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U-M Club of Houston: About Our Local Scholarship Program

The U-M Club of Houston established its Scholarship Fund in 2014, to benefit Houston-area students attending the University of Michigan. These awards are presented each summer for the upcoming academic year only, and are non-renewable.

As of August 2023, the club has presented 26 awards (see “Scholarship Recipients” under the “Scholarship” tab). The size and number of awards given each year may vary, depending on available funding.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, the club granted three awards of $1000 each, to three first-year students from the Houston area.

Award Application Process

In early summer, the club receives the final list of Houston-area first-year students matriculated for the fall semester. Each of those students is eligible to receive a Scholarship Program Application from our club’s Director of Student Relations and Scholarships (email the Director at [email protected]). This set of documents includes an application form as well as a complete list of procedures, rules, and deadlines.

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications received and selects award recipients. The University of Michigan holds the U-M Club of Houston Scholarship Fund in a dedicated account. Award funds are deposited directly into each recipient’s U-M Office of Financial Aid student account to cover tuition, fees, etc.

For additional information, please email [email protected].

Mike Baker Memorial Award – Established 2017

One of our yearly scholarship awards is designated as the Mike Baker Memorial Award, named in honor of one of the founding members of the U-M Club of Houston. Mike Baker graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Mathematics in 1977, and served the club as Director of Student Relations, Director of Cultural/Educational Events, and Treasurer. He was an integral member of the U-M Houston alumni family: a faithful participant in student-related functions and community service events, a passionate Wolverine fan at sports watch parties, and a smiling face at social events until his passing in 2016. Mike loved the University of Michigan and his local U-M club, and he is dearly missed by all who knew him.

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