About Donovan

It all started in the 4th grade…

Growing up as a child in Detroit, I thought my whole life would revolve around the few blocks I navigated to and from elementary school each day. But in the 4th grade, I moved out of the area into a nearby suburb. The academic landscape was pretty intimidating for a young boy in a new school. I went from an honor roll student to getting my first C ever (in Writing nonetheless). This was also the same year where I was asked the infamous question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Young Donovan playing computer games with his father

Being from the Motor City, I knew that I wanted to be a mechanical engineer because I thought I’d get to play with cars as I had always done after school with my impressive Hot Wheels collection. Did I mention that I loved playing Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit on my Dad’s PlayStation? My favorite pastime was winning every race in a bright, blue Corvette that had soon become my dream car in my favorite color. With my future in mind, I began to question: “How am I going to get my dream car?”

Being the resourceful kid that I was, I made a deal with my Mom: If I got a full ride scholarship to the University of Michigan, which has one of the best engineering programs in the world, then she would have to buy me a new, blue Corvette after I graduated. 

The deal was on and the rest is history.

In front of the Big House for my college graduation with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering

In 2011, I made a commitment to all youth…

After winning several scholarships during my senior year of high school, I began writing my book. In 2015, I published The Scholar’s Key: How You Can Unlock Your Dreams as a Teen to motivate youth to apply for scholarships so that they too can unlock college debt-free. 

I began speaking to students about accessing college and the opportunities that advancing their education can afford them. Every moment that I get to inspire youth to pursue their dreams has been a joy of mine.   

Empowering youth to unlock unique possibilities for themselves and others is a humbling experience. Every day, I learn how bright students leverage their untapped potential for extraordinary growth. I formed the Scholar’s Key Academy as a platform for supporting student excellence in scholarship. 

The most successful students take ownership of their future.

My Promise to You…

When I started, I made a commitment to all youth. That means, I want young individuals to have the same benefits as me and reap the reward of being debt-free with a college degree

So, if you believe a great education lays the foundation for a life of freedom, access, and opportunity…

If you believe you or your child’s dream college is a worthwhile endeavor to work toward affording…

If you believe you or your child’s success is accelerated through a college degree…

If you believe you or your child’s future depends on quality learning experiences in higher education…

If you believe every young individual has a unique gift, and it takes a village to nurture and grow these gifts so that they will pay it forward to future generations…

…then you are my people, and I promise to teach you everything I know (and give you access to all of the resources I have compiled) to help you afford the best education.


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