Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund
Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund is to provide college financial assistance to students from southwest Detroit. The program offers two scholarships of $2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years, for a possible total value of $10,000. The scholarships will be awarded in fall 2015. Download the application (English). Download the application (Spanish). The deadline to apply is April 24, 2015.



The Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund is a scholarship program funded and implemented by a division of Southwest Solutions – Southwest Counseling Solutions.  

The purpose of the fund is to provide college financial assistance to students from southwest Detroit. The program offers two scholarships of $2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years, for a possible total value of $10,000. The scholarships will be awarded in fall 2015.

Information about the scholarship program is provided to public, charter and private high schools, nonprofit organizations and faith-based organizations in southwest Detroit. Southwest Solutions requests the leaders of these schools and organizations to promote the scholarship opportunity, distribute the application materials, and encourage eligible youth to apply.

Read about last year's Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund winners.


To be eligible, the applicant must reside in southwest Detroit in any of the following zip codes: 48208, 48209, 48210, 48216, 48217. In addition, the applicant must have attended a public, private, charter, parochial school or have been home-schooled.

The following are not eligible for scholarship consideration: employees or relatives of employees of Southwest Solutions or its family of corporations; and members of the scholarship committee.


Selection Criteria

The applicant must meet all of these criteria:

  • Scholastic Performance: A minimum GPA is not required for first year applications. Instead, applicants must demonstrate strong academic performance or academic potential as reflected in high school grade transcripts, personal statements and letters of reference. For continuation applications (years 2, 3 and 4), a minimum GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or its equivalent will be required for college / university coursework.
  • Community Service: Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to improving the southwest Detroit community. Emphasis is placed on community service, including involvement in neighborhood / community improvement initiatives, service learning projects, and community / youth leadership activities.
  • Application or acceptance as a full-time student at a tax-exempt public or private college or university in the United States.
  • A written personal statement that describes educational plans and career goals, and significant motivations and experiences that have helped to shape personal philosophy and future goals.
  • Applicants will be required to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid). The application is available online at  Printed copies of the application – and assistance in completing the application – are available at the offices of the southwest Detroit College Access Network, 8300 Longworth, Detroit, MI 48209. Applications may also be available at your school guidance counselor's office.

All awards will be made without regard of race, gender, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or sexual identification.


About Southwest Solutions

For more than 40 years, Southwest Solutions has pursued its mission to build a stronger and healthier community. The geographical focus of our mission is southwest Detroit, our “heart and home.”

Southwest Solutions provides over 40 programs and partnerships in the areas of human development, economic development, and resident engagement.  These three areas together form a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy and effort that helped more than 25,000 people last year.

Southwest Solutions serves people of all ages and backgrounds. Its programs work in concert to create a holistic system of support that promotes recovery and improves quality of life. Programs include mental health counseling, early childhood and family literacy, children and youth services, affordable and supportive housing, homeownership services, real estate and commercial development, financial literacy, workforce development, entrepreneurship training, and more.

Southwest Solutions actively and effectively collaborates with other organizations to identify and address needs in the community through innovative partnerships.

The Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund is an expression and extension of the organization’s commitment to provide positive opportunities and strengthen community.



To apply
  • Complete the Scholarship Application Form.

  • Develop a personal statement that includes who your influences have been and your educational and career goals. (Please see application for more details).

  • If you are in high school, ask your high school counselor or principal to complete the enclosed High School Certification Form and return it to Southwest Solutions.

  • Request an adult (other than a family member) who knows you well to complete the Recommendation Form and return it to Southwest Solutions.  The High School Certification Form and the Recommendation Form cannot be completed by the same person.

  • For current college students, provide official academic transcripts of all schools that you have attended for the last three years and the grades from the most recent semester completed in college or university.

  • Make sure that all materials are postmarked or dropped off to Southwest Solutions on or before the deadline date of April 24, 2015.


Scholarship payments

  • Award payments will be made to the Financial Aid Office or its equivalent at the educational institution in the name of the educational institution.  Payments can only be used for tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board expenses.

  • Award payments will be made as soon as:
  1. The recipient has signed and returned the Terms of Grant Agreement to Southwest Solutions.

  2. The recipient has notified Southwest Solutions of the eligible university in which he/she plans to enroll.

  3. The university has verified enrollment.

  4. The university has verified that it will not reduce previously awarded grant or scholarship aid as a result of this award, unless required by federal or state law.
  •  Awards are subject to state and federal income guidelines.


Scholarship renewal

The Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund is renewable. Students must re-apply for scholarship consideration using the renewal application provided by the Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund. Recipients are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) while attending college or university. Renewal is not assured.


Award Conditions

  • If an award recipient withdraws from the educational institution (and does not re-enroll at another), the award will be discontinued.

  • If a recipient chooses to enroll at a different educational institution than originally indicated, he/she may use the scholarship at any of the other public or private colleges or universities in the United States that are tax exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • All Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund winners must submit an official academic transcript at the end of their year of award.


Important Dates

April 24, 2015. The deadline for the receipt of all application materials. All materials and attachments must be postmarked or dropped off by this date. Application packets should be delivered / mailed to:

Scholarship Committee
Southwest Counseling Solutions
5716 Michigan Avenue, Suite 3000
Detroit, Michigan 48210

You may also email all the completed application materials.

Recipients and non-recipients will receive notification of award by mail by no later than May 15, 2015.


Additional Information

If you need additional information or materials, contact:

Southwest Counseling Solutions Scholarship Committee
5716 Michigan Avenue, suite 3000
Detroit, MI 48210
313-481-3109 (or email Janet)


Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund