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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. 

 

 

 

  • "Obtaining this degree will be a blessing to me, because I will be the only person in my immediate family to graduate high school and college."Anonymous , School of Social Work, Class of 2017
  • "I am writing to extend my sincere thanks for providing this outstanding educational opportunity"Taneeka Mack
  • It is because of this award that I can remain on course as a full-time student and graduate this April!Andrea Taube
  • "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
  • "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
  • If it was not for their generosity, I probably would have to go back home without a degree.Brittany Hemphill
  • "Thank you again for assisting not only me but countless students who suffer from the same financial crisis as I did. This is a true blessing."Anonymous, ​​​​​​​Doctorate Student, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 
  • "Words cannot express enough how thankful I truly am and I cannot describe in enough detail how much you have helped me. Thank you so very much."Chastity M. Brown
  • "Where would I be now if it weren’t for the HIGH program?"Ramsey Turkmani
  • "I was in the final stretch of my undergraduate education, and the HIGH Program saw me through to the finish line....The HIGH Program truly cares about the success of Wayne State students, and I am overjoyed to be one of them." Steffani Traskos
  • "This award will also take off a significant part of the financial stress off our minds and help us focus more on our studies and succeed in academics."Hansamali Sirinimal
  • "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 
  • "Wayne State University's HIGH Program is a life saver in more ways than one!"Timothy Thomason '15
  • "With their help I was able to stay focused on my school work rather than worry about finding a way to eat."Amanda Dufty
  • The program pursued every option possible to give me a place to lay my head at night...Austin Peterson
  • "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
  • "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
  • 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'm so blessed that High Program was able to help me in my time of need"WSU Senior, B.G.
  • "It is with great certainty that I make these statements because of the generosity of the H.I.G.H Program"WSU Senior '15
  • "There will always be life struggles and obstacles but the High program is one that you can count on."WSU Senior '14
  • The HIGH Program has aided me in succeeding this semester!Banen Al-Sheemary, Winter 2014
  • 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
  • Without the HIGH Program, I wouldn't be in a position to complete my bachelor’s degree in social work :)Humbly, Michael Dubose
  • "I am extremely thankful for the HIGH program."Anonymous, Junior, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • "I am very thankful for the assistance that I have received from the HIGH Program"WSU Senior '15
  • "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 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
  • "Thanks to the HIGH Program, I can now afford to succeed and give back when I obtain my nursing degree to help others who were just like me. I would not have graduated this upcoming May had I not received you guys' help."Desiree R. Stokes, Senior, College of Nursing, Class of 2017
  • "This award, this program means so much to other students like myself, who have the drive and the goals, but still fall a little flat due to powers out of their control."Shelby Klobucar
  • "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
  • "The High Program has been nothing less than a miracle for me."Brian Keith Tillery
  • "When I saw the email from your program and read that I would be awarded the funds, I literally cried with joy. This award means that I can continue my education without interruption, and graduate from Wayne State University."Anonymous - Senior, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts
  • "The HIGH Program did for me what I thought no one else could!"Jessica Jackson
  • "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.
  • "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
  • "With my current situation, I found myself leaving home and at a risk of being homeless...Without the HIGH program, I would not be in the better off position that I am. Thank you for everything."Katelin Madaski
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Financial obstacles are always challenging for students who doesn’t have support. First, being awarded by my school is a signal of hope and motivation from the school to student not to give up and to strive for your goals."Ali Ismail
  • " I will now be able to pursue my life long dream after graduation after going through much financial struggle the past year. After working so hard to try and get by, it is a great feeling to know that there is help out there and I can complete my education."-Anonymous, Senior, College of Nursing, Class of 2017
  • "I am on the brink of graduating because of the contributions of the HIGH Program"Richard Winfrey '14
  • "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
  • "Words cannot describe how thankful I am to be a part of this program."Rayven McMurray, WSU Student
  • "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
  • "The HIGH-Program is a necessary life chance for non-traditional students such as myself."DeShean McClinton
  • "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 High program gives students like me a chance to achieve their educational goals."Wayne State Senior 2016
  • "The WSU HIGH program was definitely a blessing that I really needed."Anonymous, College of Engineering, Class of 2018
  • "I cannot thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to graduate!"WSU Senior '14
  • "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
  • "This program helped me in my time of need. I was in a position where my roommate moved out unexpectedly. My car note was due and so was my remaining tuition along with a couple other bills. I was running out of options...Without them I don’t know what I would have done. My only other option was to discontinue my final semester."Eboni Turner
  • "I needed some help. The HIGH Program was there for me"Khari Dickey '14
  • "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
  • "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
  • Office of Counseling and Psychological ServicesDr. Sara Byczek
  • "You should never give up even when it seems that all is lost."F. McNeill
  • "It’s been a tough journey and nearing the final hour stressed financially and emotionally. The generosity of donors supporting the HIGH Program, afforded me the opportunity to receive the support I required to maintain campus housing."Quanyaria Story