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An Extraordinary Community


Kessler Scholars come from across the country and from every corner of Michigan. They bring different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to this unique community. Their academic interests range across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. And they participate in a wide variety of activities, from playing in the Michigan Marching Band, to writing for the Michigan Daily, to participating in student service organizations like Appreciate + Reciprocate.

But Kessler Scholars share important traits. They are among the first in their families to attend college, they embrace challenges, and they are driven by a belief in giving back to their communities.











After graduation, Kessler Scholars succeed in fields such as healthcare, finance, education, public policy, law, and more. Many go on to professional or graduate study at top institutions like Columbia, Northwestern, and Harvard. And Kessler alumni are there for you too, returning frequently to campus to serve as advisors and role models for current students.


The Kessler Scholarship exists thanks to the generosity of two Michigan alumni and their family.

Fred Wilpon is chairman and chief executive officer of the New York Mets baseball team and a longtime real estate developer in New York City. Thanks to a scholarship, he was able to attend the University of Michigan—the first in his family to do so. As a student he met his wife, Judy Kessler Wilpon, a future LSA alumna.

The Wilpons credit their professional success to their time at Michigan. To ensure other students could attend Michigan, regardless of family income, the Wilpon family made a donation to establish the Irene and Morris B. Kessler Presidential Scholarship Fund in 2007, named in honor of Judy Kessler Wilpon’s parents.

Her father, Dr. Morris Kessler, emigrated to the United States from Romania when he was 12 years old. Although he did not speak a word of English when he arrived in the United States, Morris Kessler graduated from Northwestern University at age 19 and went on to earn a degree in dentistry.

Ashley Gomez, graduated 2017 | Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Current Occupation: Cigna Health Insurance, Nashville, TN

Fall 2018 Semester Events

Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 11:00-2:00pm: 
Kessler Scholars Kickoff Event

Friday, September 21, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm: 
Fall Welcome Dinner

Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm: 
Preparing Your Career for Take Off

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm:
A Seat at the Table

Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm:

Game Over: The Close of a Semester

Elena Simpkins, graduated 2010 | Major: Sociology

Current occupation: Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology, University of Michigan