Many students find their home away from home at U-M by getting involved with Student Life programs. But not all of them choose to donate after graduation, ensuring that the next generation of students can benefit in similar ways. Shuyi Li did, creating a new scholarship opportunity for Michigan students who do community service.
Shuyi Li graduated in 2012 from one of the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning’s programs and now works with a biotechnology company. Early this past spring, she was back on campus visiting friends and felt a wave of nostalgia when driving by the Ginsberg Center, struck by “all the wonderful and unforgettable memories that came to my mind.”
As an international student transferring to U of M in 2009, Shuyi wanted to get involved. A friend recommended that she look for a volunteer opportunity through the Ginsberg Center. She started as a North American Summer Service Team participant, working with potential summer-break service sites and trip planning; she later joined the program’s lead team as Public Relations Coordinator.
“I found the [student] lead team members were very friendly, and I liked the atmosphere… For me, Ginsberg is a big family, my teammates are my family members. It's my home in the U.S.”
For Shuyi, service became more than just helping others; augmented by Ginsberg’s student leader training, she learned about herself and others, and about issues in society at large.
“Before joining the Ginsberg Center, I did a lot of volunteering work, and I always thought that I was helping [those I served]… [later] I had a better understanding about how to interact with different kinds of people, and actually I felt that I was the one being helped and empowered.”
Shuyi generously pledged a donation to support more students involved in community service and social action. Through her annual gift, two first- or second-year U-M students will each be awarded a $1000 scholarship in her name to recognize their service involvement and support continued engagement and leadership with the community.
Shuyi’s gift will have a lasting impact on the lives of these students, freeing them from some of their financial burdens so they can focus on their commitment to service and learning. It is this legacy of leadership that enriches the student experience so others can gain important knowledge and skills – and make memories to last a lifetime.
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