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WDET Interview with President M. Roy Wilson- 2017 Baroudeur to Benefit Homeless Students
"(HIGH) started off to help homeless students, but the need is much greater than students that are homeless," says President Wilson.

NEW Employment Opportunities - Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
We are excited to share great employment opportunities that are available now at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Wayne state's high program partners with goodwill industries of greater detroit
The Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program is excited to announce partnership with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. This will be Goodwill's first partnership with a local college or university, and our collaboration will offer job training and educational opportunities for both Wayne State students and Goodwill program participants.

Baroudeur - Get Ready to Ride August 19, 2017!

HIGH Program hosting food drive for new W Food Pantry- Monday, April 24th ​​​​​

Special Message from the HIGH Program- Student Success
The HIGH Program is excited to share the success of our first program graduate!

Special Message from the HIGH Program- Community Support
Once Displaced By Tragedy, A Family Receives A Home

HIGH Program featured in WAYNE Magazine

Combatting Student Homelessness to Ensure Detroit's Success
It is a common misconception that if someone has the means to go to college, they have the means to obtain basic necessities. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. There are Wayne State students who have to choose between paying tuition bills and paying for their basic needs like food and a living space. 

Best Buy College Student Deals for 2017 - For great deals and more, check out the link today: Best Buy Sweet Deals

Winter Coats Available Now - If you are in need of a winter coat, please email wsuhighprogram@wayne.edu.

Alumni Association Scholarships Available NOW - The Wayne State University Alumni Association offers scholarship opportunities for Wayne State students. Scholarships available include the David Adamany Endowed Scholarship and the Taylor A. Lewis MD and Cleveland Hurst Endowed Scholarship.

Volunteer Opportunity for HIGH Program Students- Williams Pavilion, a local retirement and assisted living facility, residents in need of volunteers to organize education programming and activities for its residents

College works to help homeless get degrees- Trenton Trib

Volunteering: More than a seasonal activity
Wayne State's HIGH Program — which stands for "Helping Individuals Go Higher" — is a year-round effort that depends upon volunteers and donor support.

The Wayne State University HIGH Program volunteers at Cass Community Social Services in honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, November 12 - November 20, 2016

Join the HIGH Program at the Student Center in honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
The Wayne State University HIGH Program will be hosting a table in honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week at the Student Center tomorrow, Thursday, November 17th from 11:30am- 1:00pm.

The HIGH Program donates clothing to the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Volunteers needed to serve as balloon handlers for Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Wayne State volunteers are needed as balloon handlers for the Kermit the Frog balloon at America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.

"More litter? That's a good sign, says Wayne State President" - David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 11:10pm, EDT October 16, 2016
Four years into his term as president of Wayne State University, M. Roy Wilson sees a future of growth at Detroit school.

Wayne State University HIGH Program to participate in National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
This is a time for us to reflect on what we are thankful for and share our compassion with those in our community who are experiencing the threat of homelessness. 

Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation gifts $30,000 to Wayne State's HIGH program
The Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation has given $30,000 to Wayne State University's HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program to help provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.

First Lady Jacqueline Wilson to speak about the HIGH Program
Join us on Wednesday, October 5th at the Student Center in room Hilberry B.

Wayne State Night at Comerica Park a big success
Watch the slide show for pictures and video from the game

The Department of Communication is now accepting applications for an Assistant Professor and Basic Course Director.
Click the link above to learn more and apply now!

Check out these great Career Planning Workshops offered through the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
Don't miss the opportunity to get a head-start in preparing for your career!

Urban University blog post features HIGH Program
Check out the recent Urban University blog post above!

Featured Student Story- Wayne State University's HIGH Program
"I hope that the HIGH Program may continue to benefit students that have great need and that all may have the same blessing that I have had."

2016 Baroudeur cycling event at WSU!
The HIGH Program participated in the 2016 Baroudeur cycling event that took place on August 20, 2016 on Wayne State's Midtown campus. Members from the HIGH Program were even invited to speak on stage about our mission. Great work to everyone who rode in this year's event!

Once-homeless Mills College swimmer sets record
The Mercury News tells a powerful story about a Mills College junior, Melissa Berkay, who has set a world record for crossing the Catalina Channel while swimming the butterfly stroke.

Detroit Free Press: "WSU's bike rides join other alternatives to Dream Cruise"
Detroit Free Press article, "WSU's bike rides join other alternatives to Dream Cruise" celebrates this year's Baroudeur cycling event taking place on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

WSU receives grant to study, help homeless college kids
Detroit Free Press article features the McGregor Fund and its recent grant awarded to the WSU HIGH Program.

HIGH Program: Wayne State University's First Lady Talks About Her Mission With Helping Homeless College Students
Kristy Stanford CW50 "Street Beat" Web Exclusive sits down with Wayne State University's First Lady and Founding Director of the HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program, Jacqueline Wilson, to learn more about out how the HIGH Program is helping financially stressed students at Wayne State University reach their goals to graduate.

McGregor Fund gift will help at-risk students succeed at Wayne State
Wayne State University has received $200,000 from the McGregor Fund to develop a comprehensive plan for students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, as well as those experiencing difficulty in meeting basic non-academic needs.

HIGH Program Volunteers - A great team supporting a great mission!
HIGH Program Volunteers show their Wayne State pride ("W" for Wayne State!) while enjoying a pizza party together after a productive day of engaging with the Detroit community.

Mike Illitch School of Business Groundbreaking Event celebrates forthcoming building scheduled to open in 2018
Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson and First Lady Jacqueline Wilson, Ilitch Holdings' President and CEO Christopher Ilitch, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were in attendance.

10th Annual Swing for the Students features Salma Al Azmeh, President of Volunteers for the Wayne State HIGH Program
Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business Alumni Association's 10th Annual Swing for the Students golf event took place on Monday, July 18th. Mark S. Lee, President of The LEE Group, and host of "Small Talk with Mark S. Lee", broadcasted live from the event and featured Salma Al Azmeh as a guest speaker.

Need to Talk Radio Show Features Mrs. Jacqueline Wilson, the First Lady of Wayne State University
On June 22, 2016, Mrs. Wilson, First Lady of Wayne State University was featured Need to Talk to explain the HIGH Program assistance for Wayne State students.

Spread love in Detroit. Drop-off donuts to your local police department.
President M. Roy Wilson and First Lady Jacqueline Wilson of Wayne State commend local law enforcement for their service and everything they do for the great City of Detroit.

BudgetWise Financial Solutions LLC provides FREE Financial Workshop to HIGH Program students
Samirian Hill and BudgetWise Financial Solutions, LLC provided a FREE Financial Literacy Workshop to Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program students on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The workshop taught students about personal money management, setting financial goals, controlling spending, debt management, and building wealth.

HIGH Program Featured on The Pulse with Karen Dumas
Mary Barden, Director of Development for the HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) program, was a guest on 910 AM's "The Pulse with Karen Dumas" to discuss how Wayne State University is helping homeless students and those in need. The organization, founded by Wayne State First Lady Jacqueline Wilson, recently received $25,000 from the Sean Anderson Foundation to establish an endowment. The funds will be used to provide support to students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.

Local Counselors speak out on the issue homelessness and the impact it has on students
Local Counselors Dr. Deborah Spence and Dr. Sabrina Black have recently joined the WSU HIGH Program in our mission to spread awareness of student homelessness and how YOU can help.

President Wilson honored for commitment to equality and justice
Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson and U.S. District Judge Terrence G. Berg were recently honored at the second annual Justice Award Tribute for dedicating their lives to equality and justice.

Sean Anderson Foundation creates $25,000 endowment for Wayne State HIGH Program
The Sean Anderson Foundation has committed $25,000 to establish an endowment for the Wayne State University HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program.

Wayne State program helps struggling students achieve dream
Wayne State University's Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) Program was recently featured in an article in the Detroit Free Press highlighting the program's mission to help promising students like Amari McGee achieve their goal of graduating from Wayne State. Read the Detroit Free Press article by following the above.

Student working to create safe spaces for youth experiencing transience through award-winning non-profit organization, The Millennial Trans Project (MTP)
Help support Courtney Smith's mission to help ensure that every young person has a place to call home and has a voice through her campaign, "Trailblaze for Transient Youth".

Community Chorus of Detroit Honors the Homeless
We are humbled by the Community Chorus of Detroit and their efforts on the fight against homelessness. The Community Chorus of Detroit honored the homeless during their Dream Keepers concert which took place this past weekend, May 20 - May 21. "We love our community and we do all we can to give back" - Chorus Executive Director, Diane Linn

Wayne State Athletes Help the Homeless
For the seventh year in a row, WSU athletes show their compassion to the homeless and less fortunate by distributing much needed toiletry kits to Detroit's youth and adults. Check out the video HERE on Channel 7 Action News!

President Wilson and First Lady Jacqueline Wilson attend ACES day to promote prevention of childhood obesity and the importance of regular exercise 
An estimated 650 Metro Detroit schoolchildren converged onto the Matthaei Center on Wednesday, May 4, to participate in a worldwide event promoting the prevention of childhood obesity and the importance of regular exercise.       

Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure: Register for May 21st Event!                                                                                                                                                      

Detroit Homeless Documentary by Wayne State Student Whitney Nathan
Check out Whitney's project that discusses the issue of homelessness that many students face in colleges across the country.

Wayne State athletes support homeless individuals in Detroit
We are so proud of our student athletes and the great work they do for the people of Detroit!

Help remains elusive for homeless Michigan college students

WSU's HIGH Program is featured in Bridge Magazine's article by Ron French. Check out the link above to learn more!


APPLY NOW! The 2016 BrickHouse Security College Scholarship is Due May 1, 2016 

The 2016 BrickHouse Security College Scholarship is available for current or former law enforcement officers who were wounded in the line of duty. Funds can be used for your child's education, your education, or your spouse's college education. The Scholarships Deadline is May 1st, 2016. Follow the link above to apply now!


Wayne State President Wilson honored with INSIGHT Into Diversity's 2016 Giving Back award
Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson has been given the 2016 Giving Back award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for his work to propel underrepresented students toward science careers and increase the diversity of WSU's campus, among other initiatives. 


Wayne State to host inaugural cycling event through Detroit to fund college scholarships
Wayne State University announced that it will host its inaugural 100-mile urban cycling event, The Baroudeur, to raise scholarship dollars for WSU students in financial need on Aug. 22, 2015. Registration is open to the public at baroudeur.wayne.edu.

Wayne State University President M.R Wilson and First Lady Jacqueline Wilson are honored in the 2015 8th edition of Who's Who in Black Detroit

Wayne State University First Lady Jacqueline Wilson Advocates for HIGH Program
The HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program helps financially stressed students at Wayne State University reach their goal to graduate. First Lady of Wayne State University and Founder of the HIGH Program appears on this edition of Newsmakers Extended.

First Lady Jacqueline Wilson Named Michigan Chronicle 2015 Women of Excellence Honoree
The Michigan Chronicle, the region's oldest, most respected African American newspapers, recently announced its 2015 Women of Excellence Honorees. This year's Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Honorees include Wayne State University First Lady Jacqueline Wilson. In its 8th year, the induction ceremony for this year's Women of Excellence will take place on Friday, March 27, 2014 at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel.

Raising awareness of homelessness by sleeping out
Wayne State University First Lady Jacqueline Wilson talked about the need for greater awareness about homelessness in Detroit. "Sleep Out: Executive Edition," organized by Covenant House Michigan (CHM), is being held on Thursday evening to raise funds and awareness of the homeless problem. The event includes executives from over 40 companies sleeping in cardboard boxes with a sleeping bag on the grounds of CHM. On any given night Detroit has at least 5,000 homeless people spending the night on the streets.

WDET-FM - November 20,2014
WDIV-TV -  November 21,2014
WWJ-AM -  November 21,2014

Local Execs to Sleep in Cardboard Boxes to Raise Awareness, Funds for Homelessness
Crain's Detroit - August 14, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy - Reading and Rhythm Celebrity Reader
July 11, 2014

Homeless College Student Ditches Housing to Afford Tuition
Yahoo Finance - June 20, 2014

HIGH Program Meeting with MSHDA
Michigan State Housing Development Authority - June 19, 2014

HIGH Program Meeting with WDET 101.9FM
WDET 101.9FM - June 18, 2014

Covenant House Meeting to Discuss Partnership
Covenant House Michigan - June 17, 2014

HIGH Program Presentation for WSU Wellness Warriors
Wayne State Wellness Warriors - June 17, 2014

Homeless College Students and the Fight to Escape Poverty through Education
The Guardian - June 8, 2014

HIGH Program Tours Detroit Historical Museum
Detroit Historical Museum - May 6, 2014

A message for Michigan educators: Never think a poor child can't learn
Detroit Free Press - February 6, 2014

War on Student Homelessness
Michgian Chronicle - Janurary 29, 2014

Wayne State's first lady founds HIGH Program for students in need
Giving at Wayne - December 17, 2013

Wayne State's new first lady tackles homelessness
Detroit News - December 15, 2013

College Campuses See Rise In Homeless Students
USA Today College - October 21, 2013