In 2013, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business identified student scholarships as one of its top fundraising priorities. Five years later, the Victors for Michigan capital campaign has raised more than $90 million to support initiatives that will increase the number of scholarships available to students.
In the 2017-18 school year alone, 765 scholarships were awarded to Michigan Ross students. The funds will also support new and innovative outreach programs that will help make Michigan Ross more attainable for all students.
The Victors for Michigan donations have already impacted the following areas of Michigan Ross:
- Academic Success Programs: Michigan Ross donors Ari Spar (AB ’89) and Howie Epstein (BBA ’93) have helped to ensure that Michigan Ross students are prepared to handle the rigors of business school with aplomb.
- MREACH: The Michigan Ross Enriching Academics in Collaboration with High Schools (MREACH) program brings high school students to Ross for a series of action-based learning experiences that offer insight into careers in business, as well as college planning.
- The Preparation Initiative: The Preparation Initiative provides a learning community for University of Michigan students interested in applying to the Ross BBA program.
- Raj Reddy Memorial Scholarship Fund: The Reddy Scholarship honors the memory of Rajesh C. Reddy (BBA ’14) by assisting students who wish to matriculate at Michigan Ross.
- Mike and Sue Jandernoa Scholarship Fund: This $1 million scholarship fund offers need-based awards to incoming Michigan Ross undergraduate students.
- Louise S. and Robert M. Finlayson Family Scholarship: Established in 1990, the Finlayson Family Scholarship grows every year thanks to generous gifts from the Finlayson family. The fund supports both Ross MBA and BBA students.
- Scott and Susan Davidson Scholarship Fund for International Study: This scholarship helps more Ross students study abroad. In 2017 alone, more than 1,000 Ross students received funding to study in more than 50 countries around the world.
The $90 million campaign has helped open new experiences to exceptional Ross students and allowed more individuals to say “yes” to a Ross education.
According to the news release, “Scholarships help ensure that students can focus fully on their studies and make the most of their time in school. And, they enable Ross to remain a competitive force among our peers, who are all vying to enroll the best and brightest students.”
You can read the full news story about Michigan Ross fundraising and student scholarships here.