Student Opportunity

Student Program

Terrific Learning Opportunities for High School and College Students

The Detroit Economic Club’s Student Program offers the region’s high school and college students exciting opportunities to learn. Each year, 1,600 students attend DEC meetings and also participate in a Q&A Session with guest speakers at a student-only reception. The Club’s Financial Education Seminar teaches students basic personal financial management skills and the DEC Career Readiness Academy is designed to mentor students with career preparation. All programs provide unparalleled experience for students to engage in thoughtful discussion with today’s local and national leaders and DEC members.


120 students from local high schools routinely participate in the DEC’s Personal Financial Education seminar. The seminar is typically held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Detroit Branch and is focused on banking basics. Students also are taught about credit and take part in a real-world budgeting exercise.

Audience Response Technology keeps the students engaged and infuses healthy, school-by-school competition into the day.

For additional information about funding our next Personal Financial Education seminar, please email

2019 Scholarship Winners with Detroit Economic Club President & CEO, Steve Grigorian, at the June 10, 2019 meeting.

The Detroit Economic Club Scholarship Program's purpose is to assist students from the city of Detroit and three 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.

To apply for the DEC Scholarship Click Here.

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

Scholarship Advisory Committee


Gina Coleman

Chief Diversity Officer

The Honorable Debbie Dingell


Steve Grigorian

President & CEO

Sandra Hermanoff

President & CEO

Wendy Batiste-Johnson


Katie Brisson

Vice President, Program

Lenzi Abma

Scholarship Coordinator


The Detroit Economic Club’s Career Readiness Academy is a program that brings high school and Young Leader (YLs) members together for monthly meetings that aim to teach skills that will help the students effectively navigate their high school journey to find greater success in the working world. The same team of YLs and students meet each month which not only provides the opportunity for more personalized attention but also forges important mentor-mentee relationships.

Curriculum includes:

  • Career Exploration
  • Career Economics & Realities
  • Personal Brand
  • Market Yourself
  • Networking
  • Graduation @ a DEC Meeting
  2022 Governor's Service Award-Youth Services Impact Award Recipient

CRA Committee

Jay Brown_CRA Chair


Jay Brown

Chief Sales Officer


Committee Members


Kristen Barnes-Holiday


Chelsea Fell

Business Development Officer

Steve Grigorian

President & CEO

Almir Karamovic

Senior Associate, Health Industries Advisory

Joe LaPointe

Business Development

Emily Manoogian

School Counselor

Angie Perkins

Assistant Vice President, Treasury Management

Aaron Sohaski

Attorney, Contract Compliance

Joseph Tenbusch

Manager - Technology Investments & Ventures

Christina Toma

Senior Commercial Coordinator

Derek Shinska

Client Executive

Sara King

Vice President - Relationship Manager

Sponsor a School

Individuals or organizations may sponsor a student table for a tax-deductible donation of $450. For their contribution, sponsors receive recognition at the meeting and the opportunity to take a photo with the speaker and the students. The photo is distributed to the sponsor and schools to be published in their community outreach publications.

To sponsor a school please email Matt Valant at