Dr. Norman A. (BSE SE ’63, MSE ’65, PhD ’69) and Mrs. Lynne S. (AB ’65) Lurie have endowed the Sylvia S. Lurie Michigan Engineering Scholarship Fund in honor of Dr. Lurie’s mother and her 100th birthday in 2016. They have established this scholarship to create a lasting legacy for Sylvia Lurie that commemorates her unwavering devotion to family, and to impact future generations with her story of perseverance and selflessness.
Growing up during the Depression, Sylvia never had the opportunity to go to college. Nevertheless, she truly understood the value of education and instilled in her children that a college education was expected of them. Suddenly widowed at age 37 with four children ages 3 to 12, she found a way to help them all get the college education she never received. All four earned graduate degrees.
As proud alumni, the Luries maintain a deep connection to the University of Michigan. Dr. Lurie attributes his success to the education he received at the College. While earning his degrees, he was a recipient of scholarship support, and his first-hand experience inspires him to provide that same opportunity to the future generations of Michigan engineers. They are pleased to be in a position to give back to the University with this fitting tribute.
The Sylvia S. Lurie Michigan Engineering Scholarship Fund will provide need-based support to full-time undergraduate students in the College of Engineering who meet the following criteria: resident of the State of Michigan, demonstrated high academic achievement and his or her parents have not attended college. Dr. and Mrs. Lurie desire that the award be presented to incoming first-year students with the opportunity to renew for an additional three years, as long as they are in good academic standing. Their intention is that one substantial scholarship is awarded annually, until the fund can sustain more scholars. This gift qualifies for the Bicentennial Opportunity Matching Initiative.