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Scholarship Recipients

Announcing the Fall 2018 Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Hannah Freeland

Hannah Freeland is a junior in the University of Michigan School of Education. Hannah is from Blissfield, Michigan where she graduated as valedictorian in 2015.  She is studying secondary education with specializations in English and Spanish.  In addition to her interest in Detroit and urban education, Hannah is actively involved with the Inter-Cooperative Council, Students for Sustainability and the Political Science Club.  During her Semester in Detroit experience this fall, Hannah will intern with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project.  

In her application essay for the General Baker Memorial Scholarship, Hannah's final paragraph captures why the Committee believed she should be awarded:

"In my own life, I see the principles of General Baker’s work in the cooperative housing movement. I live in a co-op organization that has been part of Ann Arbor for almost 100 years and I follow the Brick and Mortar co-op in Detroit. The principles of co-op housing encourage the kind of social contract and collective power that I see as necessary to freedom. My housemates and I all work to maintain a safe, affordable living space that allows each of us to pursue our individual goals. Oppressive power structures rely on social division to survive. When each person only thinks about themselves, our collective power is dissolved and the privileged few hold all the power. In order to secure individual freedom, we have to look around and notice when our fellow humans are suffering. I believe that looking out for one another and recognizing the power of love and community is the only avenue towards building a happier, freer society."  

Fall 2017 Memorial Scholarship Recipient - Jose Gomez

Check back for a detailed biography of what Jose is doing now soon!