The second annual Oakland Schools’ Scholarships for Success Gala Dinner raised $91,000, which will be used to help current Oakland Schools Technical Campus students to attend college, trade school or participate in an apprenticeship.
“These scholarships provide life-changing opportunities for the recipients,” said Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson. “I am happy to see so much support coming from our local community who understands the importance of raising these funds.”
Approximately 175 local business, government and education leaders attended the event, held Thursday, April 19 at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield Township. The keynote speaker was Brandon Jones, division president of homebuilding company, PulteGroup, Inc., and the master of ceremonies was Mojo from Channel 95.5’s Mojo in the Morning radio show.
“We are very pleased with the amount of money raised from this event,” said John Landis, president of the Oakland Schools Education Foundation, which organizes the Scholarships for Success event. “These funds will help make a big difference in the lives of students who are working hard to achieve their dreams.”
Earlier this year, OSEF awarded $50,000 in scholarship money to 26 deserving high school seniors and first-year graduates who are attending one of the four Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. In 2016-2017, more than 2,000 Oakland Schools students were enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program and collectively, they earned 2,603 industry-recognized certifications/licenses.