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U-M Club of Tucson: Prior Recipients

Thanks to the generous donations from southern Arizona alumni, we have been able to support many local students in their endeavors to attend the University of Michigan!

2023: Terahnia Williams

2023: Vincent Ferrara

2023: Ava Reynolds

2022: Aliyah Douglas

Aliyah Douglas is a graduate of Ironwood Ridge High School and is attending University of Michigan as a Musical Theater student. At Michigan, she plans to pursue her love of writing, directing, and choreography, to create projects and be a positive force in the industry. Throughout her high school career she participated in her school’s drama and musical clubs, various theater productions in the Tucson community, spent time volunteering with the Veteran’s Hospital and Salvation Army, and was a member of the National Honors Society.

2020: Noah Hilbig

Noah is a graduate of Nogales High School and will be attending the University of Michigan as a student in the College of Engineering. Noah is passionate about sustainability and diversity, and hopes to make an impact on the future of our planet through his engineering career. Throughout his high school career, Noah was involved in tennis, academic clubs, community service, and a member of the Boy Scouts. As a longtime fan of the Wolverines, he can’t wait to take advantage of all Michigan has to offer and represent the maize and blue!

2018: Sophia Rightmer

Sophia Rightmer, a graduate of University High School, will be starting her fall semester at University of Michigan, for a dual degree in the School of Music, Theater, and Design (SMTD), and the School of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). In the SMTD program, she will be pursuing her passion of cello playing through a degree of Cello Performance with the esteemed cello professor Richard Aaron. Throughout her high school career, Sophia has participated in numerous national music camps, won multiple competitions, and soloed with three orchestras. Though officially undecided, Sophia has a deep passion for academics. Specifically, in the disciplines of American History, Economics, and Political Science. She was even a winner of the National Colonial Dames of America’s National Essay Contest, and gained the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. on full scholarship for their Congressional Seminar Program. Sophia is extremely excited to make the most of her time at University of Michigan. Go Blue!

2017: Dylin Reese Grabell

Dylin graduated with High Honors from BASIS Tucson North High School in 2017. In high school, she received several academic recognitions and worked in a laboratory focused on pancreatic cancer research, volunteered for a non-profit organization that supports students with lupus and was involved in the National Honor Society. She is very excited to attend Michigan and experience everything the school has to offer. Dylin is currently planning to pursue a major in Economics, but is also looking forward to exploring new fields of study.

2017: Mark Andrew (Drew) Herselj

Drew graduated from Catalina Foothills in May 2017. At Michigan, he is an intramural soccer referee and is being interviewed to become a campus day tour guide. Drew reports his classes have been going well, and he’s looking forward to declaring that he is a Computer Science major next year. He is going to be participating in Winter Rush for Greek Life, and is a member of the climbing club. Drew chose Michigan because of the immense school pride and the legacy of the college of engineering, and after being there for a month, he knows he made the right decision!

2017: Drew Mckearney

Drew graduated from Ironwood Ridge ranked 5th in his class in May 2017. In high school, he was an All-State selection and captain of his state runner-up lacrosse team, as well as an active participant in several clubs/societies. He is now involved in Greek Life at Michigan, the Michigan Backpacking Club, and plans to join the club lacrosse team during Winter Semester, and study abroad in France sophomore year or during his post-freshman summer. Drew says his classes are very challenging at Michigan, but he thinks he may declare an Industrial and Operations Engineering major as soon as Winter Semester, with a business minor to go along with it. Drew is proud to be a Wolverine and is enjoying life on campus more and more each day.

2016: Justin Ni

Justin graduated from Catalina Foothills High School in 2016. Currently, he is involved in the U-M’s badminton club, attending weekly training and local tournaments. He is also a heavily involved member of Living Arts, a living/learning community that brings together students from the arts, engineering, architecture, and other fields to explore creativity through collaboration. Now he is pursuing a joint degree within the school of Art and Design and LSA. He’s not sure where this path will ultimately take him, but he’s excited to find out nonetheless.

2016: Rachel Levy

Rachel graduated from University High School in Tucson in May, 2016. She reports that she is having a most amazing time at the U-M. She is a new member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She is loving all of the many amazing philanthropic, social, and leadership-oriented opportunities at Michigan. Additionally, she has joined the Sirens A Capella group which allows her to indulge her love of music and has given her a vibrant and talented community to be a part of. Her first semester of classes have been challenging, but exciting and she is searching for the best study spot on campus. Her current plan is to double major in Organizational Studies and Political Science. Rachel declares that deciding to Go Blue is the best decision she has ever made.

2015: Erica Tevere

Erica moved to Tucson in 2012 from New Jersey and graduated with High Honors from BASIS Tucson North. She has received several academic recognitions and is also active in her church and volunteer activities. Her decision to attend U-M was influenced by the passion she sees in students and alumni she has met who express their pride in being Wolverines.

2014: Jessica Todsen

Jessica is a graduate of Catalina Foothills High School where she excelled academically (4.0+ GPA) and participated in varsity softball as well as other extra-curriculars. She has also volunteered at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Jessica cited the alumni support system as one of the reasons for choosing U-M, where she plans to study Biomedical Engineering.

2013: Jantzen Hale

Jantzen is a 2013 graduate of Canyon del Oro High School. Along with her academic ambitions (she graduated with a 3.92 GPA), Jantzen actively participated in varsity sports, including track and field, swimming, and diving. Jantzen plans to pursue a career in law; as such, she plans to major in political science while at U-M. Jantzen spent the summer of 2013 in Ann Arbor attending the Bridge Program—she took various courses while living in the Mosher-Jordan residence hall. She absolutely loves living in Ann Arbor and meeting her classmates. She has expressed her sincere gratitude for the scholarship, as well as how happy she is to be a Wolverine!

2013: Rachel Dick

Rachel graduated from Tanque Verde High School, where she was her class’s valedictorian. Rachel will begin at U-M this fall as a biomedical engineering major. Her interest in engineering has been present throughout her high school studies—she was a KEYS intern with the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy and Department of Medical Imaging. As an intern, she participated in a large-scale research study—the title of her study was “Drug Delivery Across the Blood-Brain Barrier Using Focused Ultrasound and Microbubbles”. Rachel is a very ambitious and accomplished student already, and will continue to find success at U-M! She is very excited to join the close-knit, passionate Wolverine community!

2012: Caitlin Kelly

Caitlin is a graduate of St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson with a 3.84 cumulative GPA. She is an avid writer and poet who has already written a book and is seeking a publisher, hence she plans on continuing her love of writing with a creative writing major. Caitlin has been active in her high school’s drama department as well as French and poetry clubs. Caitlin’s passion, aside from writing and the performing arts, is competing horses in a sport called Three Day Eventing; she has participated in this sport her entire life and plans on continuing throughout her time at U-M (yes, she is bringing her horse to Ann Arbor!) to eventually make it to the Olympics. At Michigan, Caitlin will be a member of the Residential College learning community where she will hone her creative writing and French language skills. In conjunction with creative writing, she plans on taking a second major or a minor in economics.

2010: Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee, a graduate of University High School in Tucson, with a 4.16 GPA, four years of varsity tennis, Science Olympiad, hospital volunteer, and much more. She is majoring in finance and business economics at the U-M Ross School of Business.

2009: Jessica Larson

Jessica Larson, a graduate of Catalina Foothills High School, with many extracurricular activities. She is majoring in Art History, in order to pursue a career as curator of art museums.

2008: Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth Kennedy, a Biochemistry Honors student, a graduate of Catalina Foothills High School, and a transfer to the U-M from Northwestern after her freshman year.


6 local area high school graduates who enrolled at U-M and received a scholarship.

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