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Sean Anderson Foundation donates $15K for Wayne State’s HIGH Program

May 31, 2017


The Sean Anderson Foundation has donated $15,000 to benefit Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program. The funds will be used to provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.

This is the second gift from the Sean Anderson Foundation in support of the HIGH Program. In 2016, the foundation created a $25,000 endowment for the program, exemplifying recording artist Big Sean’s commitment to improving the quality of life of young people. A native Detroiter, Big Sean established the Sean Anderson Foundation to provide better opportunities for those in need.

“It’s such a pleasure to support a program that has an immediate impact on students facing hardship,” said Myra Anderson, president of the foundation and Sean’s mother. “The HIGH Program, through its support and encouragement offered to students, is making a difference in their lives. We are excited to offer our support through the foundation.”

Wayne State’s first lady Jacqueline Wilson founded the HIGH Program in 2013 when she met a Wayne State student who had experienced homelessness while attending school. Reports indicate student homelessness is a nationwide issue, and Wilson’s program offers a strategic response to this issue at Wayne State. Students in the HIGH Program receive short-term assistance with the goal of returning students to long-term stability and helping them complete their degree.

“The Sean Anderson Foundation has been a past supporter of the HIGH Program through generous financial support assisting students in need,” said Wilson. “With this gift, the foundation is continuing its commitment to help Wayne State students who are experiencing homelessness move forward to a rewarding future.”

More information about Wayne State’s HIGH Program can be found at highprogram.wayne.edu.

About the Sean Anderson Foundation

The Sean Anderson Foundation was founded in 2012 by recording artist Big Sean. Sean’s vision is to improve the quality of life for young people and their families. The foundation accomplishes this by partnering with other established organizations, by providing avenues for supplemental educational, cultural, health and recreational programs, and through its signature educational program, Mogul Prep.

About the HIGH Program

The HIGH Program was founded in 2013 to address student homelessness at Wayne State University. The vision of the HIGH Program is a university community where no student must choose between higher education and survival. The mission of the program is to support students who struggle to balance their Wayne State University studies with meeting life’s most basic needs of food, shelter and childcare.