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An Extraordinary Community

One of the most valuable aspects of the program is the community, and experiences Kessler Scholars share together. Personal connections are formed in the Peer Mentor Program, which facilitates a smooth transition to U-M. The Student Advisory Board leads service activities, social events, and outreach efforts. Community service projects reflect students’ altruistic interests, and alumni dinners and professional development events focus on promising futures. Dedicated staff offer weekly opportunities to drop in and talk about courses, finances, or anything at all.

A Mutual Commitment

The Kessler Presidential Scholarship is committed to supporting students who offer time and talent to help others. As a Kessler Scholar, you are expected to bring your spirit of service to this community.  

Program requirements

  • Maintain full-time enrollment of at least 12 credit hours in fall and winter terms

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

  • Complete 20 hours of community service per year

  • Attend monthly Kessler Scholars workshops on academic and professional growth

  • In fall semester of your first year, enroll in a Kessler Scholars first-year seminar sponsored through the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP)























A Foundation of Giving

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.