Wayne State alumni scholarships enable 13 students to dream big about their futures

The burden of tuition costs is diminished for 13 students from the Wayne State University College of Engineering and the Mike Ilitch School of Business. The students are sharing more than $30,000 in scholarship awards from alumni Russell Ebeid and Jim McLennan, former Alumni Association board member. The Ebeid Family Fund Scholarship housed at the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, an ACCESS Institution, and the McLennan Family Foundation Scholarship are $2,500 apiece for qualifying Arab American, African American or Latino students enrolled in business or engineering at WSU. Both private scholarships are funded and administered through the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs at Wayne State, said private scholarships such as these are often the key to a student successfully completing their degree. “We want more of our students to graduate within four years, and many times, their ability to do so is based on financial need,” Ezzeddine said. “Opportunities that are provided by alumni donors such as Mr. Ebeid and Mr. McLennan make a difference for these students that will last a lifetime. We are so grateful for their support and encouragement.”

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