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The Michigan Education Trust and the Michigan departments of Treasury and Human Services will team up to host MET’s third-annual Fostering Futures Charitable Event next week at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester.

The Fostering Futures dinner and auction, which will be hosted by state Treasurer Kevin Clinton and Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person.

The program provides former foster care students who do not have adequate financial resources to attend college with MET scholarships.

Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder are honorary chairpersons of Fostering Futures.

The Blavin Foundation has committed to match all proceeds raised up to $50,000.

“Our generous sponsors and donors helped raise $187,000 last year, which in turn helped more than 400 foster care children attend college,” said Robin Lott, MET executive director.

Those unable to attend the charitable event can make donations of any amount to the MET Charitable Tuition Program by visiting www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. All contributions to the MET Charitable Tuition Program are eligible for a state income tax deduction.

Approximately 13,000 students are in the Michigan foster care system administered by DHS. Many of those students want to attend college, but fewer than 10 percent graduate high school and enroll in college, and less than three percent eventually earn a college degree.

– Submitted by the Michigan Department of Treasury

 

Originally posted in the Oakland Press on Sep. 18, 2014. 

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