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Former Detroit mayor Dennis Archer is using his leftover campaign contributions to pay back his community. Archer, who served as mayor of Detroit from 1994 to 2001, is donating $1 million in scholarshipmoney to both of his alma maters.

Recipients of the scholarship money will be minority students who are attending either Western Michigan University or Wayne State University.

Archer’s decision to fund the scholarships was influenced by his own experience of pursuing a higher education while holding down a job.

“For young people who, I understand the need to work 10 or 20 hours a week in order to help yourself get the education that you’re after,” Archer said. “I decided that would be something that I would try to make a difference in.”

The cost of attending and living on Wayne State’s campus is averaged at $22,582 per year with Western Michigan’s at $25,985 in 2012. According to CollegeData.com and The College Board, over 37 percent of students attending Wayne State are considered minority students and would be eligible for the scholarship, while 22 percent would be eligible at Western Michigan.

Read the rest of this report by Pat Sweeting on CBS Detroit

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