It all started when a group of men at the First Baptist Institutional Church of Hamtramck noted the difficulties of a young man, a member of the same church, matriculating at Highland Park Junior College. The young man was unable to secure financial assistance and thus unable to continue his education. To help the young man with his tuition, a group of men raised funds by selling barbeque dinners. Because of the favorable outcome, the group decided in September of 1959 to form an organization devoted to helping young people secure financial aid further their education. The original membership consisted of fourteen (14) courageous men. The name of the organization, "Men Who Dare" (MWD), was selected after a great deal of thought because it reflected the daringness of the undertaking at hand.
A non-profit scholarship and mentoring organization
613 Abbott St. Suite170, Detroit, MI 48226
In June 1964, the Men Who Dare was incorporated and chartered as a non-profit organization by the State of Michigan. The Federal Government, Department of Internal Revenue, granted the organization a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in December 1966.
The Men Who Dare, Inc. is a non-profit scholarship organization whose purpose is to help young men and women in the Detroit metropolitan community who aspire to attend college or trade school but have limited financial resources. These youth (male or female) must be enrolled or seeking full time enrollment in an accredited institution of higher learning. They must demonstrate a strong will to succeed. They must be able to document financial need in excess of their available resources. As an integral part of the Detroit area community, the Men Who Dare will establish alliances with institutions of higher learning, local government and other like-minded organizations that will improve its ability to support the organization's mission.
The membership of the Men Who Dare consists of men who are in good standing and are committed to making a difference. The elected officers of the Men Who Dare Inc. are the President, the Vice President and the Treasurer/Financial Secretary, all of which constitute the Executive Board.
The objectives of the Men Who Dare are to improve the legal, political, economic, educational and professional status of local area youth.
The Men Who Dare Structure and Purpose
The Men Who Dare is an organization of Detroit area men from various backgrounds organized to help local youth obtain a higher education. The Men Who Dare encourages high ethical standards and give generously of their time, talent and energy toward the education of Detroit area youth. In our 58 year history, the Men Who Dare scholars have attended institutions of higher learning that have include Wayne State University, Fashion Institute of America, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over 595 scholarships have been awarded, and that aid varied from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars per student. Many of our recipients have completed their education and have returned to serve their community.