It’s a harsh reality that sets in when many parents and college-hopefuls alike take a look at the current estimates for the total price of higher education in this country. And the sad thing is, it’s only going to get much, much worse in the future. How can we ease the blow of paying for a college tuition these days? The most obvious and easiest answer is not a new one: scholarships.

In the Detroit area alone, there are a number of impressive, annually occurring scholarships that offer thousands of dollars to those individuals who qualify and apply to receive them. Some donors and organizations can offer more than others, but their restrictions might exclude some individuals from application. Listed here are three of the Detroit area’s most lucrative and best available scholarships offered each year. Taking an in-depth look at these offers, you might find one that suits your needs perfectly. If someone is willing to respect your hard work by offering you money to take college credits for tuition, why not take as much as you can get?

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Detroit Dream Scholarship Fund

Established in 2011 as the brainchild of Detroit Free Press journalist and local writer Mitch Albom, the Detroit Dream Scholarship Fund aims to award 12 scholarships per year to 12 deserving individuals totaling an amount of $60,000 to attend the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The scholarship would be broken up into awards of $15,000 every four years to help cover the cost of full tuition for undergraduate programs with the college. A large amount of the funds were personally donated by Mr. Albom himself, including the inaugural $60,000 gift. The fund also asks for donations on its website and through the author’s website as well. To apply for for a chance to receive a Detroit Dream Scholarship, go to the College for Creative Studies’ website or visit the scholarship information page on Mitch Albom’s website.

Detroit Economic Club Scholarship Program

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The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan established the Detroit Economic Club Scholarship Program to award students from the City of Detroit and the four surrounding counties a chance to receive a check for $2,000 a year, and it is renewable each consecutive year for up to four years. Two individuals are selected each year to receive the award based upon a number of factors: strong scholastic performance and academic honors received, outstanding leadership and high moral character and a demonstrated family economic need. Up to eight individuals can be selected in a calendar year to receive the honor if the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan sees it fit to award as many. For additional information and to apply for the Detroit Economic Club Scholarship, visit website.

University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit Scholarships

Many young students in the Metro Detroit area hope to one day be accepted to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor–one of the country’s top educational systems. But, like many prestigious universities, tuition to attend the University of Michigan is far from anything considered cheap. The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit has established a large number of scholarships intended to help and benefit those who wish to attend the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor campus, including the Lloyd & Laurie Carr Scholarship. Named after the program’s long-time head football coach, this scholarship extends an award of $3,000 annually to one freshman applicant per year and does consider the financial need of the applicant, as determined by the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid. Interested students should visit the university’s website for information regarding this award and for a list of other available scholarships.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at