Student Life

Paul and Amy Blavin

Paul Blavin, retired CEO and co-founder of Blavin & Company, an international investment firm, is also a former board member and current supporter of The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.

Scholarship support, however, is not enough to ensure that students from foster care can succeed at the U-M. Because these students typically arrive on campus lacking the family support that most undergraduates enjoy, they require guidance from dedicated University staff members along with a strong sense of community within their new U-M family. In short, the Blavin Scholars need a program – The Blavin Scholars Program -- that builds this feeling of community and supports their success at one of the most selective Universities in the world. By supporting The Blavin Scholars Program, donors play an important role in enabling the University to provide these recipients with this essential assistance.

Meeting needs beyond financial aid In addition to facing the basic challenge of navigating the University itself and taking advantage of the resources available to all students (career counseling, academic counseling, personal counseling, etc.), Blavin Scholars have far more extensive needs, including:

  • assistance with their transition to college and other transitions and decisions during the school year;
  • tailored mentoring/coaching and academic support that take into consideration each student’s unique strengths and weaknesses;
  • help coordinate housing during University breaks;
  • assistance with access to mental health services beyond those typically required by the college population;
  • structured educational programming to help the Scholars connect with each other as a community, participate in activities, enable the more senior students to help the newer students, and provide resources and support for each other.

Support from friends like you will make a difference Paul and Amy Blavin, in conjunction Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper and Dean of Students Laura Blake Jones, have worked to analyze the long-term requirements of the Blavin Scholars and create a Blavin Scholars Program to meet these needs.

The goal is to raise $50,000 a year to cover the annual costs of the Blavin Scholars Program. Contributions large or small from donors like you will provide these deserving students with the support they need to flourish on campus and earn their U-M degree. To learn more about how you can give contact Matt Burrows at 734/647-1940 or burrowsm@umich.edu

Read about one of the first Blavin Scholars who has graduated from the university with her undergraduate degree and is now pursuing her MSW here at U-M: via freep.com