Charity Event Helps Detroit Public School Students Attend College
On May 15, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus held its eighth annual charity event to raise money for the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Scholarship. This year, the charity event was called FUNDS – Financing the Undergraduate Needs of Detroit Scholars.
The event raised over $5,000 for the scholarship that helps Detroit Public School students who would otherwise not be able to afford undergraduate school. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduate of a Detroit public school who has expressed an interest in attending law school after college.
“This was a great opportunity for Cooley Law School to join together with the community to benefit Detroit public school students who are interested in law school,” said Lisa Halushka, WMU-Cooley Law School assistant dean. “We will mentor the scholarship recipients throughout their undergrad experience and be accessible for future inquiries regarding law school.”
The event featured a silent auction and live entertainment. The Detroit Public School All City Jazz Combo performed, and local hip hop artist Big John performed a selection of songs written just for the benefit. Stand-up comedians Adam Degi, Grand Rapids’ Funniest Person recipient; and Stu McCallister, Gilda’s LaughFest participant rounded out the evening’s entertainment.
The scholarship is administered by Detroit College Promise, a non-profit organization which is part of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The scholarship fills the gap for students for needs that are not usually included in other scholarships or financial aid, such as transportation, clothes, and food.
About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.