The DTE Energy Foundation recently awarded a $330,000 grant to the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) at Wayne State University to fund scholarships that will open doors for students from underrepresented communities through the DTE Energy Foundation/MiHC Scholarship.
The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) at Wayne State University provides higher education opportunities to students from underrepresented communities through recruitment, advising, learning communities and academic training – and career and graduate school preparedness. The DTE Foundation has a long history of supporting the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, including gifts totaling $200,000 to the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) to help incoming first-generation college students succeed in core classes and smoothly transition to college-level academics.
“At the DTE Energy Foundation, we recognize the significant and unique contributions our Latino and Latina friends, family members and neighbors make not only within our organization, but in our schools and communities as well,” said Lynette Dowler, president, DTE Foundation. “Through our $330,000 commitment to – and longstanding partnership with – CLLAS, together, we’ll empower our future leaders to achieve their dreams and continue to drive our city, state and nation forward.”
Recipients will be able to use the scholarship for tuition or other expenses, such as room and board.
2020 scholarship recipients
The first DTE Energy Foundation/MiHC Scholarship funds were awarded in the fall 2020 academic term to Ana Estefania Sandoval and Mindi Ochoa; the remaining funds have been placed into a permanent endowment fund to be awarded to future eligible students each year.
Hear their stories: