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Detroit Partnership Supports White House Initiative

January 16, 2014

Commitment to enroll up to 10 students from Detroit Edison Public School Academy fulfills White House initiative that seeks commitments from colleges and universities to expand opportunities for low-income students.

Alma College has entered into a partnership with Detroit Edison Public School Academy to provide additional scholarship and grant funding and enroll up to 10 students this fall — a commitment announced as part of today’s White House higher education summit hosted by President Barack Obama.

The partnership with Michigan Future Inc. fulfills the White House initiative that seeks commitments from colleges and universities to expand opportunities for low-income students, says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy.

“We believe that Alma’s small college environment, where faculty and staff know and interact one-on-one with students, will help lead to the success of these students,” says Abernathy. “We are especially pleased to provide educational opportunities for students in Detroit.”

Lou Glazer, Michigan Future’s president, said, “We are working to create a network of Detroit college prep high schools where students earn college degrees, not just high school diplomas. This initiative by Alma College is an important part of realizing that vision. It will provide high achieving high school graduates from the city of Detroit an opportunity to get a world class college education.”

Alma College hosted faculty and staff, plus students and parents, from Detroit Edison Public School Academy last November. Students toured campus and met with Alma College faculty and staff.

“This partnership opens a window of opportunity to a different kind of college education than these students would have otherwise considered, an education that is personal and individualized,” says Bob Garcia, vice president for enrollment at Alma. “These are talented students who will be welcome additions to our campus.”

Alma College graduate Dave Campbell, CEO of the McGregor Fund in Detroit, was instrumental in matching Alma College with Michigan Future, which works with nine schools in Detroit, says Abernathy. Alma College hopes to expand the program to all of the Michigan Future schools.