New opportunities: Gift to provide funding for Detroit youth

A new $5 million gift from Joan and Sanford Weill’s Family Foundation to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan will help bolster education and create workforce opportunities for disadvantaged and underrepresented youth in Detroit.

The gift will be divided into two major parts to provide support for U-M as well as high school students in the state. Half of the money will be used to create a Youth Fund which will be used to support collaborations with NAF, a national nonprofit organization helping public high school education, to create opportunities for youth in Detroit and its surrounding communities.

The other half will establish the Weill Scholars Fund, which will provide tuition support and stipends for graduate students at the Ford School who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and are committed to advancing diversity in public policy.

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