Mitch Launches the Detroit Dream Scholars Award

Sep 23, 2011 | News | 0 comments

In his continuing partnership with the College for Creative Studies and the Dream Fund, Mitch Albom has donated $60,000 to establish the Detroit Dream Scholars Award. But there’s a catch: he’s challenged 11 other donors in the arts and business communities to join him to build the ‘Detroit Dozen’ in scholarships for a CSS education.

Since 1991, the Mitch Albom Dream Fund endowment at CCS has provided more than $115,000 in funding for more than 50 Detroit children to participate in the arts.  The Fund supports scholarships for the College’s summer art program for kids ages 6-14 and pre-college summer experiences for high school students. It also provided funds to complete the public art mural in the Cultural Center which was a project through the College’s Community Arts Partnerships program.

Mitch Albom’s new Detroit Dream Scholarship Fund will take a new approach by providing scholarships for students from Detroit to attend CCS as undergraduates. The “Detroit Dozen” will provide opportunity to twelve deserving students without financial means to attend CCS as undergraduates. Each scholarship recipient is required to work on a public art project in the summer as a way of giving back to the City of Detroit.

The recipient of this year’s scholarship is Sherelle Garrison. She is a graduate of the Detroit School of the Arts High School and she is majoring in Fine Arts at CCS. Other courses of undergraduate study at CCS include: Advertising, Illustration, Graphic Design, Transportation Design, Product Design, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Interior Design, Photography and Crafts.

This year’s scholarship was celebrated with a reception on Thursday, September 22 at CCS’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.

For more information about scholarships at CCS, visit


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