Alumni “Swing for the Students” at sixth annual golf outing


The Wayne State University School of Business Administration Alumni Association hosted its sixth annual "Swing for the Students" golf outing on July 23 at the Detroit Golf Club to grow the endowment fund for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship, which the association established to support Detroit high school graduates who wish to pursue higher education at Wayne State's business school.

This year the association more than doubled its net proceeds, adding approximately $75,000 to the endowment and bringing its total to more than $375,000. The number of sponsorships acquired also increased, from 36 last year to 54 this year, setting the stage to help even more students in the years to come.

Nia Henderson, a management student who received the scholarship in 2011, said receiving the scholarship had a great impact on her life.

"Receiving this scholarship has helped me continue to invest in my dreams. I did not have to stress over how my education would be funded because generous donors want to see me and the other recipients succeed," she said.

"Doors have opened for me that I didn't think would ever open and the opportunities have been more than rewarding."

Matthew Simoncini, CEO and president of Lear Corporation, is one of a group of dedicated alumni who actively contribute to the golf outing's success. He obtained the event's title sponsorship from Lear and recruited additional corporate sponsors.

"This event is the perfect combination of business networking, communication, fundraising and fun," Simoncini said. "I am very proud of my WSU roots, and I believe the university is one of Detroit's jewels. Its mission of providing a world-class education to those who may not otherwise have that opportunity needs to be supported.

"Swing for the Students helps us get this message out to a broad group of individuals while raising money for scholarships. I received support during my time as a student, and I feel a real obligation to do my part in helping to support today's students."

Visit the golf outing website early next year for more information about the 2013 event.

Read about how the scholarship is impacting students’ lives here. If you have not yet participated in the golf outing, we hope their stories will inspire you to participate in the future. You need not be a golfer to participate. Sponsorships are available for companies and individuals. Donations to the scholarship fund are also accepted.