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You can make the dreams of JRLA scholars a reality!
JRLA relies on the hard work and support of many individuals and institutions to ensure our scholars are on the path to and through college.

Financial Contributions

Sponsor a Scholar

The Michigan School-Aid Budget allocates funding for public education bodies, including traditional public and charter schools. While both entities provide 100% free and public education options to families across the state, charter schools and traditional public schools are NOT funded equally.  In addition, charter schools receive zero state funding for facilities.  


JRLA offers Detroit area students unique opportunities that they would not receive from any ordinary public school, which means we need to raise significant funds from private sources to bridge the gap and meet our ambitious educational goals.


Charter school students receive about 20% less in per-student funding than traditional public schools and even less compared to our suburban counterparts - this is not a small funding gap!  A $2,500 donation will help close the opportunity gap and give a JRLA Scholar:

  • School-sponsored college visits and summer programs 

  • Alumni support via a College Success Team

  • AP class offerings and dedicated SAT support

  • Wide variety of competitive sports and extracurricular activities

  • Real world experiences including internship opportunities

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On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select OPERATION GRADUATION (West Bloomfield, MI) so JRLA receives donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping!

Any level of support is appreciated.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, please send your donation to:

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
15000 Trojan Street
Detroit, MI 48235

You can also donate online via PayPal here:

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Whether it's a connect to a summer internship, a chance at a college visit, or unique resources for our families, there are many ways to support our efforts. For additional information on the partnership opportunities below, please email the corresponding team member for more information:


  • If you are a philanthropic organization who is interested in partnering with JRLA,  please email Michelle Ruscitti-Miller at

  • For college partnerships, please contact Malika Velinor, Dean of College, at

  • For internship and mentorship programming, please contact Katelyn Hoisington, Dean of Students, at

  • For providing resources directly to JRLA families, please contact Katteeva James, Dean of Operations, at .

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Many thanks to all of our partners and donors for their support!

Since 2018, JRLA has distributed a leadership award in conjunction with the Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic weekend. The award recognizes those who are truly dedicated to the mission of uplifting the JRLA scholars. 

2018 Recipients:

David Merritt, FATE Mentoring Program

Kuhu Saha, FATE Mentoring Program


2019 Recipients:

Katherine Grow, JRLA Alumni Success Coordinator

Eugene North, JRLA Leadership & Basketball Coach

Malika Velinor, JRLA Dean of College


2020 Recipients:

Kim Adams House, Jeep

Rosa Bailey, Jeep

Nathan Buelow, Jeep

Michael Manley, Jeep

Jim Morrison, Jeep


2021 Recipients:

Davis Elkins Foundation 

Tom & Holly Gores/Platinum Equity

Stephen Ross

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