Giving

Philanthropy Stories/Donor Profiles

 

Every day, donors to the University of Michigan-Dearborn make a difference in the University's students, programs, research and instruction. The stories below are just a few of the many ways that donors have a true impact on the University.

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Shirley Dudek Demmer Memorial Scholarship

Shirley Dudek Demmer believed that education plays a vital role in breaking the cycle of violence against women. Her experience as a volunteer for First Step of Plymouth--which aims to reduce domestic and sexual violence and provide services to those affected by the crimes--solidified her passion for wanting to make a difference in the lives of women. In fact, she chose women’s and gender studies as her primary focus while pursuing a master of arts in liberal studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn because she believed that the more she learned about women’s issues, the more she could help those woman with whom she worked at First Step.

Shirley’s husband, Bill, funded this scholarship after Shirley died suddenly in November 2007 from a brain aneurism. His intention was to support Shirley’s passion for education, particularly her passion for supporting education as a means to empowering women to gain economic independence. This scholarship provides tuition support to undergraduate and graduate students studying women’s and gender studies at UM-Dearborn.

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Helen Mataya Graves Political Science Internships Scholarship Fund

Funded by her son, John D. Graves, other family members, friends, and appreciative students, The Helen Mataya Graves Political Science Internships Scholarship Fund perpetuates the passion of this associate professor emeriti for her students, and provides support for students in the campus’ public affairs internship programs.  Dr. Graves taught at UM-Dearborn from 1972-1994 and founded the Political Science Internship programs at UM-Dearborn.

Dr. Graves, a Political Science faculty member, led the campus’ political internship program which provided students with ‘hands-on work’ in the political system.  Dr. Graves initiated placements in the private sector as well as legislative and legal offices in Lansing, Detroit and other southeastern Michigan cities.  In 1979, she inaugurated a summer internship program in Washington, D.C, and later, comparative political internships in Toronto and Ottawa.  She worked to place more than 1,700 student interns during her 22 years on campus—providing them with valuable on-the-job training.

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Stokes-Hoffman Scholarship

Attorney Frederick W. Hoffman has enjoyed a satisfying and fulfilling career since his days at UM-Dearborn. Mr. Hoffman is a 1973 UM-Dearborn graduate and his partner, Mr. James Stokes, was placed in an internship on the campus while completing a master’s degree in counseling and also worked part-time on campus while attending law school.

To provide opportunities for others, Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Stokes decided to set up the Stokes-Hoffman Scholarship to recognize, recruit and/or encourage the continued progress of, and provide assistance to students who are active in the UM-Dearborn Gay/Straight Alliance or another related organization.  Students who are interested in gender identity and/or sexual identity issues will also be considered.  Since both Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Stokes both have successful careers in government-related positions, strong preference will be given to students who also provide evidence of involvement in community affairs, or interest in law and public policy, public administration, or related areas of study at UM-Dearborn. 

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Al Turfe Scholarship Funds

Al Turfe has been an educator for more than 30 years—an educator who especially enjoys interacting with his students and opening their lives to learning. Growing up in Dearborn, he attended Salina Junior High School and Fordson High School. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and physics, he has taught a range of mathematics courses, including developmental mathematics, calculus, linear algebra, differential equations and statistics, to thousands of students at numerous colleges in metropolitan Detroit, including UM-Dearborn. Mr. Turfe currently funds two separate scholarships with UM-Dearborn. The Al Turfe Scholarship Fund recognizes and encourages the continued progress of students in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. The Al Turfe Mathematics Scholarship Fund is established to recruit, recognize, and encourage the continued progress of UM-Dearborn students who have declared, or intend to declare a major in mathematics.

As a result of his many philanthropic contributions, UM-Dearborn has named a room in memory of Mr. Turfe’s parents. Mr. Turfe’s contribution to UM-Dearborn students in the classroom over the years, as well as his generous contributions to support scholarships, has identified him as a very special friend to the campus.

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Bruce Klimek Memorial Scholarship

Bruce Klimek graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a degree in Accounting in 1985.  Shortly after graduation, Bruce passed away. This scholarship was established through an endowment provided by his parents, Mary and Ernest Klimek who were interested in honoring their son by providing aid to those majoring in Accounting. Ernest and Mary Klimek continue their involvement with UM-Dearborn which includes periodically meeting with the UM-Dearborn students who benefit from the scholarship. 

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J. Stewart Linden Foundation Scholarship

The J. Stewart Linden Foundation was established by Mr. J. Stewart Linden, a Michigan CPA who wanted to provide financial support for students majoring in accounting and selected UM-Dearborn for the program.  Six students receive scholarships each year.  Mr. Linden, who passed away in 1988, was founding Partner of Linden, Klain, Israel & Ross, which merged with BDO Seidman.  

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Rebecca Ann Campbell Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Rebecca Ann Campbell graduated from UM-Dearborn in 1989 with a B.S.A. from the School of Management.  She worked as an information technology manager for Imerys--a French mining company with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.  After a successful career in her field, Ms. Campbell passed away at an early age.

Her parents, William D. Campbell (’62, CECS) and Doris Campbell (’87, CECS), also UM-Dearborn alumni, established this scholarship in her memory shortly after her death in 2007. Rebecca Campbell’s parents believe that her degree from UM-Dearborn was the starting point for her career in information technology.  They, along with Rebecca’s only daughter, deeply miss her and want her memory preserved through this gift.  Rebecca was as passionate about UM-Dearborn as Bill and Doris Campbell. They believe she would be happy knowing that future students will have the financial support to hopefully have the same great experience and education so valued by their daughter Rebecca. 

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Professor A. Adnan Aswad Endowed Scholarship

A native of Syria, Adnan Aswad knew from an early age that he was not destined to become a judge and follow in his father’s footsteps.  He took an early interest in science and engineering, and after completing an undergraduate degree in Istanbul, Turkey. After working four years as a mechanical engineer, he immigrated to the United States in 1959. 

Dr. Aswad earned two master’s degrees, in mechanical and industrial engineering, and a Ph.D. in engineering from UM-Ann Arbor. He joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1965 and went on to become a professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, which included terms as a department chair and associate dean.  His wife, Dr. Barbara Aswad, also a UM-AA graduate, was a professor of anthropology at Wayne State University.  Now retired, both expressed hope that this scholarship will enable future generations to have the benefits of an excellent education.

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Dr. Nancy J. Foran Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Nancy J. Foran joined the School of Management as an associate professor of accounting in 2000 after serving as a faculty member at Wicheta State University for more than 20 years.  She was well published in her field, writing articles primarily on tax-related issues in accounting.  Dr. Foran passed away in early 2002, following a short illness.  She was well-known for her love of teaching and her firm commitment to providing personal attention to her students.

Her husband, Dr. Michael Foran, professor of accounting and former chair of the department of Accounting and Finance established this endowed scholarship in her memory.  The Nancy J. Foran Endowed Memorial Scholarship supports women in the field of tax accounting.   It is Dr. Michael Foran’s hope that this scholarship will help keep alive the spirit with which Dr. Nancy Foran approached teaching and personally supporting her students.  

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Dr. Carole and Anthony Fielek Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dr. Carole (’64) and Anthony Fielek (’64) met in a computer class at UM-Dearborn and married a year after their graduation. Carole Fielek graduated from the School of Education and went on to obtain her M.A. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. She had a long career in education, serving as the head of the math department at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn.

Anthony Fielek graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He held a number of management jobs, eventually retiring from Robert Bosch as vice president of strategic planning for North America. He received an M.B.A. Wayne State University and a law degree from Detroit College of Law both of which he completed at night school while working.

The Carole and Anthony Fielek Endowed Scholarship Fund is designed to help UM-Dearborn recruit the best and brightest students to the School of Education and the College of Engineering & Computer Science. The Fieleks made the decision to establish the scholarship after personal contact with current students who were having trouble affording tuition. Anthony remembers working his own way through college, making just enough money to pay his bills and buy a car. “We’ve been reflecting back on our time when we were students going to college. The only way I got through was working—and ultimately, getting a good co-op placement,” he said. “I was lucky that Carole wasn’t scared away by having to occasionally pay for our coffee dates.”

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Allard Family Trust Endowed Scholarship Fund

Don Allard (’64 BBA), graduated from one of the earliest classes in the College of Business and remembers the coursework as being very challenging.  It did, however, prepare him extremely well for his career as founder and President of Moreno Valley Chevrolet in Moreno Valley, CA. He found during his UM-Dearborn experience that it took more than academics to be successful, and that internships and other experiential learning opportunities are extremely valuable as one embarks on a career.

Mr. Allard specifically established this scholarship to support students who are interested in owning or starting their own business. He has found great satisfaction in growing his own enterprise and feels this sense of entrepreneurism and dedication should be supported. 

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Junge Family Scholarship

When John Junge was applying to college as a teenager in Jackson, MI, he assumed he would have to go to community college first because of financial constraints. But he won a scholarship to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor instead. After learning about the Dearborn campus’s cooperative education program, he transferred to UM-Dearborn in order to get a job in the industry while earning his degree. Mr. Junge (’64, CECE) knows what a challenge it can be to earn a college education.  “The kinds of relationships you form in college will serve you well your entire life.”  “Being privileged to attend the University of Michigan is a blessing, and it’s a further blessing sometimes to be able to give back.”  Mr. Junge has established a scholarship for high school students who want to major in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at UM-Dearborn.  In recognition of his roots, the Junge Family Scholarship will be directed toward qualifying students from the state of Michigan and from the Jackson area, and in honor of his friends here at Dearborn, transfers in from Calvin, Hope, and HFCC, when possible.

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The George Masrob Kurajian Scholarship

When Professor George Kurajian first joined UM-Dearborn’s School of Engineering (now the College of Engineering and Computer Science) in 1964, he was lucky to have been assigned a student assistant, Roy Rennolds.  Roy Rennolds (65’ CECS) learned a lot from Dr. Kurajian, and in 2007, this engineering alumnus decided to establish a scholarship in honor of Dr. Kurajian.  “I received a quality education at UM-Dearborn, largely due to the work and dedication of the instructors with whom I came in contact.”  When Roy began to think about endowing a scholarship, the idea of naming if for Dr. Kurajian seemed natural to him.  Dr. Kurajian retired in 1990 after (HOW MANY) years in CECS.  

Mr. Rennolds, who worked full time while he was in school, said he hopes the fund will make it easier for students to obtain their degrees. He has challenged fellow graduates to join him in honoring Dr. Kurajian and giving back to a future generation of students.  “Professor Kurajian’s teaching methods put students at ease and made us all want to learn. He was easy to talk to; you never saw him without a smile on his face.  Professor Kurajian is a great man. I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather honor with this gift.”

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Blenda Wilson

In 1988, Blenda J. Wilson became the first woman to head a public university in the state of Michigan when she was appointed Chancellor as well as Professor of public administration and education at UM-Dearborn. She served as Chancellor of UM-Dearborn from July 1988 - Aug. 1992. She earned a B.A. in English Education from Cedar Crest College, an M.A. in Education from Seton Hall University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Wilson began her academic career as an assistant to the provost at Rutgers University and retired in 2006 as the President and Chief Executive of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation—a private foundations supporting educational institution in the eastern U.S.

Dr. Wilson and her husband Dr. Louis Fair established this scholarship in 1994 to support students in need of financial assistance. Dr. Wilson’s intention was to augment the support students who are already Wade McCree Scholars—a long-established program named for Judge Wade McCree which supports students from Detroit.

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William and Alice Jenkins Memorial Scholarship

William Jenkins began his academic career teaching English and education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He rose to the position of associate dean and acting dean of UW-M’s School of Education.  After several other academic appointments at other universities, Jenkins was named the first Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn in July 1980.  He served in that position until 1988.  

Alice Jenkins established this scholarship after her husband’s death to both honor his memory and support students at UM-Dearborn.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins had close affiliations with the University. Mrs. Jenkins developed lifelong friendships during the time her husband served as Chancellor.  She very much appreciated the dedication of UM-Dearborn students and wanted to provide financial support to those who needed it. 

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Dr. Roger G. Klungle and Debra Lynne Klungle Endowed Scholarship Fund

Roger Klungle (’65 CECS) believes that he and the University of Michigan-Dearborn grew up together. As a member of one of the earliest graduating classes, Roger believes he is one of the   early campus pioneers. The education he received, focusing on cooperative placements, helped prepare him for success. In 1982, after working for the U.S. Department of Defense and receiving his doctoral degree, Klungle returned to UM-Dearborn as a faculty member to give back to a new generation of students. As an adjunct professor, he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses and was involved in curriculum development. His daughter Deborah has received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering from UM-Dearborn.

In 2006, Dr. Klungle decided to give back soon after he helped host a small gathering of friends and fellow alumni from the university’s early years.  Spending that time with life-long friends and colleagues brought him to the decision that it was time for him to help with financial support to prepare a new generation of students.  “My classmates and I have been successful in our careers, and I hope that my fellow alumni will join me in creating new opportunities for CECS students today.”

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Dr. Swatantra K. (Munna) Kachhal Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 2007 by an anonymous alumni donor, this scholarship honors yet another long-term CECS faculty member—Professor Swatantra Kachhal.

Dr. Kachhal served as chair of the IMSE Department for 25 years and has always been highly regarded by his students. “Dr. Kachhal has had such an enormous impact on so many Engineering students at UM-Dearborn,” said a former student.  “He’s been here for half the life of the campus, so he’s been an integral part of the lives of hundreds of IMSE alumni. This scholarship fund is our way of saying thanks for all he’s done.”

Dr. Kachhal was surprised when the scholarship was announced in September 2008 and is pleased and very proud of his former students for supporting scholarships for future students.

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Victor Streeter Endowed Management Information Systems Scholarship

Associate Professor Emeritus Victor Streeter taught at UM-Dearborn for 38 years before retiring in 2002.  Dr. Streeter and his wife established this scholarship to encourage further growth and excellence in a field filled with steady change—reflected in the number of courses and programs being developed and added to MIS curriculum.  At the same time, Dr. Streeter wished to recognize MIS students’ high academic achievements and integrity.

Streeter received a bachelor’s in Russian language and literature, a master’s in linguistics, and a doctorate in linguistics, all from the University of Michigan. He was the first director of Computing Services at the Dearborn campus and also served as chair of the department of information systems, decision sciences and operations management. Streeter developed and taught more than a dozen courses in information systems and taught additional courses in decision sciences and linguistics.

To Dr. Streeter, the Victor J. Streeter Endowed Management Information Systems (MIS) Scholarship is a way to encourage further growth and excellence in a field filled with steady change, reflected in the number of courses and programs constantly added to MIS. At the same time, it recognizes MIS students’ high academic achievements and integrity. “Also, I know that the School of Management (SOM) is in the planning stages for a new fundraising campaign to address vital issues, such as academic endowment for students, faculty and programs,” says Streeter. “I want mine to be an early gift in the campaign, and I hope others will follow.”

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Henry Patton Endowed Scholarship

Henry W. Patton II, the founder, president, and CEO of Acromag, Inc. in Wixom, MI and a great friend to the College of Engineering and Computer Science and its dean, Subrata Sengupta.

Henry Patton pioneered the use of magnetic amplifiers for process measurement applications. As a young engineer, he realized the mag-amp’s potential for measuring low-level sensor signals and founded Acromag, Inc. in 1957 in Detroit, MI. As transistors became available, Mr. Patton adapted the technology for use in signal conditioning applications. Under Mr. Patton’s leadership and engineering expertise, Acromag quickly grew into a multi-million dollar international corporation, relocating to Wixom, MI in 1965.

Henry Patton was a strong supporter of the UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Cooperative Education Program Advocate award from the university. Henry Patton passed away in 2003; however, he left a bequest in place to establish a scholarship endowment to support CECS students into perpetuity.

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Selma Baumgarten Memorial Scholarship

Selma Stanislavsky Baumgarten strongly believed in the power of higher education to transform lives. As a first-generation American who came to this country from Russia just after World War I, she learned English and “American ways” through the public school system. She loved learning and being a student, but family necessity and the Depression of the 1930’s forced her to work at an early age. She was unable to complete high school. Nonetheless, she delighted in reading and attending lectures whenever she could and was well informed and perceptive about politics. Mrs. Baumgarten believed that all people should have the opportunity to improve themselves and their ability to help others through education.

The Selma Baumgarten Memorial Scholarship was established in January 2001 through a gift from her son Professor Elias Baumgarten, who has served as a Professor of Philosophy at UM-Dearborn. It was his intention to honor his mother and financially support students who might not otherwise be able to further their education.

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Beth Beson Scholarship for Returning Women   

Beth Beson (’06 CASL) graduated from UM-Dearborn as a returning student in.  After having raised her children, she returned to the university to pursue her education—something she hadn’t been able to do while taking care of her family.  She thrived in the university environment, becoming involved as a student and as an dedicated volunteer alumna for the campus.

While she had the resources to pursue her own degree, she wanted to support other women—women who might be raising children alone and are in need of an education to achieve economic independence.  Beth has also provided other gifts to UM-Dearborn—funding a special Anthropology field research scholarship and providing resources for club sports.  While active in her immediate community, funding camp scholarships and refurbishing bicycles for children in foster homes, she also has adopted a small village in Africa, providing resources to build the infrastructure there.

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John J. Brownfain Endowed Memorial Honors Scholarship 

The John J. Brownfain Endowed Honors Program Memorial Scholarship Fund was established and continues to be supported by his wife, Florence Brownfain, in memory of her husband.

John J. Brownfain was a psychologist and a professor emeritus of psychology at University of Michigan-Dearborn.  He joined UM-Dearborn as a lecturer in 1962 and was promoted to full professor in 1967.  Dr. Brownfain also served the campus in numerous administrative roles, including a term as chairman of the department of behavioral sciences.  He was named professor emeritus in 1990 and was instrumental in developing the psychology curriculum at UM-Dearborn. 

During the 1970s and early 1980s, when the campus was growing at a rapid pace, Professor Brownfain acted as a stabilizing influence on this campus. He was a mentor and leader who took the time to mentor junior faculty at the beginning of their academic career. Throughout his career, Professor Brownfain demonstrated that he was a broadly educated teacher whose intellectual interest extended beyond the boundaries of his own specialty.

Dr. Brownfain was also a practicing clinical psychologist and chief of the psychology department of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Allen Park from 1950 to1967.  He was an Army veteran of World War II where he served in a neuro psychiatric unit. He demonstrated his commitment both to his profession and to the community by his involvement in numerous professional, community and academic organizations at the local, national, and international levels.

John J. Brownfain was born in Philadelphia in 1920.  He received bachelors and master’s degrees in psychology from Temple University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

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Dr. Joachim "Kim" Burhn Scholarship for International Study

This scholarship was established by the family of Dr. Joachim “Kim” Bruhn, former Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters (from 1974-79) and Director of the Honors Program, who was committed to providing opportunities for students to study abroad. He established UM-Dearborn’s International Studies Program. 

When Dr. Bruhn died in 2005, he left an honorable legacy as a teacher.  The Dr. Joachim “Kim” Bruhn Scholarship was created in 2006 by the Bruhn family as a memorial to Dr. Bruhn’s days at UM-Dearborn.  Because Dr. Bruhn believed in the value of students experiencing other countries and cultures, this scholarship supports those students whose educational and career goals would be furthered through a study abroad program. 

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Dr. John Dempsey Memorial Scholarship 

John Thomas Dempsey was born in Detroit in 1924, the son of a New York Railroad yard master.  Dr. Dempsey grew up on the west side of Detroit and served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946 in Europe where he received a battlefield commission to lieutenant.  Upon his discharge, he entered the University of Detroit on the GI Bill and received his A.B. in political science in 1949.  Dempsey received his master’s degree the following year from University of Detroit and his doctoral degree in 1956 from The University of Michigan, both in Political Science. 

Dr. Dempsey came to UM-Dearborn in 1960 as one of the first members of the LSA Division (now known as the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters).  He was a ten-year veteran of the University of Detroit political science faculty, and a radio-television news analysts and news director for WJBK-TV Radio in Detroit. In 1965 he became chair of the LSA Division.

In 1966, Dr. Dempsey served as the first co-chair of the State Civil Rights Commission, appointed by Governor George Romney.  In 1969 he left the campus to direct the State of Michigan’s Detroit office.  He continued to be a friend of the campus during the 13 years he served in the Cabinet of Republican Governor William Milliken, first as director of the budget and then as director of state Department of Social Services.

Dr. Dempsey passed away in 1982 and he left an honorable legacy as a husband, father, teacher, and public servant.  The John T. Dempsey Endowed Memorial Scholarship was created in 1982 by the Dempsey family as a memorial to Dempsey days at UM-Dearborn.

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Dr. Linda Fisher Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Linda Elaine Fisher served as an associate professor of biology and microbiology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 1978 until her death in 2002.  Dr. Fisher was a national leader in the area of science education and lectured widely to professional groups on ways to improve science teaching at the secondary and college levels, and on ways to encourage women and minorities to pursue careers in science.

The Dr. Linda E. Fisher Memorial Scholarship was established through gifts from her family, friends, colleagues, and previous students to recognize and honor her contribution to her field.  The scholarship is established to specifically to provide financial support to African American women pursing degrees in the natural sciences—a group historically underrepresented in the fields of science and medicine.

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Janet and Cynthia Hewitt Scholarship For Women

Mary-Jo Hewitt strongly believed it is each person’s responsibility to give something back to society.  Despite some personal hardships, she felt very fortunate in her own life.  Ms. Hewitt was a homemaker with two young daughters when her marriage and her major source of income came to an end.  Finding herself a single parent with little work experience and an incomplete education, Ms. Hewitt went back to school and created a new life for herself and her two children. 

During this period in her life, Ms. Hewitt had a strong support system.  Friends and family helped get her through difficult years.  She could not imagine having successfully made the transition from wife and mother to self-supporting, single parent without this network of support.  She decided, in turn, to provide support to other women facing similar challenges.   

Ms. Hewitt established the Janet and Cynthia Hewitt Scholarship in 1998 to assist women and single parents who have lost their major source of income due to death, separation, or divorce.    The scholarship is named after her daughters because, besides being both independent and caring, they encouraged her to spend money to support other students that might otherwise have gone to them. 

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Grace and Evelyn Kachaturoff Scholarship

This Scholarship was created by Grace and Evelyn Kachaturoff in honor of their parents and family who were and are committed to public education. Their father, an immigrant from Armenia (Soviet Union) who had no education, made it his lifetime goal that all of his five children would have an education. He believed that material things could be taken away from individuals, but one’s education can never be taken away. It would always be a part of one’s being and personality. Their mother was of the same mind (from Georgia, Soviet Union), having been able to get a high school education before coming to this country. Both of them worked throughout their lifetime to provide education for all of their five children.

Grace Kachaturoff taught at the secondary level in the public schools for twenty-five years and at The University of Michigan-Dearborn until she retired in 1991. Evelyn Kachaturoff taught at the elementary level (kindergarten) in the Dearborn Public Schools. Both are retired and are greatly indebted to public education for providing careers in teaching which were memorable, rewarding, and pleasurable. Education has also provided a quality of life for the family that has contributed to life-long personal and intellectual growth.

Evelyn and Grace believe that public education needs the finest and best-trained teachers to educate the children and youth of today.  This scholarship, particularly in the social sciences and the humanities, will encourage students to consider education as a career. They are interested in supporting those most committed to children and young people and education as a means for personal and societal improvement and advancement. They believe that in today’s world it is education that will aid in the understanding of the commonalities of all peoples in respect and compassion, peace, freedom, justice, truth, and the individual worth and dignity of every person.

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Hartmann Family Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Established by the Hartmann Family Foundation, due to their interest in entrepreneurism, this renewable scholarship of $1,500 is awarded to undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in entrepreneurial studies and business ownership. E. Jan Hartmann has an MBA from UM in 1958 and is the retired Chairman of Ziebart International Corporation, a worldwide franchiser of automotive aftermarket services.

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Kenneth & Marian Parkhurst Natural Areas Fellowship

This scholarship, created by Marian Parkhurst and supported by her daughter and son-in-law, is designed to provide experiential learning for a prospective leader of natural history and environmental interpretation. All recipients of the Kenneth & Marian Parkhurst Natural Areas Fellowship must process a strong interest in and commitment to a life long pursuit of knowledge and discovery about the natural world, communication of this knowledge and values which provide for the preservation of natural areas and biodiversity.

The position of Natural Areas Fellow is designed to provide experiential learning for a prospective leader of natural history and environmental interpretation.  The intention is to support a student who will become a good steward of the natural world and the further communication of this knowledge, and values, which provide for the preservation of natural areas and biodiversity.

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Sidell Slosberg Sorscher and Samuel Sorcher Scholarship

Randee Sorscher—a long-term lecturer at UM-Dearborn—established this scholarship in memory of her parents with the wish to financially support students who have little or marginal support from their families. Randee taught Linguistics at UM-Dearborn and throughout her life, maintained the highest level of standards for herself and students.  At her passing in 2004, she also bequeathed an endowment to UM-Dearborn to build and maintain a garden outside the CASL building.  This garden, dedicated to her grandmothers is affectionately referred to my students as the “Gramma Garden.”

Samuel Sorscher, was about six years old when his mother arrived in the United States in 1917, with her three remaining sons of six, from Russia.  Samuel was the baby of the family.  His father, Benjamin, was sickly, and died of lung disease when Samuel was 14 years old.  His mother, Esther, ran a small grocery store, and supported her sons.  The two older boys finished school, and became grocers themselves, but the family was relying on Sam to become a college graduate.  He attended what is now Flint Community College then went to Northwestern for Dental School, finishing his last year at the UM-AA.  He practiced dentistry in Flint for 50 years, caring in some instances for four generations of families.  Samuel Sorscher was dedicated to higher education for not only his own children, but many deserving students in Flint.  He provided free dental services to all Native Americans certified through Genessee county registers.

Randee’s mother, Sidell Slosberg Sorscher, was the only child of her parents, both of whom immigrated to the United States as teenagers from Eastern Europe.  She was born in Chicago, and the family moved frequently, living in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Flint.  Her parents died within a year of one another, when Randee was 17 years old, just finishing high school.   Sidell received a scholarship at Kalamazoo College, which covered tuition, books, and housing, but left nothing for clothes or sundries.  She worked in the dorm cafeteria for a little money, and told her children frequently that she had two dresses, one to wear, and one to wash.  During the summers, she lived with cousins, and worked packing celery near Battle Creek.   After she graduated, she taught English and Latin at Flint Central high School for two years.  Samuel and Sidell were married in 1941. Sidell Sorscher donated funds regularly to Kalamazoo College.

Young people today have no idea of how dreary and humbling life was in those days.  It was the Great Depression, and for many people there was little to eat.  Unemployment was relentless, and consumer goods were a great luxury.  The only comfort most people had was in knowing that everyone else was just as poor, hungry, and cold.  Scholarships were a godsend, and made opportunities open for people like my parents.  This scholarship comes with hope for the recipient, and best wishes for a productive life of contribution to society and self-realization, but also with the notion that you make it possible for others to benefit from your experience.

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Velda D. Taylor Scholarship for Returning Women.

Deborah Taylor (‘70 SOE) established this scholarship in 1992 as a living legacy and tribute to her mother. Ms. Taylor’s mother was unable to assist her financially with her education, did provide loving support, encouragement, wisdom and guidance, which provided Deborah with all she felt she needed to succeed. 

Velda Taylor believed that although she was unable to complete her educational goals, she was determined that her daughter would have that opportunity.  She believed that all women should have the opportunity to realize their goals and dreams.  The Velda Taylor Scholarship has touched literally thousand of lives through work of the recipients in their careers

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Richard A. Young Public Service Scholarship

The scholarship was established in honor of Representative Young's thirty years of service and leadership in the Michigan Legislature. The program recognizes outstanding upperclassmen with a record of service to their community and who have demonstrated leadership through volunteerism, including service in community or religious organizations, politics, and/or other community activities.

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CASL Emeriti Faculty Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Emeriti faculty to support students pursuing a degree within that College. Those who initiated the effort to establish the scholarship were motivated by the desire to continue to impact CASL students in their retirement.  This award is intended to recognize scholastic achievement, to encourage continued academic progress, and to provide assistance to students in financing their education.

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Judge Thomas A. and Helen Van Tiem Early Childhood Education Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Judge Thomas and Helen Van Tiem to recognize scholastic excellence, encourage continued progress, and provide funding to student pursing a career in Early Childhood Education. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ban Tiem said it was their “hope that this scholarship will promote the essential learning environment for young children."

Helen Van Tiem received her master's degree at UM-Dearborn and has remained involved with the campus's Child Development Center ever since. She was a teaching assistant at the center from 1983 to 1986, and teacher and education coordinator from 1986 to 1994. In addition to providing care for children between one and six years old, the CDC is a teacher training and child study facility for UM-Dearborn students enrolled in a variety of education and psychology courses.

In addition to her work with the CDC, Van Tiem has been active in the School of Education alumni group and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996. Judge Van Tiem is a former judge in the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas and 36th District Court now serving as a visiting trial judge in Michigan, as well as an arbitrator, mediator and administrative law judge.

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The James L. Barton Scholarship Fund for Students with Disabilities

This scholarship, established in 2009 by Mr. Barton, was created to provide scholarship support to UM-Dearborn students who are eligible for Disability Resource Services and have declared, or intend to declare, a major in mathematics, natural sciences, computer science, or engineering. As a person with a disability, Mr. Barton faced many obstacles when beginning his career. He established the scholarship because he wanted to ensure that other people with disabilities would receive the encouragement they need to establish a career and become self-sufficient. James (“Jim”) L. Barton graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1971 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics. After graduation, he went on to a successful 25 year career with IBM as a computer programmer/analyst. Jim is also an accomplished equestrian and in 1987 captured a gold metal at the International World Championship for the Disabled. Wanting others to enjoy the satisfaction and freedom he received from riding, Jim was instrumental in establishing a non-profit organization called Riding Unlimited, a therapeutic riding program designed to benefit youngsters with disabilities. In 1999, Jim was inducted into the Michigan Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame.

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The Richard and Linda Dyer Scholarship Fund

As graduates of the Dearborn Public Schools and UM-Dearborn, both Richard and Linda Dyer have a strong connection to their roots. Richard Dyer earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a teaching certificate from UM-Dearborn in 1964, as well as an M.A. from UM-Ann Arbor. Linda Dyer earned a B.A. in English from UM-Ann Arbor in 1961. After working for three years as a children’s librarian, Linda enrolled in UM-Dearborn and earned her teaching certificate in 1965. Both Linda and Richard Dyer taught in the public schools during the early years of their marriage before pursuing other careers and interests. Richard Dyer followed his interest in information technology and started his own computer business. Linda began writing professionally in the 1980’s, publishing both prose and poetry.

Richard and Linda Dyer lived in Dearborn until 1973. Now retired in Amherst, New Hampshire, the couple is giving back to their alma mater by establishing the Richard and Linda Dyer Scholarship. The scholarship reflects their belief that a Liberal Arts Program, like CASL, gives students a broader understanding of the world, an appreciation of the facts, and how to find them. The Richard and Linda Dyer scholarship will provide $5,000 per year for four years for one University of Michigan-Dearborn student who has declared, or intends to declare, a major in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and who is a graduate of one of the three public high schools located in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Dr. Richard A. Potts Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Richard A. Potts Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 by alumni Barb Thomas Schalk (’70, B.S), Dave Johnson (’70, B.S) and Willy KruseII (’70, B.S) in honor of retired Chemistry Professor Richard Potts. All former students of Dr. Potts, Schalk, Johnson, and Kruse spearheaded a letter writing campaign that resulted in donations of more then $10,000 from former students, coworkers and Potts family members.

Throughout their years on campus during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, all three students were among the many that had a special bond with Dr. Potts. After graduating from UM-Dearborn, both Johnson and Krusell completed their graduate work at the Ann Arbor campus. Johnson earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Health Sciences. Krusell earned an M.S. in Environmental Chemistry before going to MIT for his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.

In the spring of 2009, when Johnson was featured in an article about notable alumni in the Legacy magazine, Schalk and Krusell reconnected with Johnson. Together they collaborated with CASL and Institutional Development to discuss ways in which they could honor Dr. Potts.

Today, Barb Schalk is on the Finance staff of General Motors and Dave Johnson is the dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and a professor of Chemistry and Environmental Scienceat Ferrum College. Willy Krusell is retired as the VP and Chief Technology Officer for OnTrak Systems (semiconductor industry) in Silicon Valley. Dr. Potts retired in 2000 and now owns and operates an award-winning tree farm with his family.

The Dr. Richard A. Potts Endowed Scholarship Fund has been set up to recognize, recruit, and/or encourage the continued progress of, and provide assistance to University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have declared, or intend to declare, a major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and/or Environmental Sciences.

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The Pi Omicron Philanthropic Sorority Scholarship in Memory of Ruth Heyman

Established in 2009 by the Pi Omicron Sorority and Foundation, this scholarship commemorates the Pi Omicron Sorority and its presence on the UM-Dearborn campus by honoring their former national president, the late Ruth Heyman. The sorority created the Pi Omicron Philanthropic Sorority Scholarship to help economically-disadvantaged adults—many of them single parents—complete their U-M degrees and build a better future.

The Pi Omicron Philanthropic Sorority Scholarship supports the recognition, recruitment, encouragement, and the continued progress of a junior and/or senior level student in the CASL SOAR program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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The Helen Zawada-Bronisz Book Fund

The Helen Zawada-Bronisz Book Fund was established in 2009 by her sister and retired UM-Dearborn employee Mary Ann Zawada. The fund was established by Mary Ann after her sister passed away to honor her life-long love of books and her devotion to her community.

Helen Zawada-Bronisz lived in Los Alamos, New Mexico and served as a Librarian for the Pinon Elementary School in White Rock, NM. She was known throughout the area for her generous donations of books for any student or family in need. She also donated financially to charities and other organizations. As a librarian, Ms. Bronisz served the children, teachers, and parents of her community for more then 25 years. She began reading at a very early age and had a life-long love of books that eventually led her to a library career.

The Helen Zawada-Bronisz Book Fund will provide support for the purchase of textbooks for first year students enrolled in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters SOAR program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Wanda Macki Memorial Scholarship Fund

Al Turfe, of the mathematics department at UM-Dearborn, has established the Wanda Macki Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor one of his best friends in life, Wanda Macki.  Wanda passed away in 2011 and is fondly remembered as a kind and gentle woman who always had a positive outlook on life.  She had a warm and friendly smile that always made people happy to be around her.  She strongly believed in accentuating the positive and never dwelt on the negative. Wanda always put other others first.  Her pride and joy in life was her daughter Dana, who is currently attending medical school.  Wanda was a strong champion for women and believed that every woman should pursue a college education, enter the workforce and discover her own way to contribute to society.

The Wanda Macki Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship support to University of Michigan-Dearborn students who are enrolled in the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Student Outreach and Academic Resources (SOAR) Program.

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Sam Zehra Scholarship Fund in honor of Senator George J. Mitchell

Alberta Abbott and her husband, George, established the Sam Zehra Scholarship Fund in honor of Senator George J. Mitchell in order to celebrate the memory of Alberta’s late brother, Sam, and to honor Senator Mitchell.

Sam Zehra owned and operated an appliance store in Dearborn. He also owned a local restaurant and furniture store. Though Sam died in 1967, many Dearborn residents still remember the generous businessman today. They either bought a refrigerator from Sam, or he supplied uniforms to their kids’ baseball team. A former business associate said Sam often cut checks to churches of all denominations. And when hospitalized veterans were in need of radios, he sent 30.

The Sam Zehra scholarship fund is named in honor of Senator George J. Mitchell because Mrs. Abbott began to follow Sen. Mitchell’s career after her brother’s death and grew a deep appreciation for his public service. Mitchell is a former U.S. senator and served as Senate Majority Leader for six years. He played a major role in Northern Ireland’s peace process and Major League Baseball’s steroid investigation. And he recently served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.

Although Sam and Sen. Mitchell never met, Alberta found that the two men have quite a bit in common, especially their shared dedication to helping others. Alberta and George Abbott believe that establishing this scholarship will ensure that Sam’s generous legacy continues. Dearborn residents pursuing a career in public service and diplomacy are eligible for the scholarship beginning in Fall 2012.

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Luba H. Berton Memorial Scholarship

Luba Berton was a teacher, an advocate for human rights, a feminist, and a voice for women’s education and advancement. She loved to play the piano. She loved books, music, language, theater, and art.

Luba earned her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature (Russian and English) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor at age 50. She grew up in a time when women were neither expected to achieve nor supported in educational endeavors and did not forget how difficult it was to pursue education with a family at home. She taught English at Henry Ford Community College from 1963 until she retired in 1989. She joined the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in 1955 and was an active member the rest of her life. She was past president of the Dearborn Chapter of the AAUW. She was very involved in the AAUW and its scholarship fund for continuing education and other outreach programs, including mentoring women in the Women on the Move program. One of her favorite projects was the annual used book sale.

She never forgot her Russian roots and the human rights issues in the then Soviet Union. In 1975 she was chosen for a 3-month teaching exchange in Kiev, Soviet Union with the American Field Service. When she returned, she worked at the Southfield, Michigan Jewish Community Center (JCC) in the acculturation program for recently immigrated Soviet Jews. She founded and published Fonarik, a Russian language monthly paper for recent immigrants. In 1995 she toured Russia to meet with women leaders and advocates for women’s rights, and in 2005 organized a visit to Dearborn of women involved in Russian politics.

In honor of our mother, and her passion for books, learning, education, and advancement, we created a scholarship fund in hopes that those who apply for and receive funds from this scholarship be able to find the joy and inspiration that Luba found in the many ways that learning and education happen.

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For more detailed information about applying for these scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Department