How do you empower students from all walks of life to come to Michigan Engineering? Two college supporters are establishing scholarship funds for undergraduate students who might not otherwise be able to attend U-M.
FROM SMALL TOWNS
Warren Hamill (BSE ME ’58), who grew up in the Michigan village of Grass Lake, wasn’t that interested in academics. At least, not until his high school science teacher inspired him to enjoy and continue his education. After studying at Jackson Community College, he went on to receive his mechanical engineering degree at U-M – and then to design a screwdriver that went to the moon. To honor his memory and enable similar success stories for other small-town students, Warren’s wife, Marlys, has established the Marlys and Warren Hamill Foundation Fund to provide need-based scholarship assistance and support students from communities in Michigan or Nebraska to study engineering.
TO BIG CITIES
High-schoolers in Pittsburgh schools might not think Michigan is in the cards, but Richard I. Lesser(BSE ChE ‘83) wants to convince them otherwise. Rich, who attended Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh and went on to become CEO of Boston Consulting Group, has established a fund to support students from the same area. “The College of Engineering at U-M made an enormous difference in my life, building skills and opening doors that have lasted throughout my career,” said Rich. “It is nice to be able to help future students from Pittsburgh have similar opportunities in the years ahead.”