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Examining efforts to provide scholarships to local students

Posted at 8:36 AM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 08:36:26-04

(WXYZ) — In tonight's 7 UpFront segment we're looking at a local nonprofit that is supporting needs in its community and also providing opportunities through college scholarships.

We're being joined by the immediate past Chairman of the Southeast Michigan Omega Foundation Incorporated Ross Monts to talk about it.

You can see the full interview in the video player above.

"The Southeast Michigan Omega Foundation serves to help empower African American male youth through the provision of college scholarship funds and mentoring programs," Monts says. "We provide scholarships each year, this year we've actually increased the number that we give out, but we are going to be awarding scholarships to 8 students graduating from high schools in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Macomb counties. We have our flagship mentoring program that serves over 30 youths and that's based in Oakland County, and we are working on plans to expand our mentoring work into Wayne County for the '21-'22 school year."

Update: Since appearing on 7 UpFront, SMOFI (Southeast Michigan Omega Foundation Incorporated) has raised more than $76,000 in scholarship funds for underprivileged students. With a goal of reaching $49,000, the organization brought in approximately $76,591 in monetary donations.