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Arthur W. and Mary C. Bromage Fellowship
The Arthur W. and Mary C. Bromage Fund provides student fellowship and internship support in honor of the Bromage family. These scholarships are essential for recruiting and retaining talented students--students who will use their Ford School education to become the policy leaders of the future.
About the fund
Arthur W. Bromage (1904-1979), the school's longest serving faculty member, had been at the center circle of the Ford School community for five decades. Alumni and friends established a small fund in his honor just after his retirement, and set out to do more after his passing in 1979. With gifts from the Michigan Municipal League, the International City Managers Association, and the Earhart Foundation, they awarded Arthur W. Bromage Fellowships and Internships to a small group of students, and began to reach out to alumni and friends to contribute to an endowed fund that would honor his legacy far into the future.
Contributions from alumni and friends poured in and, though they slowed in subsequent years, they never really stopped. Together, 250 donors along with institutional investments have contributed $383,000 to the Bromage Fund. From the beginning, the University of Michigan invested those funds carefully, as it does all endowed funds, and provided the Ford School with a small percentage of the value each year for Bromage Fellows and Interns. Today, thirty-seven years since its launch, the Arthur W. and Mary C. Bromage Fund is valued at $1.3 million.
In the last decade, this endowment has provided $631,532 to more than 100 of the Ford School's talented students. Last year alone, $74,000 from the Bromage Fund supported five fellowships and nine internships.
Philanthropy in action
"My presence at the University of Michigan would not be possible without financial assistance from the Bromage Fund. I applied to public policy school because I saw on the ground level how policy, and lack thereof, affects children. I believe practical teaching knowledge is essential to creating good education policy, but so is a thorough grounding in the policy process. The Ford School offers me the chance to supplement my classroom knowledge with a more macro level view of how we can best improve our public education system. My extracurricular activities, combined with the stellar Ford School courses such as Craig Ruff’s Leadership and Communication in State-Level Policymaking, will hopefully lead to a job working in education reform at the city and state level."
- Lauren Burdette
MPP Candidate, 2015
Bromage Fund fellowship recipient
"I was honored and very grateful to be awarded Bromage funding as I pursued an unpaid internship with Volunteers of America (VOA) in its Veterans Affairs and Military Communities Department. Thanks to donor support, I was able to assist VOA in their efforts to honor and support the women and men who have served our country, as well as the families who walk with them every step of the way. This work is extremely meaningful to me, and I would not have been able to accept the position without assistance from the Bromage Fund. I am honored to be focusing now on ensuring that our nation’s veterans and their families are able to access the resources they need to thrive."
- Caroline Meehan (MPP '13)
Bromage Fund internship support recipient
Program Manager, Military Communities
Volunteers of America