University of Michigan Alumni Association


The Mary Romig-de Young Scholarship

The University of Michigan Club of Philadelphia offers scholarships to promising scholars from the Philadelphia metropolitan area who enroll as undergraduate students at the University of Michigan. Our scholarship is named in memory of Mary Romig-de Young, a long-time alumni club member who was the heart and soul behind the club for many, many years Mary had a special fondness for scholarship activities and led the fundraising for much of our current endowment.

The scholarship is a need-based scholarship offered to one or more outstanding Philadelphia area high school seniors each year. The number and amounts of scholarship awards may vary from year to year. Recent awards have been between $1,500 and $8,000. The actual amount of the award is determined by many factors including the demonstrated, unmet financial need of the applicant and the results of the alumni interview. The money is deposited directly in the student's account at the University of Michigan, with half the money deposited in September for the fall semester, and the other half in January for the winter semester. Any renewable awards are subject to the applicant maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA at Michigan and submittal of an official transcript to the Club during the summer.

This Year's Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

How To Apply

High school seniors from the club area (Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and most of Chester counties in Pennsylvania, South Jersey up to Trenton in New Jersey) who are applying to the University of Michigan for the 2016-2017 academic year are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. Note that any admitted student is eligible to apply. However, only those students deemed as having a certain level of unmet financial need by the University's Office of Financial Aid (OFA) are eligible to receive the scholarship. Therefore, you must have applied to the OFA for financial aid to have any chance to be eligible for the scholarship.

Please see the scholarship application (Word doc) which contains complete instructions and deadlines for submitting the application.


The only way we have been able to attract and reward such talented students is the gracious support of our club members. We sincerely appreciate all the contributions from you that have made the scholarship possible.

Like most good things in life, we must continue to nourish and take care of our scholarship funds to continue the scholarship well into the future. If you are interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund so that we can continue to identify, recruit, and reward the local “Leaders and Best”, there are three ways that you can contribute.

  1. Make a donation to the scholarship fund. You can do this electronically via credit card and directly through the University. If you'd rather mail a check or make your contribution in a different way, please email Gary Cohen to receive more information.
  2. Suggest a fundraising idea for the scholarship fund. Please send your ideas to Gary Cohen at who will present it to the Board for consideration. If the Board approves the idea, your skill and assistance in executing the fundraiser is greatly appreciated.
  3. Volunteer to assist in any fundraising events. No assistance is too small or too big! Please indicate your interest by contacting Gary Cohen at

Other Scholarship Links

Scholarship information and resources from U-M.

Contact Us 

If you have any questions about the scholarship program, have any suggestions related to scholarship or fundraising, or would like to participate in our scholarship and fundraising activities, please contact Gary Cohen at