Graduate Centennial Fund
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Ford School Graduate Centennial Fund
The Ford School Graduate Centennial Fund is an endowed fund to support master's student fellowships, internships, travel, professional development, and other initiatives to enhance the student experience at the Ford School.
There’s an urgency to today’s social, economic, and environmental challenges—an urgency that students who choose the Ford School well understand. Our graduate students are diverse and gifted, active and engaged, creative and passionate, and committed to finding big-picture solutions to our world’s most difficult problems. Our faculty teach these students to think analytically and across disciplines, to appreciate context and culture, to communicate clearly and effectively, and to address problems strategically and systematically. We bolster their networks and knowledge, offering rich and plentiful opportunities for them to address real-world policy challenges during their studies, and our small, collegial culture gives them the confidence they need to lead. The Graduate Centennial Fund will support this work far into the future by:
In 1960, state support made up 78 percent of the University of Michigan’s General Fund; today, it has dwindled to 16 percent. Tuition and fees have risen to make up the difference, but all too often, students with a commitment to public service graduate with a debt burden that limits their potential to address the very challenges that drove them to earn a public policy degree in the first place. The Graduate Centennial Fund will provide fellowships to an ever-growing number of graduate students, so they can pursue meaningful careers after graduation.
Enhancing the student experience
In addition to providing fellowships, the Graduate Centennial Fund will enhance the experience of all of the Ford School’s graduate students through stipends that allow students to participate in meaningful internships in our nation’s capital, and around the world, travel support that allows them to take advantage of international policy courses like our International Economic Development Program and Chinese Policy course, professional development opportunities, including conferences, classes, mentoring, and more, and active learning programs that allow students to tackle real-world policy problems under the direction of faculty advisers.
The impact of leaders
For 100 years, growing numbers of the University of Michigan’s public policy and public administration alumni have been making an impact on our world. Today, they hold leadership posts in local and state government, in federal agencies, in international and multilateral organizations, and in non-profits of all sizes.
Philanthropy in action
"It is due to the compassion and commitment that donors have toward students like me that I'm able to continue my studies. The Ford School education is uniquely situated to provide me with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to further my public service career and give back to my own community.
From the small classroom friendships to the late nights studying for exams, it is the Ford School community that will influence my future. Because your gift opened the door to this opportunity, I can continue to try and make a difference in someone else’s life."
- Prabhdeep Kehal
MPP/MA Candidate, 2015
Fellowship recipient of annual gifts from alumni and friends