The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, along with former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer, announced at a news conference at its office that the Dennis W. Archer Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation has distributed $1 million in scholarships.
When Archer completed his service as mayor and chose not to seek re-election, he used his remaining campaign funds, and funds donated by many generous businesses andindividuals for charitable purposes, to support causes in Detroit. He subsequently established permanent endowments at the Community Foundation to support community development and youth activities and scholarships. To date, more than $1 million has gone nearly 200 minority students in Detroit and Cassopolis, MI, Archer’s hometown, to help them attend Wayne State University and his alma mater, Western Michigan University.
Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson, Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn, Cassopolis Public Schools Superintendent Tracy D. Hertsel and recipients of the scholarship were in attendance at the press conference.
“Opportunity and education are the cornerstones for young people—especially for those born into circumstances where neither are plentiful—to rise above hardship and challenges,” said Archer. “Through the Dennis W. Archer Fund at the Community Foundation and our ‘Archer Scholars’ program at Western Michigan University and Wayne State University, we help talented young people from Detroit and my hometown of Cassopolis expand their potential for personal achievement and community enrichment. Today, we pause to celebrate the $1 million mark in scholarship awards. More importantly, we say thank you to all the contributors and congratulations to nearly 200 young people who are now building better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.”
In addition to celebrating this scholarship milestone, Archer encouraged other civic leaders to join him in using their financial resources to perpetuate their own speciallegacies of service to Detroit through charitable giving.
“At the Community Foundation, we work with donors to make their charitable visions come true,” said Mariam Noland, president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “We have been honored to work with Mayor Archer to help improve the quality of life in our region and to help so many promising young people attend college and begin their careers.”
More than 1,000 funds have been established by civic-minded individuals, families and organizations at the Community Foundation since its inception in 1984. Permanent endowment funds like Archer’s provide a source of financial support to benefit charitable organizations in perpetuity.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety ofactivities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $600 million through more than 45,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. For additional information, visit www.cfsem.org.