- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The fourth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Benefit Dinner takes place in Detroit as part of an effort to give more former foster care children access to higher education.

The Michigan Education Trust and the state departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services are hosting Thursday night’s fundraiser at Detroit’s Atheneum hotel. Gov. Rick Snyder and his wife are honorary chairpersons of Fostering Futures.

About 13,000 students are in the Michigan foster care system and many want to attend college, but the state says fewer than 10 percent enroll after high school and less than 3 percent get a college degree. The state says a lack of financial resources is a reason.

Last year’s event raised $266,000 to help 400 attend college. Donations also are accepted online.




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