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Marygrove College to Award $6,000 Catholic School Grant to Catholic High School Graduates


DETROIT, April 21, 2016—On Thursday Marygrove College, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit, announced the Catholic School Grant, a new scholarship that honors those families who support a longstanding tradition of Catholic education by sending their children to Catholic schools. The Catholic School Grant is renewable for four years and awards qualifying students who graduated from Catholic high schools with up to $6,000 in scholarship money.

“We are committed to providing students with a rigorous and affordable liberal arts education,” said Marygrove College President Elizabeth Burns. “The launch of the Catholic School Grant demonstrates this while honoring the commitment of students and their families to Catholic education.”

IHM President Jane Herb, who assisted in securing the partnership between Marygrove College and the Archdiocese of Detroit, echoes this sentiment, noting that “The opportunity to continue a faith-based education is important for families who made a commitment to Catholic education. In announcing this initiative, Marygrove continues the IHM tradition of preparing students who are competent, compassionate, and committed to building a more just and humane world.”

The Catholic School Grant, available to first-time, full-time freshmen and transfer students in the fall of 2016, is renewable for four years (eight semesters) at $1,500 per year. Transfer award renewal is evaluated upon admission and determined by the number of transferable credits received by Marygrove College. To meet renewal requirements, students must be enrolled full-time, remain in good academic standing, and meet all federal guidelines for satisfactory academic progress if applying for federal financial aid.

Marygrove’s announcement of the Catholic School Grant and its partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit is only one of several collaborations between the college and other local Catholic organizations.


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Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is a Catholic, independent, liberal arts college. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders who display competence, compassion, and commitment. The campus is situated on 53 acres in northwest Detroit.

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Marygrove Celebrates 28th Contemporary American Authors Lecture
Event to feature award-winning poet Claudia Rankine
DETROIT, March 15, 2016—To commemorate its twenty-eighth year of bringing nationally-known authors to its campus for a public lecture and seminar, Marygrove's Department of English and Modern Languages is pleased to announce that award-winning poet and playwright ClaudiaRankine will be the featured guest at its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS) event.
In addition to delivering the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016, Rankine will also host a master class for Detroit-area high school students and teachers beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre.

Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, and Nothing in Nature Is Private (1995), winner of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She is also author of two plays: Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue (2009) and Existing Conditions (2010), along with several edited collections.
CAALS will also celebrate this year’s event by featuring a master class conducted by Rankine for Detroit-area high school students. Over 300 students and teachers from Fordson, Cass Technical, Cody, Ferndale, Martin Luther King, Loyola, Detroit School for the Arts, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, and Inside Out Literary Arts Project will attend the class which begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Marygrove Theatre. Winners of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Contest will be recognized as well. Afterwards, students will enjoy lunch and a tour of the Marygrove College campus.

Claudia Rankine will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus.
Afterward, she will sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase.
The evening lecture is free and open to the community.

Support for this year’s CAALS event is provided in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Claudia Rankine, contact Erin Piscopink at 313-927-1438 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also visit: http://english.marygrove.edu/caals/claudia-rankine-2016.html.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For her book Citizen, Rankine won both the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories); and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in California and holds the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California’s Department of English.  

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Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

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Marygrove College Announces Community Greenspace Project & Crowdfunding Campaign

DETROIT, February 22, 2016—Marygrove College today announced a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform, Patronicity. Funds raised through this joint effort between Marygrove College, The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will support construction of the Charles McGee Community Commons, a greenspace planned for the Wyoming & McNichols corner of the Marygrove College campus.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $38,250 by its deadline of April 2, 2016, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

“Local residents in the northwest corridor of the city know that Wyoming & McNichols is an important neighborhood crossroads for travelers by foot, bus, and car enroute to local schools, hospitals, and small businesses,” said Marygrove College President Elizabeth Burns. “Our intention is to provide the community with a public space that telegraphs the revitalizing spirit, vitality, and resilience of both the neighborhood and this important intersection.”

In addition to featuring a relief sculpture by Kresge Eminent Artist Charles McGee, who has had a studio across the street from Marygrove College’s campus for 50 years, the Commons will also feature a seating area and walkway with permeable paving, a healing garden with low-maintenance plants and drip irrigation, technology access, and low-voltage LED lighting and signage.

The unveiling of the sculpture and the opening of this new green space is scheduled for September, 2016. A complete description of the project can be found at www.patronicity.com/mcgeecommons.

The design and construction of the Commons is part of "Connecting, Recognizing and Celebrating Neighborhood Creatives,” a larger civic-engagement made possible, in part, by a grant awarded to the college by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). Components of this project include:

  • Surveying and mapping creatives in Northwest Detroit to enrich connections and collaborations
  • Gathering Stories to preserve our neighborhood’s creative history
  • Celebrating Neighborhood Creatives: a culminating festival of music, dance and storytelling with the installation of the sculpture scheduled for September 2016

To follow the development of the Charles McGee Community Commons project and other civic-engagement initiatives, please stop by www.facebook.com/changingthevibe.

All donations are tax deductible. Those who wish to contribute to the Charles McGee Community Commons initiative can donate online at www.patronicity.com/mcgeecommons or by sending a check to:

Marygrove College/ Charles McGee
8425 West McNichols
Detroit, MI 48221.

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Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

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MUSTANG10 07 for emailMarygrove College recently announced the addition of their fourteenth sport, Men’s Lacrosse, as part of a growing athletic program that is set to join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic’s (NAIA) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) next year. Men’s Lacrosse will be added to the slate of offerings on Marygrove’s northwest Detroit campus in the 2012-13 academic year with competition beginning in Spring 2013.

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Marygrove College Launches Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Detroit, MI – June 15, 2015 – On Friday, July 3, Marygrove College will begin hosting a weekly Youth Entrepreneurship Program (Y.E.P. Detroit) designed to teach aspiring business owners between the ages of 6 and 14 about financial literacy, money management, and the essentials of becoming an entrepreneur. This is a five-week program that runs each Friday in July and costs $100.

Y.E.P. Detroit was designed and will be led by Sherika Cheney, M.Ed, in response to a still-sluggish job market, which is making it challenging for young people and recent college graduates to find financially-sustainable careers. “The Y.E.P. Detroit program is preemptive” said Cheney, “in that it teaches young people ages 6 to 14 how to develop, brand, and market their ideas, giving them access to transferrable skills that they will use in the university classroom and in the marketplace itself.”

Each Friday, grades 1-4 will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Grades 5-8 will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the campus of Detroit’s historic Marygrove College. Students will engage in hands-on lessons and activities designed to teach creative idea generation, book keeping, marketing and branding, as well as skills and strategies to help them develop a mission statement.

These classes are part of Marygrove’s Kids College Camps sponsored by the college’s Academic Success Center and Continuing Education departments. For more information and registration, contact Theresa A. Jordan by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (313) 927-1261. Additionally, Sherika Cheney can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Marygrove welcomes Andrea Lee as its twenty-seventh in Marygrove's Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series.

Lee will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Fiction writer and journalist Andrea Lee will be the twenty-seventh guest in Marygrove’s Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. She will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Lee is the author of a memoir: Russian Journal (1981), two novels: Sarah Phillips (1993) and Lost Hearts in Italy (2006), and a collection of short stories: Interesting Women (2002). She is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine and has been published in Vogue, Time, and the New York Times, among other publications. Russian Journal won a National Book Award nomination in 1981; Lee is also the recipient of the Jean Stein Award, granted by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1984.

An expatriate, Lee spans the globe in her work, taking readers from the Soviet Union to France, the United States, and Italy. Publisher’s Weekly proclaims Lee’s work is “infused with international glamour and a particular brand of American world-weariness.” Susan Richards Shreve writes, “Andrea Lee’s authority as a writer comes of an unstinting honesty and a style at once simple and yet luminous.”

Her work considers race both within national boundaries and beyond, providing a poignancy of perspective enriched by these border crossings. Veronica Chambers asserts that “in Lee’s work, there is the power of race, both when it is present and when it is not.” Indeed, Lee’s exploration of racial assimilation and privilege reveals the often fraught complexity of contemporary racial identity. Donna Seaman notes that Lee “deftly decodes the tricky dynamics of sexual, racial, and cultural trespass,” and observes that in her work, “each encounter is choreographed with the deadly elegance and precision of a fencing match.”

Lee earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Harvard University. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in Turin, Italy with her husband and two children.

Ms. Lee will be introduced by the renowned scholar, Mary Helen Washington of the University of Maryland.

This series at Marygrove College is an annual event bringing a nationally-known author to our campus for a public lecture and seminar with students. It began when the late Frederick P. Currier, a former Marygrove College trustee, attended a reception on campus and remarked that he would like to bring a national writer to Marygrove for a weekend. Mr. Currier’s start-up check soon followed his suggestion, and in 1989 nearly 600 guests of the College heard Gloria Naylor inaugurate the series.

Since then, through the generous support of corporate donors, foundations, advertisers, friends, alumni, the Marygrove College Board of Trustees, and particularly S. Martin Taylor of DTE Energy, Dr. Lillian Bauder of MASCO Corporation, and the Lillian and Donald Bauder Endowment, we have been able to keep the Series free and accessible to the entire metropolitan Detroit community. To date, over 8,000 people have joined us at the Friday night public reading to hear outstanding writers share their work. The Friday evening reading/lecture is followed by a book signing.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, this event is free and open to the public.

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Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest Winners Announced

DETROIT, March 10, 2015 — The Department of English and Modern Languages at Marygrove College has just completed the judging for the fifth year of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest, offered in conjunction with its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS). Named after nationally-renowned scholar, editor, essayist, and teacher Dr. Mary Helen Washington, and supported through the generosity of series sponsors Lillian and Don Bauder, this annual contest asks students to write essays in response to the works of the CAALS guest artist, which this year is writer and journalist Andrea Lee. Students were asked to present a critical analysis of Lee’s work or offer personal reflections on an aspect of her work that the student writer found significant.

The College is pleased to congratulate the 2015 winners, listed below with their schools:

First Prize:

McKenna Voss of Ferndale High School for her essay titled “My Roots Like to Roam.”

Second Prize (three winners):

Isobel Edwards of Ferndale High School for her essay titled “Identity.”

Emily Cole of Ferndale High School for her essay titled “Family Ties, Everlasting Home, and Definitions in “Anthropology.”

Shannon Gardner from Ferndale High School for her essay titled “A Relationship between Past and Present.”

Honorable Mentions (three winners):

Abdul Mahbub from Cass Technical High School for his essay titled “Helping Hands.”

Sakila Islam of Detroit International Academy for her poem titled “My Sisters Hide Knives in Their Mouths.”

Serene Abdouni from Fordson High School for her essay titled ‘Culture and Heritage.”

The first and second-prize winners will receive their certificates of achievement and awards, and the students receiving honorable mentions will receive their certificates of achievement at the Master Class with Andrea Lee on April 17.

This year marks the 27th Anniversary of the Bauder Contemporary American Authors Lecture, and features a reading and book signing by Ms. Lee, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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Marygrove College and Gesu Catholic Church to host free tax foreclosure workshops

DETROIT, March 10, 2015— The Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies and Gesu Catholic Church are collaborating to host two free tax foreclosure workshops for Detroit and Wayne County residents. The first will be this Saturday, March 14, from 1-4 p.m. in the Main Dining Hall of the Madame Cadillac Building at Marygrove College, 8425 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221. The second will be on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Social Hall of Gesu Catholic School, 17139 Oak Drive, Detroit, MI 48221.

Counseling will be provided by staff members from the United Community Housing Coalition and Michigan Legal Services. Marygrove students and Gesu parishioners are among the volunteers coordinating these workshops.

Although these workshops are intended for residents of the northwest Detroit communities near Marygrove and Gesu, any Wayne County residents who are facing foreclosure may attend. They should bring the following documents with them:

  • A copy of the deed or lease (if available)
  • A driver’s license or state identification card
  • A recent DTE bill, phone bill, or other letter with the resident’s name and address on it
  • Any and all correspondence from Wayne County


Of the 97,000 Wayne County properties subject to foreclosure this year, 62,000 are located in the city of Detroit; of these, more than 50,000 are occupied. Twenty-thousand more are in reversion (again in foreclosure after being bought at previous tax auctions, often leaving unsuspecting occupants in danger of losing their homes).

United Community Housing Coalition is a Michigan non-profit dedicated to the prevention of homelessness, and Michigan Legal Services is a Michigan non-profit anti-poverty advocacy group, both active in Detroit for the past 40 years. In 2003, at the behest of the late Detroit City Council President Maryann Mahaffey, they formed the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project, through which they have helped well over 10,000 families keep their homes.

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8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221
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Marygrove sophomore Jeremy Otto is featured on We Are the Independents, an outreach program of the Michigan Colleges Alliance – a collective of the top 15 excellent independent colleges and universities located throughout Michigan—including Marygrove College.

Here is Jeremy’s profile:
My name is Jeremy Otto and I'm a sophomore at Marygrove College. My major is business, but I hope to get into the broadcasting field when I graduate. This is my sixth year working in broadcasting, a journey which began when I was a freshman at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School.Jeremy-Otto At first I was a little leery to go on-air, but this is something that has grown into a passion for me. I worked very hard in high school, covering 60-80 games alone for U of D while also serving as the network, play-by-play voice for the Detroit Catholic League video championship productions beginning my sophomore year.

Following graduation, I was "recruited" by Marygrove’s Sports Information Director, Tim Johnson, to help form a deeper broadcasting footprint at the college. When I arrived here as a freshman, Marygrove was only covering men's and women's basketball. With my help, the department expanded to cover men's and women's soccer and volleyball. This year, we added the element of live video to every home broadcast; we will also add baseball to the list of sports covered, since the program is in its first year of existence.
Besides serving the role of play-by-play announcer for all broadcasts on the Mustang Sports Network, our live streaming platform, I also work as a student sports information assistant. This involves a wide range of duties including producing video content and updating social media for the athletic department. This year I also had the opportunity to call the Detroit Catholic High School League Game of the Week on 92.7 FM & 1400 AM, The Patriot. I also work with CMNTV as a fill-in announcer for their coverage of high school sports on local television in Oakland County.

What motivates you to succeed?
What motivates me to succeed at Marygrove are the opportunities that have already been presented to me and the ones waiting ahead. I realize the only way to open up new doors is to keep working hard—or even harder than I am right now.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I have a few: one would be simply how fast the Mustang Sports Network has grown and improved in the less than two years it has been in existence. We continue to add elements to the broadcast to make it the best it can be. Another accomplishment would be getting my first radio gig at 92.7 & 1400. Before this year, all my work had been broadcasted via streaming. 

What is your next big goal?
My next big goal is to break into the broadcasting industry after I graduate. I want to build upon the experience I already have and then take it to the next level. 

Why do you believe it is important to choose your own path?
This is important because every person is a unique; no one has the same path to success or life. It is ok to look up to and emulate people in your potential field, but it is important to realize that you are your own person. 

What is your favorite place on campus?
The athletic facilities and offices. This is where I spend the majority of my time…I love what I do!

The We Are the Independents campaign was launched in late 2014 to promote the benefits Michigan’s private colleges have to offer. To learn more about it and the Michigan Colleges Alliance, go to: http://wearetheindependents.com/

 

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8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221
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Partnership Brings Southwest Detroit High School Students to Marygrove

DETROIT, Jan. 21, 2015—On Thursday, Jan. 22, approximately 58 Detroit Cristo Rey High School (DCRHS) students, Frank Venegasalong with their parents, will meet on the campus of Marygrove College to be oriented into a dual enrollment program that will help them earn college credit when they become seniors in the fall of 2015.

Detroit Cristo Rey seniors with the skills to succeed in college, and was inspired by local businessman Frank Venegas, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Detroit-based Ideal Group. Venegas was instrumental in the growth of Cristo Rey, and his love of the students has led him to his latest venture, helping Cristo Rey students get ready for college

The program brings in over 50 seniors each week to Marygrove’s campus, Monday through Thursday. Students take humanities and math courses taught by Marygrove professors and are in class alongside Marygrove students. This provides Cristo Rey students with opportunities to not only earn free college credit, but helps equip them for their freshman year through real college experiences.

Venegas’ idea to send Cristo Rey students to Marygrove is based on the close connection he feels to its students. He also saw a need to help support students who are often the first in their families to attend college. Higher education is a new experience for many students’ families—some find the process of preparing for college difficult and scary. Sending students to Marygrove gives these students the tools they need to be better prepared.

“Frank comes from a place that has a deep love for the community and an amazing depth of commitment to Detroit,” said Marygrove President Dr. David J. Fike. “His enthusiasm is infectious and his idea was a great one, so we committed to make it happen. In developing the program, we took a conscious developmental approach consistent with best practices in education, and specially designed courses with these students in mind. We are focused on giving them the opportunity to hone their college skills, keep them prepared, and orient them to paths of study.”

Dual-enrollment programs are a cost-effective way to earn college credit while still in high school, but Marygrove and Detroit Cristo Rey have an innovative approach to the current paradigm. “This isn’t just an introduction to the college catalog, or a way for students to pile up college credits. We are immersing them in the college experience,” Fike explained.

Now in its second year, the program has proven successful. In fact, seven students who participated in the program last semester are currently enrolled at Marygrove College and enrollment is up for the winter semester as well. Additionally, the College has expanded its curriculum and the students are pleased with their progress.

Karina Cebrero-Moreno, a former DCRHS student who took advantage of the dual-enrollment program and is currently a full-time student at Marygrove, has described the program as a “huge blessing,” one that challenged her, helped make the transition from high school to college much easier, and allowed her to get ahead. “As a dual-enrollment student, I was lucky because I was able to form relationships with Marygrove professors while I was still in high school,” said Cebrero-Moreno. “I got to know them; I got to know the students, so once I became a Marygrove student I didn’t feel alone. I wasn’t lost in my classes and I already knew where I wanted to go with my education.”

Although DCRHS, located in southwest Detroit, educates students from forty zip codes, the student population is predominantly Hispanic. Venegas, with an acute cultural knowledge of his community, understands how significant family is to DCRHS students; some are reluctant to go off to college and leave their families to pursue higher education. “Marygrove is a perfect fit for these kids,” Venegas says. “Family is important to them. They can stay at home, work at home, help at home, and go to school locally, all while earning a college degree.”

ABOUT IDEAL GROUP
Founded in 1979, the Ideal Group employs nearly 500 people with annual revenues approaching $250 million. The Ideal Group consists of seven companies including, Ideal Contracting, Ideal Setech, Ideal Setech Share-The-Spare, Ideal Shield, Ideal Surplus Sales and newly formed Ideal Utility Supply. Ideal is a ten time General Motors Supplier of the Year, has received multiple safety awards and is a member of the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council (MMSDC), Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Located in Southwest Detroit, the Ideal Group believes in taking care of the community in which it resides. Using this philosophy, Ideal Group works with non-profits in Southwest Detroit including Detroit Cristo Rey, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC), LA SED, Ser Metro, Southwest Environmental Vision (SDEV), and private projects such as Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt and Scarcyny Park & Gardens. For more information, visit www.weareideal.com.

ABOUT DETROIT CRISTO REY HIGH SCHOOL
Detroit Cristo Rey High School is a coed Catholic high school that provides high-quality college preparatory education to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit. The school is sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Congregation of St. Basil. Cristo Rey utilizes a longer school day and year, academic assistance, and counseling to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. All students at Cristo Rey participate in a work study program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, realize the relevance of their education, and look forward to a brighter future.

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Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.
8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221
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