DCAN Update | May 8, 2020
Challenge accepted.
Dear Colleagues:

This week we're celebrating the winners of the Get Schooled Detroit College Challenge . These schools, teachers, college advisors, college transition advisors - and of course - students have worked so hard this year and we're here to give them a virtual high five.

The 2019-2020 Detroit College Challenge was a partnership between Get Schooled and DCAN, supporting 23 Detroit-area high schools focused on improving FAFSA completion and college-going rates.

Using Get Schooled’s website and text line to find resources and help for college applications and financial aid questions, schools with the most active students and high FAFSA completion rates were able to earn cash grants.

In the following sections, you'll hear from the winners and learn how you can participate next year.

In celebration,

Dr. Ashley Johnson
Executive Director, DCAN
Over the course of the Detroit College Challenge, we saw amazing engagement and student excitement.

There were more than  7,700 visits to the Get Schooled website.  More than  2,800 students  across 23 Detroit high schools created accounts and participated in the challenge. We saw an astounding  126,597 total views  of the challenge website resources, and  a 4% average improvement in FAFSA completion  rates amongst the schools who participated in the Detroit College Challenge, while some schools saw as much as a  27% improvement!

Way to go, Detroit!
Drumroll, please... Introducing Detroit's grant winners!

  1. Voyageur College Preparatory
  2. Cornerstone Health & Technology High School
  3. John J. Pershing High School
  4. Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
  5. Hazel Park High School
  6. Communication and Media Arts High School
  7. Mumford High School
  8. Detroit School of Arts

John J. Pershing had the highest increase in FAFSA completions from their previous year, making them the overall FAFSA winner of the challenge!

What's their secret to success? Scroll on to hear from a few of the winners!
Reminder: Calling All Future Grizzlies!
Have your students registered for the  Virtual DCAN & Oakland University Senior Admitted Day  yet?

This event is specifically for students from your school who have been accepted to OU.

On  Monday, May 11, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. , we'll support future OU students with completing the critical college-going steps that can contribute to summer melt.

Please send your students this   link  to register.
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