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Walsh Joins Detroit Promise as First Bridge Partner

Walsh will allow qualified students graduating from community college to transfer and continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree.


TROY, Mich. Jan. 8, 2020 – In an effort to provide more students with the opportunity to advance their learning, Walsh has entered into a partnership with Detroit Promise, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, offering transfers and scholarships to Detroit Promise two-year students graduating from a participating community college, beginning in the winter 2020 semester.

“For more than 50 years, Walsh has provided an accessible, seamless pathway for community college students to finish their degree at a nationally ranked, private institution. We are very proud to continue this practice as the first bridge partner for the Detroit Promise,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO of Walsh.

Walsh has committed to being an unlimited partner to Detroit Promise, which means they will provide a tuition-free path to an unlimited number of Detroit Promise students who meet the general requirements.

To qualify for the transfer to Walsh, Detroit Promise community college students must have 60 credits or an associate degree from a participating community college: Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College or Wayne County Community College District.

If the student meets these qualifications, they can apply to transfer to Walsh subsequently applying to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Since 2013, the Detroit Regional Chamber has administered the Detroit Promise, which is funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and university partners. Through this funding, the program ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate, technical certificate, or bachelor’s degree at participating community colleges and four-year universities.

For more information on the Detroit Promise please visit

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

Detroit Promise scholarship, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating from a high school in the city will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate at participating community colleges, or a four-year degree at participating universities. Since 2013, the Chamber has administered the Detroit Promise (formerly the Detroit Scholarship Fund), which is privately funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation to fulfill Gov. Rick Snyder’s pledge. In 2016, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the Detroit Promise Zone authority to dedicate a portion of tax dollars to permanently fund the two-year scholarships.

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