Meet John Junge
When John Junge was applying to college as a teenager in Jackson, Michigan, he assumed he would have to go to community college first because of financial constraints. But he won a scholarship to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor instead. After learning about the Dearborn campus's cooperative education program, he transferred so he could earn money in his chosen profession while finishing his studies.
Now he's giving back. Junge, '64 BSE-IE, '67 MBA, established a scholarship for high school students who want to attend the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science.
"I am thankful. I've been grateful for the education I received both in the classroom and outside the classroom during my years [at the University of Michigan-Dearborn]," said Junge, winner of the university's 2008 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award.
The Junge Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by a gift of $350,000, provides scholarships to undergraduate students in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Students must have attended a Michigan high school or have transferred from Jackson Community College, Henry Ford Community College, Calvin College, or Hope College.
"We are honored that John Junge and his family chose to give back to the College of Engineering and Computer Science," said Dean Subrata Sengupta. "Mr. Junge's generosity ensures that another generation of engineers will have the opportunity to follow his path. We are very grateful for that."
Since 1985, Junge has owned All-Star Inc., a San Diego-based company that provides management and operations service to certain government and military facilities in 18 states and Germany. The company earns about $250 million in gross annual sales and employs more than 1,200 people.
Before acquiring All-Star, Junge worked for Ford Motor Company and Rockwell International Corporation.
The Junge family has previously made other gifts to the university; the Junge Family Champions Center, in Ann Arbor, is named in their honor.