Detroit Cristo Rey Receives $400,000 Grant from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and $72,000 from The Skillman Foundation

Dec 20, 2012, 11:44 ET from Detroit Cristo Rey High School

DETROIT, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Cristo Rey High School, a high school located in southwest Detroit providing high-quality education to 248 underserved students in the city of Detroit, received awards from two foundations:

  • The Kellogg Foundation $400,000 award, distributed over two years, will support the school's corporate work study program.  All students at the innovative school spend five days a month working with local businesses, which helps fund their education and also provides valuable professional experience.  The grant will help cover costs for staffing the work study office and transportation for the students.
  • The Skillman $72,000 award will be used to fund an English teacher position at the school and a work team of four students for the Skillman offices.  This award marks the sixth consecutive year of giving by the Skillman Foundation, including an award that helped launch the school back in 2008.

"We are incredibly grateful," said Mike Khoury, president.  "As we work to support our increasing student enrollment with academics and work study opportunities, these awards will play a key role in our financial stability.   We are dedicated to being good stewards as we use these funds to educate our students, preparing them for college and beyond." 

Detroit Cristo Rey High School, one of 25 U.S. high schools following the Cristo Rey model, graduated 100% of its seniors last May, with every student receiving at least one college acceptance.  The only co-ed Catholic high school in the city, it serves a diverse population of both Catholic and non-Catholic students. For more information, visit

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit

The Skillman Foundation.  Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children.  Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods—Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody Rouge, Chadsey Condon, Northend Central Woodward and Southwest Detroit Neighborhoods – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.

SOURCE Detroit Cristo Rey High School