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Scholarship Students' Stories

Each year, some 400 students graduate from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Thanks to the special blend of research, training, and service they received at Michigan, these exceptional men and women go on to become game-changers in fields as diverse as human nutrition, hospital administration, cancer research, occupational health, and vaccine development, to name just a few.

Without the generosity of scholarship support, this vital educational process simply would not happen. The gift of a scholarship is multiplied many times over as today’s students evolve into tomorrow’s leaders who, individually and collectively, bring the gift of health to people across the globe. Together, with the passionate work of our students, the expertise of our faculty and staff, and the dedicated partnership of our donors, we make a powerful team for public health.

Read about the power of scholarships, which is evident in each U-M School of Public Health student's story below.

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In Memorium: Noreen M. Clark, Ph.D.jelinekfamily

Noreen M. Clark, Ph.D., the Myron E. Wegman Distinguished University Professor of Public Health, director of the U-M Center for Managing Chronic Disease, and former dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, died November 23, 2013 in New York City after a brief illness. She was also a professor of health behavior and health education at SPH, and a professor of pediatrics at the U-M Medical School.

Noreen Clark’s work was focused on managing chronic disease among the one-half of humanity that lives with such a condition. This work was her passion, and she was the founder and driving force behind the Center for Managing Chronic Disease (CMCD). Noreen’s family has requested that people wishing to make contributions in Noreen’s memory direct their gifts to this center that represented so much that was meaningful to her. Contributions in any amount are gratefully accepted. Gifts to the Center for Managing Chronic Disease can be made online at

In Memoriam: MaryFran Sowers Fund for Women's Health

SowersDr. Sowers (1947-2011) was an extraordinary scientist and remarkable woman. A tour de force, MaryFran had a unique insight into the breadth and depth of the physiological processes common to multiple diseases. As a result of her contributions, women's health, reproductive aging, and osteoarthritis became major areas of study. A gifted teacher and mentor, MaryFran inspired hundreds of scientists.

We warmly invite you to join us in honoring MaryFran by contributing to a fund that will endorse multi-disciplinary work across the field of women’s health. The MaryFran R. Sowers Fund will support promising young scholars such as students and junior faculty and their projects to transcend boundaries among fields of research to advance women’s health.

Gifts to the MaryFran Sowers Fund for Women's Health can be made online at or by sending a check to: MaryFran Sowers Fund, SPH Development, Suite 1800, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor MI 48109.



In Honor: Robert H. Gray Scholarship in Environmental Health Sciencesjelinekfamily

There are few people at the University of Michigan School of Public Health who, through their fierce loyalty and longevity on the job, have contributed to the institution's well-being and made such an indelible mark on the past and future of the school as Professor Robert Gray. Please help us honor him with the gift of a new scholarship in his name in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Gifts to the Robert Gray Scholarship can be made online or by sending a check to: Bob Gray Scholarship, SPH Development, Suite 1800, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

In Memoriam: Professor Gerald J. Keeler (1960-2011)

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Gerald J. Keeler (1960-2011), known across campus as a tireless collaborator who bridged many disciplines and academic units at the University of Michigan to make changes in atmospheric pollution is honored through the Gerald J. Keeler Fund for Scholarship in Environment and Health. In field studies from Alaska to Florida on atmospheric mercury and other pollutants, Jerry made certain that his research and those of his 40 master’s students and doctoral candidates was of the highest value.

The Gerald J. Keeler Fund for Scholarship in Environment and Health will support multidisciplinary work in the area of air pollution and health by supporting training, student scholarships, visiting scholars and lectures in the field to promote a greater understanding of trace elements and other pollutants, and their impacts on human health and the environment.

Gifts to the Gerald J. Keeler fund can be made online or by sending a check to: Gerald J. Keeler Fund for Scholarship in Environment and Health, SPH Development, Suite 1800, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.


More Giving Opportunities

Every gift to U-M SPH plays a vital role in improving the public's health by supporting cutting-edge research, scholarships, internships, educational events, and new initiatives. See all U-M SPH giving opportunities. You can make a gift online through U-M's secure giving site.

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Planning Your Legacy

Want to make a difference in public health education, training, research or service through your estate? Let the University of Michigan Office of Planned Giving website help you understand the various ways you can support your giving interests, or call 734-764-8093 for more information.