The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters depends on generous gifts to support scholarships and programs, furthering the college's commitment to providing students with an outstanding educational experience.  The College is grateful for these expressions of generosity, and the following are examples of gifts and the impact they have on our students and programs. 

March 2019

UM-Dearborn Ottawa/Canada Internship Program

Alumni Eric and Paula Nemeth recently endowed a new fund to support the UM-Dearborn Ottawa/Canada Internship Program. Their generous pledge of $50,000 is a challenge to others to give to the program and ensure its continuation long into the future.  If you would like to make a gift, please contact Diane Gulyas, Director of Development, CASL, at 313-593-5504 or via email at  

Dr. Ned Fawaz Scholarship

Dr. Fawaz made an endowed gift that will provide scholarships to pay for tuition for UM-Dearborn students with financial need who are conducting research with the Center for Arab American Studies and/or in courses or internships offered by the Center. Eligible applicants will also be graduates from high schools located in Wayne County, MI. 

Study Abroad in Poland Scholarship

An anonymous donor made a gift of $10,000 to provide scholarships for UM-Dearborn students to participate in the CASL Study Abroad in Poland program

Helen Zawada-Bronisz Book Fund

Mary Ann Zawada made a generous gift in memory of her sister, Helen, to support the purchase of textbooks for students enrolled in the CASL SOAR program.


December 2018

Roger C. Loeb Scholarship

Professor Roger Loeb (psychology) made a gift commitment through his estate to endow the Roger C. Loeb Scholarship which will be used to provide scholarship support based on financial need and merit to undergraduate and/or graduate students in CASL who are majoring in psychology, sociology, anthropology, behavioral sciences, health psychology or clinical health psychology.

UM-Dearborn Mathematics Scholarship

$4,000 was received in anonymous gifts to the UM-Dearborn Mathematics Scholarship endowment

Ottawa Internship Scholarship

$2,300+ was received in anonymous gifts to the new Ottawa Internship Scholarship for UM-Dearborn students. 

"Get to Graduation" Fund. 

Members of the CASL Dean's Advisory Council pledged more than $25,000 for gifts on Giving Blueday including $9,750 as a challenge gift to the CASL Student "Get to Graduation" Fund. 

We are still in the process of tallying the total amount of gifts received on Giving Blueday for CASL and look forward to sharing more details in the near future.  


November 2018

Professor Angela J. Allen Scholarship

Angela J. Allen was a long-time organic chemistry faculty member who passed away in 2017. Angela's family endowed a scholarship to support students with financial need who have passed organic chemistry and are involved in various student organizations on campus.  In addition, Chemistry faculty have generously pledged additional funds to support the endowment.

Gift from Angela's estate to the SOAR Program

Angela's family also presented a gift to SOAR during the program's 20th anniversary celebration on October 25. SOAR's mission is to increase access to post-secondary education for non-traditional adult learners with financial need. This gift will support SOAR’s Laptop/Technology Student Loaner Program.  


Nancy Lemkie Scholarship for SOAR Students

Funded with an anonymous gift to honor Nancy Lemkie, who was the driving force behind the establishment of the SOAR program. Student Ahqam Algalham is the inaugural recipient of the new scholarship, also presented on October 25 at SOAR’s 20th anniversary celebration.


CASL Legacy Lecture

An anonymous donor established this endowed fund with a gift so retiring CASL faculty members can present a lecture to share their views on higher education and their career and/or life experiences. Each lecture will be taped and put into a special archival space on the University of Michigan's Deep Blue site.


Fadwa Makki Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was funded with a gift by Prof. Al Turfe (lecturer II in mathematics) in memory of his niece. It will benefit UM-Dearborn students majoring in Journalism. 


Sargon Partners Undergraduate Research Showcase

The 8th annual event, held October 26, was underwritten by 1985 CASL alumnus Jeff Golota and Sargon Partners founder. This showcase gives CASL students the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their scholarly projects and receive campus-wide recognition for their research work. 


One of CASL's long-time donors, Alberta Abbott, passed away in September. Mrs. Abbott very generously left 100% of the proceeds of her estate to the University of Michigan (Dearborn and Ann Arbor).  We recently received the first gift from her estate which was distributed to several existing funds and will also establish the following new endowed funds at UM-Dearborn: 

George and Alberta Abbott Fund honoring NASA and Dr. Wernher von Braun 

To support technology and program enhancements for the GAM Lab. Named for Mrs. Abbott and her late husband, George, this gift honors the organization (NASA) that had a profound impact on their lives because this is where they met and worked for many years. The fund also honors Dr. Wernher von Braun, one of the most important rocket developers and champions of space exploration in the United States.

George A. Abbott Music Lecture Series in honor of Musician Harry James

To support a music lecture series that enhances student learning and exposure to leading musicians and musicologists preferably with a focus on jazz and/or the trumpet.  Mr. Abbott loved jazz, played the trumpet throughout his life, and was fond of musician Harry James.

Susan Zehra Memorial Scholarship

To support Integrative Studies (created from the former BGS and Liberal Studies programs) majors at UM-Dearborn.  Susan was Mrs. Abbott’s late niece. 

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