Meet the LEAD Scholars

Their chosen fields are as diverse as their stories — from medicine to business and the stage, to the vast reaches of space. They stand united in their bond as LEAD Scholars.

We welcome each of the incoming LEAD Scholars as they begin a journey that will educate, enrich, and enlighten themselves, their peers, and the University.

Scroll down to learn more about the LEAD Scholars.

(The cohort years represent when the LEAD Scholars started at the University of Michigan.)

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Abigail Haile

2018 Cohort
| Canton, MI
LSA
Residential College

As a student at Plymouth Christian Academy, Abigail was Stage Manager for several musical theatre performances. She was also the co-chair for the Spanish and German clubs and honor societies.

Adetola Ojo

2018 Cohort
| Byron Center, MI
LSA

At East Kentwood High, Adetola was varsity soccer captain and editor for the Michigan Junior Classical League, which studied the ancient world through Greek and Roman language.

Adrienna Martinez

Adrienna Martinez

2016 Cohort
| Saginaw, MI
UM-Flint
Anthropology, Spanish, Linguistics, TESOL Certification

President of Anthropology Club (2 years), Volunteered with the English Language Program in Flint.

After graduation, Adrienna will be pursuing a career as a Bilingual ESL Specialist with future plans to pursue anthropological film making.

Ainsley Ashman

2015 Cohort
Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Ainsley Ashman hopes to go into a career of public service. Ainsley is also a member of Central Student Government and Engineering Student Government on campus.

Airy Garcia

2019 Cohort
| Grand Rapids, MI
LSA

At Kelloggsville High, Airy played varsity tennis and ran track and cross country. She was also a class officer, co-captain of the Powerlifting Club, and founder of the Latino Student Union.

Alanah Cardenas O Toole

Alanah Cardenas-O’Toole

2016 Cohort
| Farmington Hills, MI
Engineering
Space Sciences and Engineering, Minor in Physics and Astronomy

Destino, Latinidad, WISE RP

Alanah will be attending graduate school post-graduation with future plans of getting a PhD.

Aldo Pando Girard

2018 Cohort
| Ypsilanti, MI
Engineering

At Pioneer High School, Aldo ran indoor and outdoor track and varsity cross country. He was active in Slam Poetry and was a member of the Michigan Youth Chamber Singers.

Aleija Rodriguez

2019 Cohort
| Monroe, MI
LSA

At Monroe County Middle College, Aleija was captain for the Quiz Bowl and the Relay for Life teams. He’s a well-spoken orator and part-time poet who was published in 2019 in IMAGES Magazine.

Alex Maldonado

2017 Cohort
| Detroit, MI
Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

As a high school student, Alex played baseball and was a member of the Congress of Communities of Southwest Detroit Youth Council. He also co-founded the Latino Culture Club.

Alexander McGee

2017 Cohort
| Inkster, MI
UM-Dearborn
Computer Science

As a student at University Prep Science and Math High School,​ Alexander was the creative designer of the Yearbook Club and the treasurer of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Alexander Yoder

2018 Cohort
| Plymouth, MI
Business

At Canton High School, Alexander was the Secretary of Student Council and Co-Owner of BYO Supplements. He also played lacrosse, did powerlifting, and was involved in the Open Door Ministry food bank.

Alexandra “Ally” Owens

2017 Cohort
| Mableton, GA
LSA
Screen Arts and Culture

As a student at Riverwood High School, Alexandra volunteered with Girl Talk Inc. as a mentor for middle school girls. She also played soccer and co-founded the Feminist Club.

Alexandra Murray

2016 Cohort
| Chicago, IL
Kinesiology
Health and Fitness

Michigan Muscle Club (President), Wolverine Fit Crossfit Club (President)

Andy plans to go on a vacation post-graduation and plans to rescue a bunch of shelter dogs.

Alexis Wilson

2015 Cohort
UM-Dearborn
Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Alexis is studying criminal justice and hopes to be a criminal defense lawyer one day. Alexis also participates in the cheerleading team.

Alicia Lenci

Alicia Lenci

2016 Cohort
| Austin, TX
Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Out of the Darkness, Michigan Triathlon, MPowered Entrepreneurship, Women in Science and Engineering

Alicia will be taking a gap year to travel and then will be pursuing a career at Capital One in Washington, D.C. as a finance rotation program associate.

Alissa Mallett

2017 Cohort
| Holly, MI
UM-Flint
Biochemistry

As a student at MI Connections Academy, Alissa was the president of the National Honor Society and a volunteer for D-DOT’s Angel’s Night Patrol. Alissa also plays the violin.

Alyson Grigsby

Alyson Grigsby

2016 Cohort
| Detroit, MI
LSA
Political Science, Minor in Asian Language and Culture

Peer Information Consultants Program (UM Library), Inclusive Campus Corps, Lloyd Hall Scholars for Writing and the Arts

After graduation, Alyson intends to matriculate to the Transcultural Studies Program under Rackham Graduate School with long-term plans to find a career in nonprofit work, public service, or diplomacy.

Amanda Webb

2017 Cohort
| Waterford, MI
UM-Flint
Environmental Engineering

As a student at Waterford Mott High School, Amanda was the president of the Students for Environmental Action and a member of the National Honor Society.