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.)
After graduation from Michigan, Abigail will take some time to explore her options, which may include graduate school.
- Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association (PALMA)
- Library Staff Member
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.
After graduation from Michigan, Adetola plans on attending medical school. Career goal is to be an Orthopedic Surgery – specialization in Sports Medicine.
- Central Student Government (CSG), LSA Representative
- Black Student Union (BSU), Programming Co-Chair
- Pre-Medical Club (PMC), member
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.
After graduation from Michigan, Aiden wants to work in the professional theatre world, especially with a focus on works that are meaningful and bring focus to those whose voices are not heard in today’s society.
At Douglas Anderson School of the Art, Aiden was involved in:
- International Thespian Honor Society
- Interact Rotary Club (Secretary)
- Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (Orienteering Team Commander)
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.
After graduation from Michigan, Airy will pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health. Career goal is to be an Obstetrician.
- La Casa
- Pre-Surgical Club
- Health Science Scholars Program (HSSP)
- Food Allergy Research
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 will be attending graduate school post-graduation with future plans of getting a PhD.
- WISE RP
Aldo Pando Girard
After graduation from Michigan, Aldo will work at an engineering company. Career goal is to be comfortable, and support his family and community.
- Black Leaders in Art Collective (president)
- UM Slam Team
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.
After graduation from Michigan, Aleija plans to take a gap year to obtain field experience before pursuing a PhD. Career goal is to be a Clinical Neuropsychologist.
- Quiz Bowl
- La Casa
- Psi Chi
After graduation from Michigan, Alejandro desires a career in the sports industry and possibly attend graduate school. Career goal is to become one of the leading figures behind the scenes of sports, affecting positive change.
High school activities:
- Varsity Soccer
- Key Club International
- Tutoring Club
After graduation from Michigan, Alex plans to work in the Computer Engineering industry, then would like to earn a master’s degree to become a teacher later in life.
- La Casa
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
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.
After graduation from Michigan, Alexander plans to enter the field of banking. Career goal is to be a C-suite executive.
- U-M Club Lacrosse
- Michigan Stocks and Bounds Organization (MSBO)
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
After graduation from Michigan, Ally has plans to either work for an arts section of a publication or get staffed on a television series.
- Michigan Daily
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.
After graduation from Michigan, Alicia plans to attend graduate school. Career goal is to earn a PhD.
Bloomfield Hills HS
- Symphony Orchestra
- Diving Team
- Habitat for Humanity
- National Honors Society
- Swim instructor at Lifetime Fitness
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 aspires to be a Chemical Researcher and Lab Technician.
- Chemistry Club
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.