Promise Zone

The Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network guarantees resident graduates of Hazel Park High School, a tuition-free path to an Associate’s Degree. This scholarship program insures all students will have the opportunity to enroll in some form of postsecondary education without finances as a barrier. The Promise Zone also coordinates the Hazel Park College Access Network, which uses the collective impact framework to align college access partners in the educational, governmental, nonprofit, and business communities. Through these efforts, we have been able to use our scholarship program as a catalyst for the creation of college and career exposure opportunities for students.

We are also focused on developing programming to assist students with preparing for college and through the college admissions and financial aid processes. This has included college and career exposure events, skilled trades training programs, and connection to paid internship opportunities, among other services. Additionally, our Hazel Park High School Success Coach works with our scholarship recipients once they enroll in college. 

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2021 College Success Handbook

The 9th Annual Hazel Park Promise Zone dinner will take place on Wednesday, March 9, from 5:30 to 8 pm., at the Regency Banquet Hall (25228 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield).

Tickets cost $75.00 per person.

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The virtual event last year raised $25,000 last year compared to $21,000 the year before.

The goal this year is to raise $50,000.

The Hazel Park Promise Zone was founded in 2010 and began providing scholarships for Hazel Park High School’s Class of 2012.

College Advising

Our College Adviser works hard to assist each and every Hazel Park High School seniors through the college exploration, admissions, and financial aid processes. The Promise Program is thrilled to be able to provide this service to students and encourages students of all ages and their parents to reach out to our College Advisor to begin planning for life after high school.

 College Advisor can help you with

  • Completing your (FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Identifying your future college or university
  • Scholarship Search

College Coaching

The Postsecondary Success Coach provides academic and personal support to Hazel Park Promise students enrolled in postsecondary education. The goal of Success Coaching is to increase semester-to-semester persistence, credit accumulation, and graduation rates for students.

What does success coaching provide students?

  • Delivers comprehensive, proactive coaching to Promise students enrolled and preparing to enroll in postsecondary education
  • Communicates with each student throughout the fall and winter semesters, via phone calls, text, email, and one-on-one communication.
  • Check-in with each student at least twice during the summer.
  • Reviews student progress data and plans for the upcoming semester.
  • Creates a resource guide with information on key resources at each institution where students are enrolled.

Promise Zone Scholarship

How does it work?

  • Students who attend OCC (and continuously reside in Oakland County) are guaranteed two years’ worth of full tuition and fees, either through Pell Grant funding or a Hazel Park Promise Scholarship (Promise funding is available for six years after high school graduation.
  • A student attending in-state, non-OCC, institution is eligible for up to $1,500 per semester for a total of $6,000. (If awarded Pell Grant dollars exceed $1,500 no Promise Zone money will be awarded. Pell grant dollars awarded in a given semester will be subtracted from that $1,500. Ex: if student receives $1,000 in Pell Grant, the Promise Zone will pay $500.)
  • A student must submit a Promise Zone scholarship application and inform the Promise Zone Executive Director which school he/she will be attending prior to course registration. The scholarship application opens in October of a student’s senior year and will be sent to all seniors via email.
  • A student’s FAFSA must be fully processed by a college or university in order for that student to receive Promise Zone funding. This includes any additional verification documentation which may be requested by the student’s college or university following initial FAFSA submission.
  • A student attending a school other than OCC must submit an electronic copy of his/her registration bill prior to the start of each semester. OCC will bill the Promise Zone directly. All scholarships are sent directly to the college or university.
  • All students must submit copies of their grades at the end of each semester in order to receive the following semester’s funding. The GPA requirement for continued funding is 2.0.
  • Eligibility for full scholarship, as described above, is as follows: entering district in 5th grade or earlier = 100% of award, 6th-8th = 90%, 9th = 75%, 10th = 50%, 11th = 30%, 12th = 20%

Promise Zone News

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January 3, 2022
Fox 2 Detroit - Spotlight 2021
March 1, 2021
Hazel Park Promise Zone Virtual Fundraising Dinner
March 31, 2020
WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7 Spotlight 2020
February 25, 2020
Hazel Park Raises Money for Scholarships
Dinner March 3rd
(248) 658-5183

Program Manager
Brandon Gleaton

Postsecondary Success Coach
Moussa Traore

College Adviser
Desiree Quinn

Hazel Park High School                   
23400 Hughes Avenue                   
Hazel Park, MI 48030 

Please send donations to:
Hazel Park Promise Zone Authority 501(c)(3)
P.O Box 514
Hazel Park, MI 48030