Skillman announces $500,000 in Legacy Awards

DETROIT – As part of a major new initiative, The Skillman Foundation announced Saturday that it would award 50 of the Detroit area’s most promising high school students $10,000 each to assist them with their college expenses.

”This is for the future of our community – our young people,” said Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss, who made the announcement at Skillman’s Kids Matter Here Summit II held Saturday at Ford Field. The event was held in celebration of The Skillman Foundation’s 50th anniversary.

”This is a really wonderful way for us to commemorate 50 years of hard work in the community,” Goss said. The award-winners will be determined by nomination from non-profit organizations in Detroit.

Nearly 6,000 Detroit-area children, parents and caregivers attended the Saturday event. It was a festival-like atmosphere as the children flocked onto the Detroit Lions’ football field where a portable carnival had been set up with face-painting and air brush tattoo parlors, midway rides, moonwalks and games of skill. A resource and education fair featured booths from a score of Detroit area non-profit organizations. Adult workshops on financial literacy, foreclosure prevention and college preparedness were held.

A stage with continuous music, dance and other entertainment was set up on the east end of the field. Free parking and food was available for all in attendance.

Actor and martial artist Michael Jai White ("Tyson," "Spawn," "City of Industry," "Why Did I Get Married?") delivered the keynote speech. Eclectic singer-songwriter Monica Blaire and Detroit singer-songwriter Charity also performed. 

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit , most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods –Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central Woodward and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.