Midnight Golf College Tour: The Road To Success
2023 Road Trip For Success
March 26-April 1, 2023 I Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC
One of the most transformational elements of our program is the Road Trip for Success College Tour. This weeklong, out-of-state travel and learning experience combines eight college visits, cultural exposure, and the game of golf. The trip is open to all program participants and is one of the highlights of the program, providing a journey of bonding and learning.
This year’s trip will take place during spring break with 200 high school seniors and 60 mentors.
With 90% of our students coming from low-to-moderate-income families, affordability is crucial to make this trip accessible and successful. With a total trip cost of $350,000 ($1,750/student), the trip is heavily subsidized. Participants are asked to pay $200 each and those who cannot afford it can apply for a full subsidy. Participant fees cover about 13% of the overall budget with the remaining revenue consisting of grant funding, corporate sponsorship, our annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser and individual donations.
About the Road Trip for Success College Tour
The Road Trip for Success college tour is a week-long, out-of-state travel and learning experience for young people in the Midnight Golf Program, combining college visits, cultural exposure, and playing golf.
Once accepted into the Midnight Golf Program, youth are incentivized to maintain a stellar attendance record to be eligible for trips, special outings, and scholarship opportunities available only to MGP students. One major incentive is our annual, weeklong Road Trip for Success college, cultural, and golf tour. The purpose of the trip is to allow our students, many of whom have never left the region or come from low-to-moderate income or first-generation college families, to see first-hand the possibilities for their future and practice the life skills they’ve learned throughout the program year.
This annual trip occurs during Spring Break and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:
- Travel – For many students, this is their first trip outside of the state
- Tour college campuses and meet with school administrators
- Play a round of golf at prestigious golf courses
- Explore a variety of cultural and historical sites
- Meet MGP alumni who are enrolled in college.
The Road Trip for Success has delivered incredible outcomes since it began in 2008:
- 1,400 students have participated
- In 2019, 45 students received admission and $129,000 from visited schools as a result of the trip.
- Students receive brand-new golf clubs, clothing, and equipment
All of our young people are invited, and the trip is one of the highlights of the program, providing a journey of bonding and learning. In 2019, six buses carried 200 students and 50 mentors on the tour.
Why the Road Trip?
The Road Trip for Success college tour started because many students tad never been out of Michigan, walked on a college campus, or been exposed to colleges outside of the state.
Where does the trip go?
We travel to six to eight college campuses, across multiple states. In the past, we have visited universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Between college tours, we play golf and visit and tour historical sites. We stay at the Embassy Suites, which accommodates our large group. On one evening of the trip, the young adults enjoy a special formal dinner where they dress up – fine dining is another experience that many of our young people have not been exposed to in the past.
Support the Road Trip for Success
Your support is crucial to make this trip accessible and successful. Choose an investment level that suits your needs, knowing you are supporting this trip of a lifetime.
- With a total trip cost of $350,000 ($1,750/student), the trip is heavily subsidized.
- Participants are only asked to pay a total trip fee of $300, and they can apply for a full subsidy, if needed.