DDS LogoWhat if you had all the talent in the world, but no means to develop it? Mitch Albom established the Dream Fund and then the Detroit Dream Scholars Awards to make sure our city’s artistic talent does not wither because of lack of opportunity.

Each Detroit Dream Scholars award provides a four-year scholarship to study the arts at the nationally-renowned College for Creative Studies. So far, seven students are currently blossoming through this program.

Mitch Albom paid for the first scholarship personally, then challenged others in the creative and business worlds to do the same.

“Talent is not the issue in Detroit,” Albom said. “The problem is access and affordability. I appeal to friends in the arts and business communities to make a similar commitment, so that we can provide a ‘Detroit Dozen’ scholarships to better our young artists’ future.”

Candidates are gifted and deserving high school graduates without financial means to attend CCS. Each recipient is required to work on a public art project every summer of his or her scholarship, as a way of giving back to the City of Detroit.

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CCSSherell Garrison was the inaugural recipient of the scholarship. She is a graduate of the Detroit School of the Arts High School and she is majoring in Fine Arts at CCS. Other courses of undergraduate study at CCS include: Advertising, Illustration, Graphic Design, Transportation Design, Product Design, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Interior Design, Photography and Crafts

Dream Scholar Wins Grand Prix Poster Competition

The winning poster design for Belle Isle Grand Prix’s Spring 2016 design competition belongs to D’mitri Moore, a senior at CCS and recipient of a Dream Scholars scholarship. Moore, who is considering a future career in advertising, told the Detroit Free Press, “I wanted to capture the essence of racing, the color, the textures, the vibes and the sounds that make the sport so special, so different. I think the poster conveys emotion and style.”

Detroit Dream Scholarship Fund Fact Sheet


The Detroit Dream Scholars Fund was established in September 2011 with the purpose of providing scholarships for students from Detroit to attend the College for Creative Studies (CCS)  as undergraduates.

In conjunction with making his own gift, Mitch Albom has challenged 11 community members to join him so that he can provide a “Detroit Dozen” – 12 scholarships of $60,000 each over four years.  The “Detroit Dozen” will provide opportunities to 12 deserving students without financial means to go to college. Each scholarship recipient is required to work on a public art project in the summer as a way of giving back to the City of Detroit.


The typical funding gap for a student at CCS, after all institutional, federal and state grants, and loans are extended is $15,000.  That is why Mitch’s gift of $60,000 will support one student for four years.

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·         Fund a $60,000 scholarship over four years ($15,000 per year for 4 years) and become a member of the “Detroit Dozen” Mitch Albom Detroit Dream Scholars donors.

·         Make a gift or pledge of any amount to the Detroit Dream Scholars Fund, to be used in combination with other gifts.

CCS is a 501 (C)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.  Scholarship donations should be made directly to CCS who will in turn award funds to the selected winners.

Selection of winners

Sholarships are awarded to degree-seeking students in any major who are from the City of Detroit.  Award recipients are selected by the Director of Financial Aid based upon financial need, and an incoming GPA of 3.0 or above.  The scholarship will be re-awarded annually based on the student maintaining good academic standing and a grade point average of at least 2.8.

Opportunity to meet the Detroit Dream Scholars will be provided for donors and students annually.


Donors to the Detroit Dream Scholars Fund at CCS will be listed in the College’s annual Donor Honor Roll.  Mitch Albom will support “Detroit Dozen” donors with recognition on his website, in media coverage, and at an annual gathering of the Scholars and donors.

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is an integrated learning community located in Detroit. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls nearly 1,400 students pursuing Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. CCS also offers visual art opportunities for learners of all ages through its Community Arts Partnerships and Continuing Education programs. For more information, visit

The Dream Fund

Mitch Albom started the Dream Fund at the College for Creative Studies in 1992 to provide funding for under-served children to participate in the arts and to instill confidence in our youth. Since that time, CCS has utilized the Dream Fund to support visual, performing, summer “Week at a Time” youth scholarships, community art programs, and even the Detroit 300 project in 2001.

The Dream Fund has raised over $115,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1991.

Projects from Dream Scholars

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