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Scholarship: The Henry B. & Jessie W. Keiser Foundation

The Keiser family tree is laden with wolverines! The University of Michigan is proud to count Henry B. Keiser (AB ’44), son Matthew (AB ’84, MBA ’66), daughter Betsy (BGS ’84), and spouses Lee Rucker (AB ’80) and Dr. Patrick Smith (DDS ’84) among its alumni, and we are extremely thankful for the generosity of this wonderful family. In 2003, the family established an endowed scholarship through the Henry B. & Jessie W. Keiser Foundation for students from New England or the MidAtlantic states that demonstrate financial need, but also possess exceptional talent. The first student supported by this generous gift recently graduated with a degree in Brain, Behavioral, and Cognitive Science. She is headed to graduate school this year with hopes of becoming an occupational therapist.

In 2007, Lee Rucker Keiser endowed another need-based scholarship in the School of Music, Theater, and Dance for cello, viola, and string bass students from the Washington D.C. area. Lee’s gift was in part inspired by the importance of music in her own life; Lee has been a violist in numerous school and community orchestras across the country. Her gift, establishing the Lee Rucker Keiser Fund, was matched by President Mary Sue Coleman through a special year-long program to encourage donors who support undergraduate scholarships.



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