Center Line High School senior Marcos Flores, left, with his mom Primavera Flores, received a $40,000 scholarship from Dollars for Scholars to attend Eastern Michigan University.

Center Line High School senior Marcos Flores, left, with his mom Primavera Flores, received a $40,000 scholarship from Dollars for Scholars to attend Eastern Michigan University.

Photo provided by Audrey Kary


CLHS student receives $40,000 college scholarship

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published April 21, 2021

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CENTER LINE — Center Line High School senior Marcos Flores has always had an entrepreneurial spirit.  

Flores will be able to further explore his passion when he enrolls at Eastern Michigan University this fall on a $40,000 full academic scholarship. The scholarship was made possible through the high school’s partnership with the Detroit Regional chapter of Dollars for Scholars.

Flores learned he received the scholarship during a surprise in-person announcement at school March 26. Several staff members and his mom Primavera Flores were present. Dollars for Scholars Executive Board Member David Provost and CLHS Dollars for Scholars Adviser Audrey Kary attended virtually.

“I was just kind of shocked and kind of processing it. I could tell my mom was excited,” Flores said. “She was happy. I’m happy I can make her proud.”

The Detroit Regional chapter of Dollars for Scholars works with several local high schools to offer scholarships for students’ postsecondary education. The nonprofit organization provides 10 students each year, per high school, with a $4,000 scholarship after three years of successfully completing the program.

“It’s all donor-funded,” said Kary, who is also the CLHS student council adviser.

Flores not only received a $4,000 scholarship, but also applied for the $40,000 scholarship and was chosen as the recipient. Both scholarships will cover tuition, room and board, meals, and textbooks. Kary has known Flores since he was a freshman and grew emotional when she learned he won the $40,000 scholarship.

“I was super excited and I cried,” she said. “I am watching him grow up. He has a special place in my heart. He’s always had that entrepreneurial drive. I’m just super proud of him.”

Students participate in the Dollars for Scholars scholarship program from their sophomore year until graduation. While in the program, they participate in college campus visits, receive postsecondary application assistance, attend etiquette and networking workshops, SAT preparation and more.

Located in Ypsilanti, EMU was one of the campuses Flores and the other students visited. Flores’ grandfather and grandmother are EMU graduates.

“I’m excited to be on my own for a while,” he said.

With an interest in real estate and the stock market, Flores will study business and economics. Looking towards the future, co-owning a business also is a possibility.

“I want to know I can live comfortably and have money coming in,” the scholarship recipient said.

To enter into the Dollars for Scholars program, students must have a 3.0 GPA and write an essay regarding a life obstacle. Once a student graduates from high school, that does not end their participation in Dollars for Scholars, as recipients can stay connected through the organization’s alumni network.

In his spare time, Flores plays piano and guitar. He’d also like to learn violin, an instrument his mother plays.

CLHS principal Andrea Szabo posted the announcement about Flores’ scholarship on her YouTube page.

“When I heard the news that Marcos was the recipient of this scholarship, I knew this was another example of a life changing opportunity that had been provided for one of our students,” Szabo said in an email. “Marcos is destined to do great things and now can do so without the worries of the financial burden of continuing his education at Eastern Michigan University. We are truly grateful for our partnership with Dollars for Scholars and honored that Mr. Provost saw the potential in one of our students.”

For more information on Dollars for Scholars, visit drdfs.org.

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