Scholarships, Free College Planning for DPS High Schools

College Funding 123 and Former Lion James Ihedigbo To Offer Scholarships and Free Seminar to Four Detroit Schools 

College Funding 123 and former Detroit Lions Safety James Ihedigbo are offering 32 scholarship opportunities and free college planning seminars to high school sophomores and juniors at four Detroit Public Schools this May.

College Funding 123 partnered with James Ihedigbo’s HOPE Africa USA charity in 2015 to provide scholarships and college planning education to students and families with the aim of establishing a continuing system of resources to help make the dream of a college education an affordable reality for students today and in the future.

The free college planning events will be offered to high school sophomores, juniors and parents at:

  • Detroit College Preparatory High School at Northwestern on May 10, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • East English Village Preparatory Academy on May 12, 2016 at 10:00 am
  • Douglass Academy for Young Men on May 17, 2016 at 9:00 am
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School on May 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

“Engaging students in college planning and scholarship opportunities are invaluable resources and a major priority of the school counseling program,” said Dr. Barbara K. Smith, Director of the Office of Guidance and Counseling. “Experiences like this will definitely help increase post-secondary enrollment.”

“Access to higher education is so important,” said Ihedigbo.  “These scholarships help students in a unique way.  Rather than offer a flat dollar amount, we are connecting students with the pros at College Funding 123, who will provide each student with the best access to choices for college admissions and annual funding for the duration of their collegiate career.”

“This is a great opportunity for DPS students,” said Edward Vosganian, President of College Funding 123.  “The seminars will offer students a chance at the scholarships along with some excellent advice on 10 things sophomores and juniors should be doing right now to help them plan for a great college education.”

College Funding 123 has been helping students and families successfully secure college admissions and funding since 2003, while providing testing assistance to help high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors prepare for ACT testing; raising ACT scores by 6-7 points on average.

Ihedigbo launched HOPE Africa USA in 2007 to help deserving African and African-American students excel through education by providing them scholarships, support, and resources.

Scholarship applications are available at until June 1, 2016.

About College Funding 123

Since 2003, College Funding 123 has helped hundreds of families and students meet their college goals by maximizing funding offers from colleges, saving thousands on tuition, and reducing the need for student loans and student debt. Their advisers help families through the entire process from career planning and college search and selection, to connecting students with colleges and universities, both public and private, who are willing to provide merit-based endowment and scholarship funding.  For more information visit

About Hope Africa Charity

Helping Our People Excel. HOPE Africa.  Started by a Nigerian-American family who knows first-hand the sacrifices involved in leaving one’s home, attaining an elite education and giving back, HOPE Africa wants to boost future young African leaders.  To achieve its goal, HOPE Africa provides academic scholarships and a broader structure: volunteer opportunities, internships, and a network of people to help them create sustainable projects with the aim of establishing a continuing system of resources for future generations.  For more information visit


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