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Kessler Presidential Scholarship

The Irene and Morris B. Kessler Presidential Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 and made possible by a gift to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts from Judy and Fred Wilpon. Their gift created the largest scholarship cohort in LSA, which has grown to more than 150 students.

The Kessler Presidential Scholarship is named in honor of Judy Kessler Wilpon's immigrant parents, Irene and Morris B. Kessler. Despite struggling financially to put Judy and her sisters through college, they managed to fund their daughters to successfully graduate from LSA. Because of Judy's parents' understanding of the importance of education, and the Wilpons’ desire to create opportunities for others, they established the Kessler Scholarship to support students who otherwise would be unable to attend Michigan. 

The Wilpons believe in building a strong group of campus leaders and scholars who will add to the Michigan campus and change the world after they leave Ann Arbor. All Kessler Presidential Scholars are selected based on their exemplary admissions applications, essays, recommendations, and records of achievement. Each student contributes something unique to this community and has the opportunity to participate in special events and programs that enrich their Michigan experience.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017:
First day of classes

Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 10am-3pm:
Orientation Day

Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6-8:30pm: 
Kessler Luncheon with Donors Fred and Judy Wilpon

Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6-8pm:
LSA Scholarship Welcome Event

Why was I selected as a Kessler Presidential Scholar?

All Kessler Scholars are selected based upon their accomplishments, financial need, and potential to become successful campus leaders. The LSA Scholarship Office reviews your admissions essays, recommendations, and records of achievement, specifically seeking:

  • high academic and personal accomplishments

  • distinct leadership skills and service to others

  • the ability to overcome adversity

  • promising capability to contribute to and benefit from the diverse Kessler Scholars community

Benefits and Expectations of the Kessler Scholarship

The Kessler Scholarship is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) and provides students with the opportunity to become a member of the greater University of Michigan community. As a Kessler Scholar, you will be invited to participate in:

  • social and team building activities

  • opportunities for experiential education, study abroad, and internship programs

  • mentorship and service projects to help you grow and thrive as a student and person

  • academic and financial support services

How to Accept the Kessler Scholarship

All students offered the Kessler Presidential Scholarship will be sent letters via US mail between January and Mid-March. To accept this scholarship offer, you must complete the Scholarship Response Form enclosed in your offer letter and return it by mail on or before May 1, 2017.

If you will not be enrolling at the University of Michigan, please let us know as soon as possible so another deserving student may benefit from the scholarship.

Who do I contact with additional questions?

Gail Gibson

Kessler Presidential Scholars Program

Reginald Hammond Jr.

Assistant Director,
Kessler Presidential Scholars Program

Doug Fletcher

Assistant Director,
LSA Scholarship Office