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The middle and high school students who are part of the University of Michigan’s Wolverine Pathways program have the smarts to get to college. They have the desire. They see themselves as college students. But seeing the path to get there and stay there isn’t always clear. Wolverine Pathways formed just over three years ago with the goal of showing them the way.
Among the $1.71 billion donated to programs, UM received its largest donation in the history of its health system. The $150 million commitment from longtime donors Richard and Susan Rogel was intended to boost innovative cancer research. It also helped establish the Wolverine Pathways program, which offers a full four-year scholarship to UM to students from Ypsilanti, Southfield and Detroit who actively participate in 90 percent or more of program activities and maintain a 90 percent or better school attendance rate.
A proud U-M alum and an executive campus champion for the U-M/Accenture partnership, he keeps up with news and events at his alma mater, something made easier by his proximity working as a managing director at the Detroit-based offices of Accenture, the global consulting firm.
UM's Wolverine Pathways program saw its first class of 88 students graduate during the summer. Of the 88 scholars, 80 - 91 percent - are attending a four-year college or university.
Increasing access to a college education is a contributor to developing a strong, dynamic and diverse workforce. Old National Bank is contributing to a program at the University of Michigan that is created to do just that. U-M’s Wolverine Pathways program is designed to provide a pathway to higher education for youth from traditionally lower socioeconomic communities and communities who have a low track record of successfully sending students to the University of Michigan. Students from the Detroit, Ypsilanti and Southfield school districts can participate in Wolverine Pathways, where they receive year-round learning experiences that culminate in four years of tuition free education if they are accepted to the University of Michigan.
The Go Blue Guarantee is one of three full-tuition initiatives UM is pursuing to increase the school’s diversity. Also arriving in the fall are the first students enrolled in UM’s Wolverine Pathways, a program launched by UM in 2015. It offers current sixth- and ninth-grade students the opportunity to join the program as they begin the seventh and 10th grade in Ypsilanti and Southfield.
Images from the Wolverine Pathways Graduation Ceremony, May 2018.
Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, has announced the appointment of Carla O'Connor as director of Wolverine Pathways. She will replace the program's founding director, Robert Jagers, on June 1.