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.)
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.
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.
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 hopes to go into a career of public service. Ainsley is also a member of Central Student Government and Engineering Student Government on campus.
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.
Destino, Latinidad, WISE RP
Alanah will be attending graduate school post-graduation with future plans of getting a PhD.
Aldo Pando Girard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 is studying criminal justice and hopes to be a criminal defense lawyer one day. Alexis also participates in the cheerleading team.
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.
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.
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.
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.