Help us unlock a student's college dream.

There is no shortage of talented Detroit students like Eboni with dreams of going to college. Just a shortage of opportunities to help them make those dreams a reality. 
This #GivingTuesday, December 3rd, we're launching our Unlocking College Dreams campaign to raise $50,000 for Promise Schools. Your support allows us to unlock a student's college dream

At Promise Schools, our students are able to unlock their college dreams by accessing the same opportunities available to most middle-class and upper-class students: more exposure to summer on-campus college programs, more exposure to summer internship opportunities, more rigorous SAT test preparation, more college planning, and counseling support, and more financial scholarship support. With this added support, 77% of our students go on to college or other post-secondary studies. That's compared to 68% statewide, and just 54% for low-income students.

For Eboni, a summer college program made all the difference in her journey to college. Today, she is realizing her dream at Central Michigan University, majoring in Sociology, and in six short months will walk across the stage to receive her college diploma. 

Consider a year-end gift today to unlock a student's college dream.

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Promise Schools

15000 Trojan

Detroit, MI 48235


Contact CEO Melissa Hamann 

Your donation of:

  • $100 covers the cost of one (1) school-led college campus visit for a student and his/her parent or guardian

  • $250 covers the cost of afterschool SAT test preparation for one (1) student

  • $500 supports one (1) summer internship experience for a student, providing exposure to the workplace and mentors

  • $1000 supports (1) summer on-campus college program for a student, giving them the opportunity to experience college coursework and learn about college life

  • $2500 fills a frequent gap scholarship need to make college affordable for our students

Promise Schools is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving 1,200 students and three schools in the Detroit area – the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, MacDowell Preparatory Academy, and Barber Preparatory Academy.  Your donation to Promise schools is 100% tax-deductible.  For questions about Promise Schools, please visit or contact President and CEO Melissa Hamann at

Double Your Impact

For every dollar raised in December, The Walter Family Fund will provide a matching donation. Help us reach our $50,000 goal to support our students in realizing their college dreams.