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The HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program helps financially stressed students at Wayne State University reach their goal to graduate. The program provides resources for students-in-need, such as housing support, textbooks and other school supplies, clothing, transportation, and child-care assistance. The mission of the program is to ensure that no student abandons their dream of earning a degree solely because of housing or financial challenges. 

 

 

 

  • "With the little money I do make, I have to eat, live, buy books... I believe the HIGH Program actually cares about me and my struggle."Amari McGee
  • "The HIGH-Program is a necessary life chance for non-traditional students such as myself."DeShean McClinton
  • "I would like to thank the WSU H.I.G.H. Program for their support in helping me achieve my goal of earning an Bachelor's Degree."Anonymous, Junior at the College of Engineering
  • "I'm so blessed that High Program was able to help me in my time of need"WSU Senior, B.G.
  • "The High program gives students like me a chance to achieve their educational goals."Wayne State Senior 2016
  • "This was a relief not only because I didn’t have to miss work but it took the pressure off me to figure out what I was going to do to get my car repaired so I could focus on my studies. I am so grateful for the program and the staff who manage the program."Sheila Namakula, Junior, Double Major African American Studies and Urban Studies 
  • "Where would I be now if it weren’t for the HIGH program?"Ramsey Turkmani
  • "Wayne State University's HIGH Program is a life saver in more ways than one!"Timothy Thomason '15
  • Office of Counseling and Psychological ServicesDr. Sara Byczek
  • "Words cannot describe how thankful I am to be a part of this program."Rayven McMurray, WSU Student
  • "Her family was not in a position to help her and she would likely have to drop out of WSU."Dr. Justine Kane
  • "The HIGH Program did for me what I thought no one else could!"Jessica Jackson
  • "With their help I was able to stay focused on my school work rather than worry about finding a way to eat."Amanda Dufty
  • "I am writing to extend my sincere thanks for providing this outstanding educational opportunity"Taneeka Mack
  • "I am really grateful to the HIGH program and can’t thank you all enough for what you all have done for me!"E’lexis Gay
  • "It is with great certainty that I make these statements because of the generosity of the H.I.G.H Program"WSU Senior '15
  • It is because of this award that I can remain on course as a full-time student and graduate this April!Andrea Taube
  • "Without the books that were needed for my courses, I knew it was going to be nearly impossible to get the grades needed."College of Nursing Student, Class of 2020
  • "Thanks to the HIGH program, I can now afford to succeed. I will be able to finish this semester, register for next semester and complete my degree."Anonymous, Class of 2017
  • "The WSU HIGH program was definitely a blessing that I really needed."Anonymous, College of Engineering, Class of 2018
  • "Receiving this award has helped me reduce my financial burdens and has provided assistance for me as I continue pursuing my education." Vachal Moore Jr.- Communications Major Class of 2018
  • "I am not sure the position I would be in today if they weren't to offer support. It has been a gracious journey at Wayne State and it shows how many people care and want you to succeed."Anonymous, College of Education, Class of May 2017
  • "The HIGH program gathered funds for me that helped me get much needed text books for my program and monies to purchase personal hygiene items. The HIGH program is a life saver and I am glad that they have such a program to assist those who need it."Anonymous Proud Warrior
  • "The high program financial assistance has made it possible for me to be a productive asset to society. When I graduate with my degree I'll be able to provide a better lifestyle for my family."Anonymous, Candidate Masters, School of Social Work
  • I am very grateful to Mrs. Jacqueline Wilson and her staff for reaching out to me and helping me to continue my degree...Grateful Student
  • The program pursued every option possible to give me a place to lay my head at night...Austin Peterson
  • "I am very thankful for the assistance that I have received from the HIGH Program"WSU Senior '15
  • "I am on the brink of graduating because of the contributions of the HIGH Program"Richard Winfrey '14
  • "It means so much to know that there are people doing what they can to assist me in completing my educational goals."WSU Student, G.B.
  • The HIGH Program has aided me in succeeding this semester!Banen Al-Sheemary, Winter 2014
  • Without the HIGH Program, I wouldn't be in a position to complete my bachelor’s degree in social work :)Humbly, Michael Dubose
  • "The award will help me succeed as a student by providing me with nutrition and vitamins to allow my memory better perform during mid-terms and finals. It also will help by eliminating financial stress allowing me to focus directly on my classes and studies."Anonymous, Senior, School of Business
  • "The chance to graduate was almost out of my control and if was not for this program I would have been stuck in a financial standstill with my degree on hold."Senior, Class of 2016
  • "College is stressful enough without having to worry about having money for food, housing and transportation, the program helps alleviate and manage that stress"Colleen Messimer
  • "You should never give up even when it seems that all is lost."F. McNeill
  • "This award shows me that no matter what I go through, if I put my mind to it and work hard, my dream of receiving my degree in social work will come true." Tylia Henry, LLBSW
  • "The High Program has been nothing less than a miracle for me."Brian Keith Tillery
  • If it was not for their generosity, I probably would have to go back home without a degree.Brittany Hemphill
  • "There will always be life struggles and obstacles but the High program is one that you can count on."WSU Senior '14
  • "I needed some help. The HIGH Program was there for me"Khari Dickey '14
  • The High Program Award has enabled my continuation in the MSW program at Wayne State by investing in my ability to achieve success...WSU Candidate Masters, Social Work '16
  • "I cannot thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to graduate!"WSU Senior '14
  • "Your investment will not only assist me personally now, it will help countless vulnerable people who I am committed to serve in the future as a professional social worker."Luciana de Oliveira
  • "College is something that should be available to people who want it, and therefore any help (whether financially or other means) is of the utmost importance if they ever find themselves in circumstances that require it."Aaron Taylor