DPS News Highlights
It’s National College Signing Day! And we have 7 Gates Millennium Scholars!
Our DPS seniors are among 2,500 students from over 40 Detroit area high schools proudly joining First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate this extraordinary event at Wayne State University! Mrs. Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative promotes a strong college-going culture.
One of DPS’ seven students to be awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship was selected to introduce Mrs. Obama.
Fred Wright-Jones, a senior at East English Village Preparatory Academy, National Honors Society President, athlete and co-editor of the EEVPA student newspaper, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average since middle school and also plans to attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and double major in Athletic Training and Sports Management.
“I was ecstatic when I found out that I had received the scholarship,” said Jones. “My parents don’t have the finances to send me to a major university like U of M so this opportunity alleviates the concerns completely.”
Seven Detroit Public Schools seniors – two more than the previous year — are among only 1,000 recipients nationwide who will receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship award.
The highly-regarded Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a full-ride scholarship covering all college expenses including tuition, housing, books and supplies through graduate school to use at any college or university of their choice. The DPS recipients will attend top-ranked colleges and universities, including Spelman College, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Michigan State University.
The 2015 DPS recipients include:
Cass Technical High School- Jocelyn D. Rice and Dajion N. Whitfield
Detroit International Academy for Young Women- Fatema Akhtar and Sakilah Islam
Detroit School of Arts- Jon David Graves
East English Village Preparatory Academy- Fred Wright-Jones
Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School- Paris Dimick