With the 2019 tax year ending, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking Michiganders to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund.
Donations made to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund provide scholarships to young adults who have experienced foster care and are enrolled at a Michigan degree-granting college or university. Awards are paid to the students’ college or university to assist with tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies.
Approximately 13,000 children are in the Michigan foster care system at any given time. As they reach adult age, having adequate resources to attain their dream of a college education is critical to having a successful future. This scholarship provides some help with college expenses when no other assistance may be available.
Since 2012, fundraising efforts have totaled more than $1.2 million. This was done through individual donations, group donations, sponsorships, ticket sales, auctions and many volunteer-based fundraising events.
All of the money raised during the calendar year is distributed annually to scholarship recipients.
To make a charitable donation, complete and submit a MET Charitable Tuition Program Contribution form along with a check for any dollar amount made payable to the State of Michigan Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund. Contributions can also be made online by credit or debit card through the Fostering Futures Scholarship Donation Paysite, https://www.thepayplace.com/mi/treas/metcharitable/billpreview.aspx.
Charitable contribution forms postmarked or made online by Dec. 31 are eligible for a tax deduction in the year they are made.
For more information about the Fostering Futures Scholarship, go to www.fosteringfutures-mi.com.

—Robin Lott,
Executive Director, Michigan Education Trust