exiting foster care in
Michigan will have more financial support thanks to the
generosity of approximately 160 individuals who attended the
fifth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Event – Grand
The lunchtime event yesterday at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel raised
$36,817 for Michigan’s Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust
Fund. Attendees enjoyed food and music, placed bids on items
in a silent auction and bought raffle tickets for prizes – all
for the benefit of Michiganders who have been in foster care.
All proceeds help provide college access to hundreds of youth
who have been in foster care. During the last academic year, 369
students from over 50 different institutions received support as
a result of the Grand Rapids and Detroit fundraisers.
"I want to thank the Grand Rapids community for how much they
support the Fostering Futures Scholarship,” said Robin Lott,
executive director of MET. “The money raised at yesterday’s
luncheon will help move those youth who have experienced foster
care onto a Road to Opportunity. Foster care youth don’t
typically have the same family support as others, so every
dollar helps them obtain a college education.”
Around 70% of youth exiting foster care nationally say they want
to go to college. But fewer than 10% who graduate from high
school enroll in college, and fewer than 3% of foster youth
graduate from college, according to Casey Family Programs.
Anyone who could not attend can make donations by visiting the
Futures Scholarship donation pay-site. All
contributions are eligible for a tax deduction.
The 2019 Pizza Party on the Capitol Lawn is scheduled for
Aug. 8 and the Fostering Futures Scholarship Detroit
Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Sept. 26. Look for more
information soon about reserving a seat and other details about
the upcoming events at www.fosteringfutures-mi.com.