10 talented Detroit youth awarded $10K college scholarships

DETROIT – The Coleman A. Young Foundation today will award 10 Detroit high school students with the 2014 Skillman Promising Youth Legacy Awards.

These college scholarships pay promising students up to $10,000. The program began in 2011 to celebrate The Skillman Foundation’s 50th anniversary. In that year, 50 college and high school students from across metro Detroit were selected. Every class since has included 10 excellent Detroit scholars.

The awards go to juniors and seniors who reside in one of the Foundation’s six focus neighborhoods, where it invests the bulk of its $17 million per year. Those neighborhoods are Brightmoor, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central, Osborn and Southwest Detroit and are home to about a third of the city’s children.

To be eligible for the Promising Youth Legacy Awards, youth must be nominated by a nonprofit, community-based, faith-based, social service or school organization.

The winners this year are, along with their school and neighborhood of residence:

  • Charnele McIntosh, University Prep Science & Math, Brightmoor
  • Reem Saif, Universal Academy, Chadsey/Condon
  • Samuel Braxton III, Cody Public Leadership Academy, Cody Rouge
  • Cameron Urquhart, University of Detroit Jesuit High, Cody Rouge
  • Joshua Moore, Renaissance High, Osborn
  • DeQuan O’Neal, Osborn Evergreen Academy, Osborn
  • Chante Wiggins, Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, Osborn
  • Ana Lisa Alvarez, Western High School, Southwest Detroit
  • Roberto Aquino, Western High School, Southwest Detroit
  • Jackelyn Rodriguez, Cass Tech High, Southwest Detroit

The awards recognize young people as emerging leaders and as contributors in their community, ensure that Detroit and Southeastern Michigan youth attend and graduate from college, and encourage young leaders to return, serve and contribute to the revitalization of Detroit and Michigan.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development.