University of Michigan Alumni Association

Scholarship Testimonials

Madeline Rodgers

Madeline Rodgers, one of our 2014-2015 scholarship winners writes:

"I am very fortunate to have just completed my first two semesters at The University of Michigan and am very grateful for the next 3 years to come. These past two semesters I focused on improving my Spanish by taking upper level Spanish courses with hopes of studying abroad in the coming years. I also took many science centered courses such as Chemistry and Biology to explore my interests in those courses. I really enjoyed taking advantage of the countless athletic events. I can also proudly say I went to a football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, and field hockey game to cheer on my fellow classmates.

I am truly grateful for the scholarship provided for me by The University of Michigan Alumni Club of Charlotte for being able to help send me to such an amazing university that I am proud to say I attend. Always Go Blue!"

Jonathan Moon

Jonathan Moon, one of our 2014-2015 Scholarship winners writes:

"My first year at Michigan was amazing. I am very grateful to the Charlotte Chapter of the University of Michigan Alumni Association for the scholarship. It helped relieve some of the financial burden of attending one of the best universities in the nation."




Christina Maxwell

Christina Maxwell, one of our 2012 - 2013 Scholarship winners writes:

"My ultimate goal is to become a Broadway actress. Because of my passion for Musical Theatre and Michigan's standing as the top rated program, I was ecstatic upon learning of my acceptance.  Now, at the end of my freshman year, I feel blessed to be a part of this outstanding institution.  I am majoring in Musical Theatre and pursuing a Writing minor.  

During my first year at University of Michigan, I committed myself fully to my education.  I received all A’s my first year and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.958 in a rigorous program.  I served on the backstage crews of two main stage productions, working alongside professionals in props, hair and makeup.  During second semester, I performed in the Freshman Revue, which featured the Freshmen class in a compilation of musical numbers.  I was also one of five freshmen cast in the spring musical, Crazy For You, and performed as a pit singer.  I got involved in various community groups, including Core Group (a Bible study) and YoungLife.  I loved the Michigan community, from the exhilarating football games in the Big House, to the Farmer’s Market, to the Arb, to the basketball championship game, to my first college hockey game.

Thank you so much for the generous scholarship that your club awarded me for my freshman year at The University of Michigan!”

 Lucas Grant, one of our 2012 - 2013 Scholarship winners:

Lucas Grant"I have just completed my first two semesters at the University of Michigan.  Being a music composition major, most of my time was spent working on North Campus though I still found plenty of opportunities to explore Central Campus and Ann Arbor.  I was lucky enough to perform in the extraordinarily beautiful Hill Auditorium on multiple occasions with the University Choir, and I also had a few premieres of pieces I had written under the guidance of my composition teacher Evan Chambers.  It was a busy year packed with performances and work, but was a wonderful first year. 

I am truly grateful for the scholarship provided by the University of Michigan Club of Charlotte that helped fund my first two semesters at Michigan.  Go Blue!"

Megan Hibler, our 2010 - 2011 Scholarship winner:

Hibler"I am doing very well. Life here at Michigan is everything I'd hoped it be and much more. This semester I am taking 18 credits (econ, psych, english, movement science, and a sport management class). I will soon be applying to the Ross School of Business.

As far a extracurriculars, I am now a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity after pledging last semester. I am also a Sports Marketing Intern with the Athletic Department. But if I'm not working at an event, I am in attendance as a fan. I will attach a picture of me at last Saturday's basketball game that my dad found on the Detroit Free Press website. Other than that, I am in a few clubs and was recently selected to serve as a committee member of the Michigan Sports Business Conference, which aims to bring high profile people to the University."

When she got back to Charlotte after the semester ended, Megan volunteered for the Beds for Kids community service event we did on U-M Commencement Day.

Chris KeelerChris Keeler, one of our 2009 - 2010 Scholarship winners writes:

"Just wanted to give you an update on my progress at University of Michigan since I received your $1,000 scholarship prior to my Freshman year. I am majoring in Psychology with an emphasis on Business, Systems and Organizations. I am also getting my certificate in Entrepreneurship through the Program in Entrepreneurship. I am currently working as a paid Marketing Intern at SMARTLogix in Fort Mill, SC. Ann Arbor has been the greatest city ever, and the sporting events have been a dream come true. I've had one "oopsie" moment, as we all probably have had in our lives. Freshman year I was attempting to leave a scarf on Bo's grave before the Ohio game by jumping over the Geddes graveyard fence... not a good idea. I impaled my leg severely and will have a big scar for the rest of my life to remind me of my dedication to Michigan football (although Bo probably would have thought I was insane.)

I hope to get into marketing/business development after I graduate, as well as pursue my own entrepreneurial endeavors. I will be living about a block from the Big House this year, so Football Saturdays will be even more amazing. I wanted to thank you and the alumni club again for your generosity.  GO BLUE!!!

Please remember students like Madeline, Jonathan, Christina, Lucas, Megan and Chris and support the U of M Club of Charlotte Scholarship Fund to help assist in sending more deserving local students to Ann Arbor!