Ajanae McCree graduated from Cass Technical High School in 2018 and went on to attend Grand Valley State University with the help of the Detroit Promise. They are majoring in social work with an interest in becoming a school social worker. Ajanae works for TRIO TPSSS, an on-campus student services center, and is a member of the African Student Council, Trio SSS, and Women in Business. Going to college three hours from home, Ajanae said she had to adjust to being surrounded by people who do not look like her, a new city, and creating effective study habits. Ajanae will graduate from GVSU in May 2022. After graduation, Ajanae wants to receive a master’s in social work then become licensed to be a school social worker.
Ajanae’s advice to incoming Detroit Promise freshmen: “Find a mentor. During my first two years of college I had two mentors and they helped me have a smooth transition to college and provided me with insight regarding my major and the career path I am pursuing.”
The Detroit Promise scholarship has impacted me by helping minimize my student loan debt. I am able to focus on my career goals, instead of worrying about how I am going to pay for college.”