Grateful alumnus John Junge creates an endowed scholarship fund for students at UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science
November 10, 2008
DEARBORN / Nov. 10, 2008---John Junge knows first-hand what a challenge it can be to get a college education. As a sign of his appreciation for the opportunities he was provided as a young person attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Junge is helping to provide similar opportunities for young people for generations to come.
Now the owner of a very successful business based in San Diego, Junge has decided to make it easier for students to follow in his path and receive engineering degrees from UM-Dearborn.
Junge recently made a gift of $350,000 to create the Junge Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at UM-Dearborn to help high school students, particularly those from the Jackson area, where he grew up, attend UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.
As a scholarship student at the University of Michigan during the early 1960s, he decided to come to UM-Dearborn in his senior year to complete his engineering degree and to take advantage of the campus’s co-op program.
His co-op placement at Ford Motor Company eventually turned into a full-time job and was the beginning of successful career. Junge now owns and runs All-Star Inc., which provides management and operations service to government and military facilities with more than 1,000 employees in 18 states and Germany.
Junge has very fond memories of his days at UM-Dearborn, when the campus had few students and fewer buildings. “We all formed some pretty great friendships and some really strong bonds,” he said. “The kinds of relationships that you form while in college will serve you well your entire life.”
He received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from UM-Dearborn in 1964.
Earlier this year, Junge received UM-Dearborn’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his “outstanding community service, leadership and personal accomplishments that enhance the reputation of the University.”
Unable to attend the ceremony because of other business, Junge videotaped a very moving message encouraging other UM-Dearborn alumni to support the campus, which was played at the event.
Junge and his family have made numerous other gifts to U-M, many of them reflecting his strong affection for the university’s athletics program. The Junge Family Champions Center, located between Michigan Stadium and Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, is named in their honor.
The Junges’ most recent gift is part of UM-Dearborn’s $40-million fundraising campaign which has focused on increasing student opportunities, strengthening academic programs and enhancing the campus’s partnerships in southeastern Michigan. The campaign, which began in 2004, will conclude with a celebration on campus on Nov. 14.