This is an article from Mlive.com, reporter Jared Purcell interviewed me about the Metro Youth Day's scholarship.
DETROIT -- Before Belle Isle became jam-packed with area youth from around the region for Metro Detroit Youth Day, a special group of graduating high school seniors were presented with scholarships to start the event on Wednesday morning.
Giving away $40,000 in scholarship money this year, Metro Detroit Youth Day presented the scholarships in the name of it's numerous sponsors, including General Motors, Pepsi Beverage Co., Michigan Food and Beverage Association, DTE Energy, Detroit Pistons, Sprite/Coca Cola, and many more.
Kawanta Cason, 18, was one of the many scholarship recipients on hand to accept his award. A graduate of Detroit Cass Tech High School, Cason will use his scholarship money to pursue a degree in finance at Michigan State University.
"It's a great opportunity for young kids who don't have much money to go to school," Cason said.
Each scholarship recipient wrote an essay and submitted an application to be considered. Students from Detroit and many suburbs were well represented. The students were introduced individually in front of the gathering crowd at the MDYD main stage.
"It's really special out here because I'm really excited and I'm glad to have people supporting me going off to school," Aubrey Perry, 17, said. "It makes me want to try even harder when I'm there."
Perry, a graduate of Farmington High School, knows that every bit helps as she prepares to head to Michigan State to study marketing.
"College is really a lot (of money)," Perry said. "To receive something - whether it is a little or a lot - it is really the next step to get you there."
Since Metro Detroit Youth Day began in 1981, it has given out over 1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students from within and outside of the city.