2023 Scholarship Luncheon

About Us

Since it was founded by The Detroit News and Detroit Public Schools in 1980, The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $2,000,000 in scholarship money to more than 1,000 high school seniors. The Foundation awards approximately forty $2,000 non-renewable scholarships annually.

Our Mission

The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to awarding scholarships to Michigan high school seniors who hold close to Mrs. Parks' ideals while demonstrating academic skills, community involvement and economic need.

Our Vision

To be the leading force in empowering and inspiring youth to reach their highest potential and advance the legacy of Rosa L. Parks.

Statement From The Board Regarding The Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to award scholarships to Michigan high school seniors who hold close to Mrs. Parks' ideals. Rosa Parks dedicated her life to dismantling Jim Crow segregation and the legacies of the institution of slavery. She fought for equal access, equal justice and fair outcomes. There is no doubt she would have been disappointed by the recent Supreme Court decision restricting the consideration of race in college admissions. Our mission to help provide college opportunities for all is more urgent than ever.