Detroit Promise Scholars Program

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The Detroit Promise Scholars program provides eligible Detroit youth with a tuition-free path to earning their Bachelor's degree.  Students who participate in the Detroit Promise Scholars program during high school are eligible to receive the Detroit Promise Scholarship, which covers remaining costs of tuition and fees after other aid has been applied to the student's account.

What is the Detroit Promise Scholarship?

The Detroit Promise Scholarship, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, is a last dollar (gap) fund provided to eligible students in order to cover the costs of tuition and mandatory fees.  As a last dollar scholarship, any gift aid (including scholarships and grants) will always be applied to a student's bill first.  At Eastern Michigan University, any balance after gift aid is applied (ex: Pell/TIP) will be covered using institutional aid (generously granted by the university) and a contribution from the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation/Detroit Promise.  Eastern Michigan University may also elect to use a student's other earned scholarship dollars towards this cost.

Detroit Promise funding is not competitive.  Every student who registers and meets the requirements throughout high school will receive funding if their college determines they have need!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Reside in the city of Detroit from 9th grade through 12th grade.
  • Attend for all four years and graduate from any Detroit high school: Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), charter, private, parochial, home school, etc. (students who have attended multiple Detroit high schools are still eligible).
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA as of February 15 of senior year.
  • Have a minimum score of 21 ACT/1060 SAT as of April 30 of senior year (exams reporting after April 30 are ineligible).
  • Meet Eastern Michigan University admission requirements.

How to Apply

Register on the Detroit Promise website during your senior year of high school.

Only your counselor or college advisor can indicate that you have met the eligibility requirements for four-year funding. Once your counselor or college advisor updates your overall GPA and exam score in the Detroit Promise system, you will receive an email with instructions to login to your Detroit Promise account and select your four-year schools of interest.

Talk to your counselor or advisor now about this great opportunity! And remember to check your email frequently, if you are eligible, for Detroit Promise instructions.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Funding cannot be guaranteed to students who do not meet deadlines.


Past Scholars Programs

  • Detroit Compact Scholars  Expand dropdown
    Detroit Compact is a voluntary partnership of over 100 businesses, community organizations, government agencies and public schools that was developed to assist Detroit public school students in achieving job and college readiness.  This partnership offered eligible students from Detroit a scholarship opportunity for those who participated and met the necessary requirements during high school.
  • Wade McCree Scholars Expand dropdown
    The Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program exemplifies a commitment partnership by Michigan's public universities to provide tuition scholarships in select Michigan school districts. The program offered a full tuition scholarship based upon the student's successful completion of a four-year college preparatory curriculum with a minimum B (3.0) average while in high school and a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT or the equivalent on the SAT. 

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