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Over $350,000 Awarded in Scholarships at Inaugural Metro-Detroit Graduation Luncheon

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Troy, MI (May 2, 2014) — The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program hosted 200 guests at its Annual Graduation Luncheon to award over $350,000 in college scholarships to approximately twenty Mentees and honor the 2014 graduating seniors on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11am at Bank of America in Troy. This year’s awards bring Women of Tomorrow’s cumulative scholarship giving in Detroit and South Florida to over $4 million to more than 1,400 girls at-risk girls since the inception of its scholarship program in the year 2000.

To mark the occasion, special Keynote Speaker Paula Tutman, WDIV Reporter, joined  Women of Tomorrow Founder & President, Jennifer Valoppi in addressing the 70 attending graduating seniors to inspire them to continue forward in their path of success. The event was emceed by former ESPN sportscaster and Women of Tomorrow Founding Mentor Karie Ross Dombrowski.  Also in attendance were Women of Tomorrow Scholarship Partners from Central Michigan University, College of Engineering Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Northwood University, and Rochester College.

Lori Blaker, Scholarship Committee Chair, says “I’m so proud of our girls and our Metro Detroit program.  For many of our mentees, they will be the first in the family to be able to attend college.  The girls have all reported that the

Women of Tomorrow program has helped them understand the importance of staying in school and completing their high school education. Now as they are ready to step forward and continue on with their education, we are pleased to be offering scholarships that will assist them in achieving their dreams.  All of the Metro Detroit area Mentors take great pride in these young women and we look for great things in the future from all of them”.
The celebratory luncheon will gather high school seniors from 10 of the 35 Metro Detroit public high schools where Women of Tomorrow operates. Mentees gathered to celebrate their graduation and their dedication to the Women of Tomorrow program while they enjoyed a wonderful lunch and took home congratulatory gift bags filled with goodies from Bank of America.

Jennifer Valoppi, Founder & President, says “When we opened Women of Tomorrow in Detroit three years ago, so many young women told me they wanted to graduate from high school but didn’t think they would be able to.  We are so thrilled to report that everyone one of the girls who stuck with the program are on track to graduate this year.  I grew up in the Detroit area, so it’s been a wonderful feeling to bring this program home.”
Graduation Luncheon event sponsor is Bank of America.

About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program was conceived in 1997 in South Florida by television journalist Jennifer Valoppi and former Telemundo President Don Browne. Women of Tomorrow is currently expanding nationally and mentors 3,200 at-risk girls per year, helping to prevent dropouts, overcome poverty, attain higher education, and develop a viable workforce.  Women of Tomorrow Mentees have a 93% high school graduation rate among an at-risk population, the grades of the girls go up every year they are in the program to a statistically significant degree and over 90% of graduates go on to higher education. Women of Tomorrow exposes girls to opportunities otherwise unavailable to them; teaches them vital personal and professional skills; helps them set and achieve goals; increases their self-esteem; and helps reduce and prevent engaging in risky behaviors, through a unique group mentoring system with accomplished professionals.  Women of Tomorrow now operates in 151 public high schools in South Florida and Metro Detroit, and will expand to Greater Philadelphia in 2014.