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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 Great Lakes Bay Region (Bay, Midland and Saginaw Counties). 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. More than 90 percent of those students attended college, and 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 more than 600 students from the region. About 100 new students enter the program each year. 

Program Supported by A Chocolate Affair Fundraiser

The ultimate goal is to establish a $2 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.

In 1991, the Delta College Foundation began sponsoring the annual Holiday Preview Benefit at Jacobson's in Saginaw. Although this event received enthusiastic support from the Great Lakes Bay Region 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. We appreciate the continued support area residents have provided to this very popular and successful special event.

Questions about A Chocolate Affair should be directed to Mary Harding, Coordinator of Special Events and Scholarships, at (989) 686-9226 or maryharding@delta.edu.


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