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Cheng family endows three student funds

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John Cheng (MS ’91, MA ’93, PhD ’98), Hong Kong/Beijing, has established three funds: Da Ke and Rui Endowed Fund (preference for students in Materials Science and Engineering or Chemical Engineering); Mei Juan and Jia Xin Endowed Fund (preference for students in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Applied Physics); and Jean Zhang and John Cheng Endowed Fund (no preference).

The funds are named for the donor’s parents, in-laws, spouse and self, respectively. Collectively, these funds will be known as the Cheng Family Endowed Funds. The funds will provide support for students from the UM-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute who come to Ann Arbor to study. Recipients will be chosen based on merit with a preference for students with financial need.

Dr. Cheng met his future wife at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where they were classmates, and their first child was born in Ann Arbor. He is a managing director and member of the management committee at China International Capital Corporation. This gift qualifies for the University’s Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support.

This story was written by Byron Roberts. 

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