Possible Dream Program
The mission of the Delta College Possible Dream program is simple. We seek to make the "dream" of college a reality for bright but economically disadvantaged students in the Tri-Counties of Central Michigan (Saginaw, Midland and Bay County). If we can help these students reach college, they will be able to fulfill other dreams and goals.
The idea for the Delta College "Possible Dream" Program arose from the actions of a New York philanthropist who sought to encourage a class of Harlem sixth graders to complete high school and attend college. The Harlem program was quite successful; over ninety percent of those students attended college. One key to that success was the recognition by students that college was possible.
In 1991, the Delta College Foundation established the Possible Dream Program. That year the program began with 45 students and has since expanded to over 600 students from Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. About 100 new students enter the program each year.
Program Supported by A Chocolate Affair Fundraiser
The ultimate goal is to establish a two-million endowment to provide ongoing support for the program. Fundraisers will continue to support the "Possible Dream" Program and additional money will be sought from individuals and foundations.
Since 1991, the Delta College Foundation has sponsored the Holiday Preview Benefit at Jacobson's in Saginaw. Although this event received enthusiastic support from the Tri-Counties community and raised a significant portion of the Possible Dream activities fund, unfortunately the Jacobson’s stored closed and a new fundraiser had to be invented. The new fundraiser, A Chocolate Affair, started in 2001 and has been going strong each year, now entering its eighth year. This event is very successful thanks to many members of the Great Lakes Bay Region community.
Questions about A Chocolate Affair should be directed to the Delta College Foundation Office at 686-9226 or send an email to Mary Harding.