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$36,800-plus 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 Rapids.

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 Fostering 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.



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