Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Scholarship for African American Males



All applicants must meet the following criteria:
 Be an African-American male residing in metro Detroit.
 Be a June, 2009 graduate of a metro Detroit high school and must begin college by September, 2009.
 Be admitted to a historically black college or university and submit proof of admittance.
 Possess a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
 Submit a typed application, transcript, ACT or SAT score and a letter of recommendation from his principal or counselor.
 Applicant must submit a typed essay demonstrating school/community involvement, future goals and family-life.
 Applicant must submit proof of financial need by SAR, Form 1040 or court papers in guardianship cases.
 Successful applicants must attend the annual awards luncheon.
 Successful applicants must take a file photo at the DOFI office.
 Scholarship recipients will receive $5000.00 payable to the student at $1250.00 a year.

All documents must be mailed and received not later than April 15, 2009. Send all documents to Detroit Omega Foundation Inc. Scholarship Program, 235 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202.

Applications may be downloaded from our website at Click on programs and scroll down to scholarships. Scroll down to: DOFI Scholarship Guidelines. Print application here. Further information may be obtained by contacting Henry McKee, Jr., Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at (313) 683-1764 or by e-mail at

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Foster Youth – Need Money for College?

If you are a foster youth that wants to attend college this fall and feel that you don’t have the money to pay for it – this is the event for you!

Come to College Goal Saturday and receive help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing this form, you will find out how much student financial aid you will be able to receive towards your college education.

There is no cost and you do not have to register so please come and see how much money is really available for you to attend college!


Wayne State University
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202-0340

University of Michigan – Flint
Murchie Science Building
Room 109
303 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48502

What You Need to Bring?

1. Your Social Security Number
(You just need to know what it is; you don’t have to bring the card)

2. If you worked in 2008, bring your W-2 form(s) OR your completed tax return, if you have filed already. If you did not work in 2008, just bring your Social Security Number.

3. Your driver’s license. If you do not have a driver’s license, a state ID will work fine. If you don’t have either, don’t worry, you still can complete the form.
Have Questions?

Please call the Michigan Guaranty Agency toll free at 1-800-642-5626 and ask for any one of the following extensions: 37054, 38319, or 36051

Friday, February 6, 2009

Young Women's Political Leadership Program

Young Women’s Political Leadership Program:
July 15-19, 2009 Washington, DC
Application deadline: February 16, 2009

The Young Women’s Political Leadership Program encourages high school girls to channel their leadership into politics. Running Start is hosting our second annual program this July to train high school girls in political leadership skills and to plant the seed that they should run for office. Fifty girls chosen for their leadership potential from around the country will come to Washington, DC for this exciting program. The girls are chosen from public, charter and private schools and we pride ourselves on recruiting a diverse group of young women to attend our program. The program is entirely free of charge, and travel scholarships are available.

The program, which takes place at American University over 4 days and 3 nights, allows the participants to meet extraordinary women leaders of diverse backgrounds and to learn about the importance of having more women in political leadership and of running for office themselves. They learn by doing through the highly interactive sessions. By the end of the summer retreat, they will have gained confidence in their own leadership abilities, and be ready to bring their leadership to their schools and communities. The girls learn about political leadership by working with inspirational women leaders, including Congresswomen and other elected officials and leaders in business, media and the law.

The program trains the girls in important skills necessary for political leadership including:
# Public Speaking and Presentation: Students will learn how to structure a speech and adjust to an audience, as well as learning and practicing the importance of posture, tone and answering post-speech questions.
# Advocacy: Students will learn the art of persuasive speaking and will practice basic debate and advocacy.
# Persuasive Writing: Students will learn critical thinking skills that correlate to the kinds of applications necessary in advocacy and politics. The girls will examine campaign materials, floor speeches, as well as grammatical and literary tactics that are often incorporated into successful persuasive writing.
# Campaigning: As a culmination of the program, the students will create a campaign for themselves tying in the aspects learned from the workshops throughout the leadership program, and they will give campaign speeches to the class and their parents.

Our goal is to create political leadership programs for high school girls across the US, so that young women can learn the value of political participation and the importance of their leadership in this area.


* Apply to the 2009 program in Washington, DC
* Bring this retreat to your community