University of Michigan Alumni Association

Scholarships

Please contact President Ann-Marie Anderson (AAUM94@gmail.com) and Scholarship Chair, Kristine Black (KTBlack73@earthlink.net) with questions regarding scholarships. 

Apply

Scholarship applicants should forward (preferably via PDF/email) a letter of interest, substantition of need and current transcripts to Kristine Black at the email address above. Submission of these materials is no guarantee of an award of scholarship monies and all scholarships which are awarded are coordinated with and through the U of M Office of Financial Aid. We receive applications throughout the year and notify recipients of their scholarship awards in June. 

Donate

The Phoenix Club has a long and rich history, over the last thirty years, of raising scholarship funds, recruiting students and awarding scholarships. If you would like to donate to our scholarship fund, donate online heredownload the form (PDF) or contact our Club President, Scholarship Chairman and/or Student Alumni Recruiting Chairman. 

Recipients

We have 2 recent superstar scholarship recipients -- Ms. Chelsea Groen and Ms. Alex DeWulf.  Chelsea was awarded academic scholarships from the University of Michigan Club of Greater Phoenix in 2009 and 2011 and has earned nearly all "As" and, as her letter to our club below indicates, is having a fabulous experience at UM!  Alex's grades have been equally spectacular and she is a varsity cheerleader for the Wolverines, which she tells us about in her letter, below.

We also have a scholarship award for Mr. Ashish Sridhar, who is presently a senior at Brophy and will enter U of M as a freshman in the Fall of 2012.

Ashish is a senior at Brophy College Preparatory and has been accepted to the University of Michigan - Early Action. He is in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a weighted GPA of 4.36 and is currently enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering course being offered by University of Arizona at the Brophy campus.  He has experience with the University of Michigan, having attended a two week workshop on Introduction to Lab Research Methods there in Summer 2009.

Some of Ashish’s accomplishments include:

Awards and Successes: 
1.     Coca-cola scholar – semi-finalist
2.     President’s scholarship at Georgia Tech - semi-finalist
3.     National Merit Semi-Finalist
4.     Distinguished Student Award – Brophy College Preparatory ( Nov 2011)
5.     Intellectual Competency Award – Brophy College Preparatory ( May 2011)
6.     Commissioner - AZ Governor’s Youth Commission  (2010 –)
7.     Leadership award – Phoenix Youth Symphony, Strings Orchestra (May 2010)
8.     Member - Padre Kino chapter of the National Honor Society at Brophy College Preparatory (2009 – )
9.     Member – National French Honors Society ( 2010 – 2011)
10.   AP Scholar with Distinction award (2010, 2011) by the College Board 
11.   AP Scholar award (2009) by the College Board

Completed Research in the following interests:
1.     Garcia Research Scholar – SUNY, Stony Brook , Summer 2011
·      Topic - Polarization and Angle Dependence of Fluorescence From Aligned DNA
2.    Volunteer Research Assistant at the Chaput Lab, Biodesign Institute, ASU (July 2010 – Mar 2011)
·      Topic - Scanning the Human Genome for Translation enhancing Elements
3.     Participated in a Research Internship program at Arizona State Univ.  – SCENE (Oct 2009 – Mar 2010)
·      Topic – Sprawl Repair Mapping project

In his spare time, he is involved in:
1. Brophy League of Academic contests team (membership by invitation)
2. Planning committee for the Summit on Human Dignity  - A school based forum to examine global issues (selection by competitive application) 
3. Lemon Aid Club – a group that focuses on raising money for charity by selling lemon aid at various events.
4. Completed over 200 hours of community service over the past 3 years
5. Accomplished violinist in the Phoenix Youth Symphony and Brophy School Orchestra / Honors Orchestra (2nd chair)
6. Tennis – 3 -year member of the Brophy JV tennis team and a ranked USTA B16 player in the SW Region
7. Taekwondo – Black belt

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Dear Ann Marie and the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Phoenix,

I am writing this letter to first of all thank you all for providing scholarship 
money towards my tuition last year. I cannot even begin to describe how 
unbelievable my freshman year at Michigan was and what a perfect fit the musical 
theatre program is for me. Never have I ever been more happy in my life, nor 
surrounded by a more beautiful environment filled with the best professors, 
mentors, and community of the most talented, loving, supportive, beautiful peers 
I could ever imagine! I have learned so much, made such unbelievable 
friendships, and grown immensely as a performer and person in just one year. I 
am looking forward to beginning my sophomore year at Michigan as a musical 
theatre major, and am looking forward to auditioning for the shows and having 
more opportunities to perform and perfect my craft as a singer, dancer, and 
actor. I cannot imagine going to school anywhere else.

Unfortunately, my family has really struggled financially for the past few 
years. The recession hit us really hard, and my dad has been struggling to find 
a steady job, and thus has been without income for a while. Because of this, 
however, we qualify for a good deal of financial aid, but not enough. I have 
taken out a lot of loans, and will be in a lot of debt, but it is SO worth it to 
me. I love my school so much, and know that in order for me to be successful in 
a field that is so extremely competitive, University of Michigan is THE place to 
be. So, I am asking for your help once again. I would be so grateful for any 
financial support the club might be able to offer.

I have included my transcript for your review. Thank you again for supporting me 
last year, and for your consideration in helping me in the next few years to 
come.
Sincerely,

Chelsea Groen

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Dear Board Members,            

Law Lib, Rah Rah, Sisterhood, and Determination are four ways to describe my life at the University of Michigan. The law library is my home. I make academics a priority in my life at UofM and can say I have unfortunately missed some nice days and fun events, such as the Big Chill hockey game in the Big House, because I have been studying like a nerd in the library. Rah Rah is how I support my school. I am a varsity cheerleader and help lead the fans at every football, basketball, and volleyball game. It’s such a rush to cheer in the Big House! Sisterhood is what keeps me sane. Without my 60 sisters in Delta Delta Delta sorority I would be lost. Together we work to raise money for St. Jude’s throughout the year, teeter totter in the Diag for Motts Children’s Hospital, and host the popular Tri-Hop (our version of IHOP) to raise money for other charities. They are my family while I’m half a country away from my real one. My determination is what allows me to succeed in academics, cheer, and sorority responsibilities in order to make the most of my college experience.            My name is Alex DeWulf and I am so proud to say I am a junior in the school of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan studying Movement Science. I am a determined student and strive to do my best no matter what it may be.  I have had the ultimate college experience; one that every high school senior dreams of when they graduate.  I chose to leave Arizona and attend University of Michigan for many different reasons: I wanted four seasons (which I love), big 10 sports with tons of school pride and spirit, exceeding academics, and a fun college town and campus. I have no regrets about my decision and love everything about my school, which is part of the reason my brother decided to become a wolverine also. My parents have four children, including myself, my younger brother, and two, younger twin sisters (who will also be attending college in three years). My brother and I have both been fortunate enough to attend our dream school, University of Michigan, which is one of the most expensive public schools in the country. I know it has not been easy on my parents and I really am trying to help them out in any way that I can. That is why I am hoping you will consider me for a scholarship or any financial aid to help pay for my education. My parents will end up spending a huge sum on both my brother’s and my education. I have already applied for loans and am responsible for paying for anything I need at school such as food, clothes, and entertainment. I am also responsible for paying for my grad school when that time comes in a couple of years. I am glad you all are alumni because you know how lucky my brother and I are to attend this amazing University and have our own experiences as Wolverines. 

            In the future I see myself helping people. The past two summers I have interned at Physical Therapy Clinics helping patients with exercises and performing treatments such as Ultra Sounds, Stem, Heat, Laser, and Ice. I am a people person and I love to work with and around others. I became interested in Kinesiology and the human body when my mom tore her ACL skiing, and had to attend physical therapy. I also enjoyed taking Anatomy in high school. I've always wanted a job where I can come home each day and say I helped change someone's life for the better.  In the future I hope to graduate from the University of Michigan with great grades, go on to attend a physician assistant grad school (PA), and then hopefully work at a private practice as a PA. I also hope to travel a lot, get married, and have a family; but for right now I'm trying to focus on school and having fun while I can. I know I will always be proud to be a Wolverine and hope someday I can help other students pay for their own experience at the University of Michigan. Thank you for your time and consideration! Go Blue!

Alex DeWulf