The Clarence Phillips Memorial Scholarships:
Every year, we as a Foundation give away close to $10,000.00 in scholarships to very deserving young minds. We look for aspiring young individuals that are looking to better themselves scholastically as well as in life. We give scholarships away in the categories of: academic excellence, community involvement as well as in performing arts.
This program is geared to take different groups of children to either a historical or cultural movie or theatrical play. This is geared to educate and bring an enlightenment of the historical events of the past that helped shape our existence from that time to the present. This is a Foundation funded trip where we originally took 32 children to see the movie, 42 (The Jackie Robinson Story). The next day, we held a seminar dealing with the subject matter of the movie and monumental historic events that surrounded the Civil Rights Movement. This is a 2 day process that has affected the lives of many of these children. This is an initiative that we do at least 3 times a year. It is because of this project that first started with the movie ‘42’ that we have used that as the name for all the ongoing outings that we take our children on.
The Ascend Foundation Presents the Lifetime Network 'Bring It' Camp and Showcase:
The Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation in collaboration with the DANCING DOLLS from the Lifetime Channel hit show BRING IT brought a 3 day dance camp and talent showcase to Pontiac High School for kids between the ages of 8-21. This particular weekend was FILMED for the upcoming season of the show on the Lifetime Network for one of its episodes!!! The second HUGE BONUS to this program was, ALL PROCEDES from the Sunday Showcase was donated by The Ascend Foundation to Pontiac Schools to help attack their deficit!!! This event had 86 dance camp participants as well as over 1,500 people who came out to witness the FINAL SHOWCASE!!!
Ascend Foundation Annual Kids Night of the Stars Talent Extravaganza Scholarship Program:
The Ascend Foundation Annual Kids Night of the Stars Talent Extravaganza Scholarship Program is a Kids Talent Showcase which serves as an excellent platform to highlight our young and gifted through the arts. This program brings the BEST of the BEST to the stage for one night of pure excitement. The talent pool consists of acts that come from all over the state of Michigan. This program has everything from: live bands, instrumental soloist, singers, multiple disciplines of dance, spoken word, theatrical skits and so much more. This is one of our biggest fundraising efforts to raise money for our scholarship fund. Every year we give out close to $10,000 in scholarship money to deserving students. This is a way to help us to maintain a continued effort to help our scholarship recipients obtain their educational goals and dreams as well as grow the amount of scholarships offered. This program also serves as a recognition program to celebrate community excellence and help us celebrate these extremely gifted children as well as the acknowledgement of some of our scholarship recipients.