Educational Outreach Program

Detroit Economic Club Scholarship Program

The Detroit Economic Club Scholarship Program's purpose is to assist students from the city of Detroit and four surrounding area metropolitan counties in the pursuit of an undergraduate education. The criteria for selection includes:

  • Strong scholastic performance and academic honors received
  • Exemplary leadership and character as demonstrated by extra-curricular activities, service in school and community, volunteer involvement and paid work experience
  • Special consideration is given to students who have overcome hardships to achieve their personal and educational goals
  • Family economic need

A $2,000 renewable scholarship is awarded to two students each year. The DEC awards scholarships of up to eight students at any given time. For more information, Click Here.

To apply for the DEC Scholarship Click Here.

For additional information, please email or call (313) 961-6675.


Jacob Ridneour
Jacob is a person who has consistently focused on his future goals. While attending Southgate Anderson High School, he enrolled in courses focused on technical training in the engineering field, and maintained a 3.78 grade point avg.

Jacob wants to make a difference in the automotive field by becoming an Automotive Mechanical Engineer, likely studying at Western Michigan University. His dream job would be designing drive-trains for any American muscle car. Part of Jacob’s interests stem from his Dad, who was a diesel mechanic, who was the go-to person for their friends and neighbors when anything went wrong. He taught Jacob the value of doing things the right way and that hard work goes a long way. Jacob’s Dad lost his battle with cancer 2 years ago. This unfortunate loss has made Jacob a stronger person and has inspired him to go into the field of automotive engineering.

Outside of the classroom, Jacob has been a valuable member of the Varsity Hockey Team and the Varsity Tennis Team, while proving himself to be a dedicated leader. He is active in his community where he volunteers and maintains a job in addition to his other activities.

Idalis Longoria
Over the last 4 years at Detroit Christo Rey High School in Southwest Detroit, Idalis has balanced a college preparatory curriculum with the demands of a Corporate Work Study Program, working 5 days per month and finishing with a 3.7 g.p.a. senior year.

Perhaps most importantly, Idalis has been a leader in the school. When two of her fellow students lost their lives, Idalis took on responsibilities to strengthen the school community and to develop new opportunities for extracurricular activities. For example, this year, Idalis organized visits to college campuses for students who otherwise would not have had an opportunity to see what college life is like. She is active in student government, captained the soccer team, is a member of the National Honor Society, and volunteers at school fundraising events. Beyond succeeding at school, Idalis has succeeded at home as well. When she was 10, her mother took in a friend’s four children in addition to her own, one with multiple impairments. Idalis has taken on many responsibilities, juggling needs of family as well as her education.

After visiting a local hospital’s birthing center, Idalis has decided that she would like to ultimately attend medical school and become an OB/GYN. She would like to serve as a doctor to people in poverty and perhaps open up her own women’s clinic someday. She is starting this fall in a Biomedical undergraduate program, likely at Oakland University.


Ja'Naysha Hamilton
Ja'Naysha Hamilton graduated from Cass Technical High School and is the recipient of the 2014 DEC scholarship. She will attend the University of Michigan's School of Engineering in September 2014.


Charles Hurt
Charles Hurt graduated from Cass Technical High School with a 3.97 grade point average. As a high school student and as a member of the community, he has been recognized for academic excellence and outstanding performance. At Cass, he has been President of the French Club, an ambassador for Midnight Golf and a facilitator for Generation of Promise. He has been an actor and leader in Mosaic Youth Theatre all of his years in high school. In the community, he has been a member of the Michigan Roundtable, the Oakland Substance Abuse peer educator and a teaching assistant in Wayne State University’s Math Corps.

His counselor describes him as a young man “with (a) vibrant personality, excellent acting skills and strong work ethic” and able to achieve any goal he sets. The Focus HOPE Generation of Promise Program Manager states, “Charles has not only proven to be a strong leader but he has also mad an effort to gain a greater awareness of regional, racial ethnic, and religious diversity while… encouraging and empowering others to have a respect for this diversity as well.”

Charles will attend DePaul University in Chicago in September and will major in Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies with the career goal of social justice activism.

Allante Moon
Allante Moon graduated from Lincoln Park High School with a 4.0+ grade point average. While in high school, she has been the recipient of many academic, musical talent recognition and school and community service awards. In school, she been a leader in National Honors Society (elected Secretary), elected Class Treasurer and served on Student Council throughout high school. She is and has been a member of the Marching, Jazz, Symphonic and Concert Bands. In addition, she has served the community in her church, gardening in empty lots, park and recreational center clean up, feeding the homeless and spiritual dance at local nursing homes. She also tutors in math and science on the weekends.

When describing Allante, her counselor wrote, “positive, outgoing, driven, delight, well-rounded, intelligent, enthusiastic…she is an amazing young person who has excelled personally and educationally...she is one of those people that you love to be around.”


Alexis Lenderman
Alexis Lenderman will graduate from Rochester High School with a 3.6 grade point average. While in high school, she has been the recipient of many academic awards and was a state finalist for the Business Professionals of America. Alexis has been an active member of the National Honor Society, the Business Professionals of America, the Michigan Youth Opportunity Incentive Program as well as a track and field athlete. It is remarkable that she has managed high achieving academics, extracurricular and community involvement while working her entire high school career (most recently at an accounting firm).

Alexis will attend the University of Michigan-Flint in September and will major in business. She plans to pursue graduate school upon completion of her undergraduate degree.

Brie Starks
Brie Starks will graduate from Renaissance High School with a 3.8 grade point average. As a high school student, she has been active as a member and leader at school. Brie has recieved many awards including first place for business plans at New Detroit Camp Enterprise. She is the DECA District marketing winner and M-REACH best start up business award winner. She has served as DECA President and Class Vice President and many other leadership roles. For fun, she has served as a mentee for Midnight Golf and for teens at her church.

Brie will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in September and will major in political science and enter law school. Her career goal is to be a civil rights attorney.


Amber Lanter
Amber Lanter will graduate from Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township in June 2011 ranked number 10 of 527 with a grade point average of 3.95. Amber has been the recipient of many awards: President's Award, Academic Excellence Award, Scholastics Art Gold Key and graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Amber has been involved in many school activities: National Honors Society, a leader in National Honors Society, Track, Cross Country, Tennis, and Soccer and was the first student to serve as a photography tutor.

Amber will enroll at the College for Creative Studies in the fall 2011 Semester. She will concentrate in Fine Arts working towards her career goal of being a photographer and multimedia artist.

Melaina Smith
Melaina Smith will graduate from University Prep High School in Detroit in June 2011 in the top ten percent of her class with a grade point average of 3.69. Melaina has recieved many awards honoring both her academics and her service to the community: Honors Society Awards, Excellence in Teaching, Debate Award and Dual Enrollment Award.

Melaina has distinguished herself with a breadth of depth of her community service: Teaching Assistant for WSU Math Corps, reader for the blind at WDET radio, debate team, and peer mentor, volunteer at WSU Early Childhood Center as well as an observer at WSU Meds Peds Clinic. Melaina was also exposed to the health disparities in the community and inspired to help those in need.

Melaina will enter Michigan State University in Fall 2011 and will major in both human biology and foreign language. Upon graduation, she will pursue her medical degree at Michigan State University Osteopathic College of Medicine.


Silvia Novakova
Silvia Novakova will graduate from Dakota High School in Macomb in the top 3% of her class with a 3.96 grade point average. Even with a rigorous academic curriculum, Silvia has been one of the key volunteers in service at Dakota High School. She is a trustee of the National Honors Society, a leader in Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Michigan Social Studies Olympiad. Silvia also serves as a private tutor and is a part-time employee at a local Taco Bell.

Her teacher and sponsor sums up Silvia's impact at Dakota, "At our high school, we are expecting big things from Silvia in the way of education and communal leadership...knowing Silvia, she will not disappoint and will exceed our expectations."

Silvia will enter the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for the fall term and will pursue a pre-medicine curriculum. Her career goal is to be an endocrinologist.

Leonard Thomas
Leonard Thomas will graduate from Renaissance High School in Detroit as class valedictorian. While Leonard has maintained an outstanding academic record at Renaissance, he is an artist at the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, a Den Chief and Patrol Leader with the Boy Scouts, ran cross-country and played junior varsity football, member of the National Honors Society, Chess Club, French Club and Jazz Band. He also serves as a Junior Deacon at Greater Apostolic Father Temple.

Both his high school counselor and AP Economics teacher predict "He is truly a student with the potential to achieve greatness."

Leonard will pursue a business curriculum at Yale University in fall 2010.


Tyler Trahan
Tyler Trahan graduated from Allen Park High School in June 2009 near the top of his class with a 3.6 cumulative grade point average. Honored for his academic achievements, Tyler was Student Council President, played varsity baseball for four years (Captain in summer season), was the emcee during Spirit Week and active in the Interact Club. Tyler managedall of these activities and excellent academics while working part-time to help with family finances.

His high school counselor portrayed him "as a true leader…Tyler has taken his skills out into the community as a volunteer."

Tyler described himself and his goals: "I believe full-heartedly that I can and will make a difference in my community and in due time, the world."

Tyler is majoring in psychology at Michigan State University which began in Fall 2009. His career plans are to become a psychiatrist.

Alexandru Chivescu
Alexandru Chivescu graduated from Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills in June 2009 in the top of his class with a 3.96 cumulative grade point average. Alex was honored for his many academic achievements and maintained an outstanding record of extra-curricular activities: Business Professionals of America (Treasurer), Earth Advocates, Hands Around the World Culture Club and a high school volunteer coordinator for the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign. Alex balanced his excellent academics and extra-curricular activities while working part-time.

His high school counselor stated: "Alex is one of the most outstanding young men I have ever encountered."

Alex described himself: “Through the prism I was raised to see the world in, I’ve come to see the power of my perseverance rather than the scale of my distress. The actions of various heroes of my life forever reaffirmed the shaken faith I had in the essential good of the human spirit. I am undoubtedly a stronger person.”

Alex has long nurtured the dream of attend an Ivy League college and entered Harvard University in Fall 2009 majoring in political science and economics as the foundation for law school.


Elizabeth Battiste
Elizabeth graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School located in Pontiac in May 2008 with a grade point average of 3.73 in a demanding curriculum of college preparatory, honors and advanced placement courses. Elizabeth has been the recipient of honors for her academic skills, most notably department awards of excellence in Chemistry and Honors English. Elizabeth has also demonstrated leadership in many school and extracurricular activities at Notre Dame Prep. and Durago High School : Student Class President (9th and 10th grades), Vice President of Mock Trial and Speech and Debate Captain. Elizabeth has dedicated many hours to community service by working with disadvantaged families, senior citizens and serving in the Rochester Hills Public Library as an assistant. Elizabeth managed all of these achievements and activities while working an average of 16 hours each week.

Notre Dame’s Dean of Activities describes Elizabeth as "an exceptional scholar and citizen of our school."

Elizabeth describes her life goals: "The path I have chosen is public affairs...(it will) allow me to fight for the rights of children throughout American and the world. I will utilize my abilities in the fight for a truly just government and the equal and fair treatment of all people."

Elizabeth will attend the James Madison Residential College at Michigan State University in Fall 2008 and major in pre-law.

Angela Hojnacki
Angela graduated from Oakland County’s International Academy in May 2008 with a 3.99 grade point average in a very demanding international baccalaureate curriculum. Angela has been the recipient of many awards and honors recognizing her talents and academic skills: Summa Cum Laude designation, National Merit Scholar and election to the National Honors Society. Angela has also demonstrated leadership as the Founder and President of Female Student Association. She was selected as a research intern in the Boston University High School Honors Program working in the nanotechnology lab and writing an independent research paper that astonished her Physics teacher with its sophistication ("more of a professional journal article than a high school student’s research report.") Even with her outstanding record of academic achievement and activities, Angela has worked throughout nearly all of her high school years.

Angela’s Physics teacher describes her exceptional maturity by stating: "She has a resilience of strength of character that is remarkable."

Angela’s philosophy and approach to life can be stated as: "I have learned that the one key to success is education."

Angela will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Fall of 2008. She will study aerospace engineering and physics to achieve her goal of working for NASA to design spacecraft and use the advanced technology in further research.


Ashley Anderson
Ashley will graduate from Renaissance High School in June 2007 with a grade point average of 3.93 in a demanding curriculum. Ashley has been the recipient of many honors for her academic skills and other talents: Voices of Youth, Detroit Police Explorers Top Scholar and also placed first in the Ford Motor Company Mock Interview. It is not surprising that she was selected for a summer internship in 2006. Ashley has also demonstrated leadership in many school and extracurricular activities : Renaissance Pep Squad, REMAT Club, National Honor Society and the French Honors Society. Ashley has also dedicated herself to community service in tutoring, public television telethon, Mayor’s Time, Thanksgiving Parade, Angel’s Night and the North American Auto Show.

Ashley’s English teacher said that she is a "...testament to the potential of human spirit."

Ashley will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and will enter the Honors Program in her first year. She plans to concentrate her studies in pre-law and education. She is attracted to these fields not only because of the high demand for these professionals, but because it will provide an opportunity for her to educate children and defend people and their rights.

Kelli Belcher
Kelli will graduate in June 2007 from East Detroit High School with a 3.83 grade point average in a very demanding curriculum. Kelli has been the recipient of many awards recognizing her talents and academic skills: HOSA, Detroit Free Press, All County Academic and a special award from St. John’s Hospital for volunteer work. Kelli has also demonstrated leadership in HOSA as President for two years and as Secretary of the National Honors Society. She also is an excellent athlete in cross-country and soccer as well as other sports. Kelli’s volunteer work is exceptional with many organizations—often concentrating on those that are medically related.

As one of Kelli’s teachers predicts, "her current successes foreshadow a renowned future marked by excellence."

Kelli will attend Michigan State University and will major in health and nutrition. She has been inspired to the medical field by her experiences at St. John’s Hospital and truly enjoys helping others.


Gabriel Doss
Gabriel graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood in June 2006 with honors. He demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his high school career, leading various school organizations and participating in varsity sports. Gabriel began a political science degree at Brown University in the fall of 2006. He plans to study law and public policy in graduate school.

Tiffany Mason
Tiffany, a graduate from Renaissance High School in June 2006, has a passion for national and international affairs. In addition to leading student organizations, she was selected to be a U.S. Senate Page for the Honorable Carl Levin and was invited to participate in the Harvard Model United Nations. Tiffany is studying political science and mathematics for her undergraduate degree and will pursue graduate studies in corporate law.