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Empowering youth to succeed through mentoring and strategic planning.  

“I came into this program not really caring about college. But with the help of my mentor and this program, I have changed my entire outlook on life after high school.”


Winning Futures has been recognized with a number of awards, along with recognition from local newspapers and television stations. The program has impacted over 30,000 youth and awarded $1.7M in scholarships.

  • Distinguished Leadership Award from the Women Leadership in the Workplace program (Michigan Business & Professional Association) – 2014
  • Crains Best Managed Nonprofit 2013
  • Charter One’s and WXYZ-TV 7’s “Champion in Action Award” - 2008
  • The Governor's Service Award "Innovative Mentoring Program" Award Winner - 2007
  • The Governor's Excellence In Practice Award for Career Education - 2005
  • The "National Mentor of the Year" Award from the National Mentor Support Foundation – 1998
  • Michigan Education Association "Exemplary Selection" in Showcasing Public Success – 1996
  • Career and Technical Education of Macomb County "Only the Best" Award – 1996
  • Recognition of the Winning Futures Scholarship Program by United States Secretary of Education Richard E. Riley – 1995

The founder of Winning Futures, Sam Cupp, has been honored with:Sam Cupp

  • Distinguished Service Citation from The Automotive Hall of Fame – 2000
  • WWJ's "Michigan Citizen of the Week" – 1999
  • Michigan's Retail Entrepreneur of the Year – 1998
  • Governor Engler's 1995 Distinguished Business-Industry Community Service Award (The only Business-Industry award given in Michigan in 1995)
  • Governor Engler's 1994 Distinguished Business-Industry Community Service Award (The only Business-Industry award given in Michigan in 1994)

The President & CEO of Winning Futures, Kristina Marshall, has been honored with:Kristina Marshall

  • Michigan Technological University’s 2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • 2012 Role Model Award – Emerging Leader Award from Alternatives for Girls
  • Women Official’s Network “Wonder Woman Award” for Distinguished Youth Advocate - 2011
  • Detroit Young Professional’s “Vanguard Award” - 2010
  • Crain’s “40 under 40” Award - 2008
  • The International Athena Award presented by the Macomb Chamber for her leadership service and success in business - 2006
  • Highlighted on PBS in a 10 minute documentary about her life and her work in the community - 2005
  • Graduating from Michigan Nonprofit Association's "Executive Leadership Fellows" - 2005
  • The RARE Foundation's "Everyday Hero" Award - 2005
  • Appointed to Mentor Michigan's Providers Council by Governor Jennifer Granholm – 2004
  • Graduated from Leadership Macomb - 2004
  • Governor’s Service Award Finalist for Exemplary Community Service – 2004
  • The Michigan Nonprofit and DTE Energy Foundation “Community Luminary” Award – 2003
  • Warren Consolidated School's Alumna of the Year - 2000


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