Scholarship recipients and donors reunite to kick off fundraising efforts for the Richard H. Austin accounting scholarship fund

Nearly 40 students, alumni and donors attended a reunion event for the Richard H. Austin Fund for Accounting Excellence Saturday, September 19. Dean David L. Williams and the School of Business Administration hosted this event to kick off a campaign to raise one million dollars for the scholarship fund.

Richard H. Austin passed away in 2001; however, he continues to impact students through a scholarship fund in his name. Austin was Michigan’s first African-American certified public accountant and its first African American Secretary of State. He was also Michigan’s longest-serving Secretary of State, holding office from 1971 to 1994. He promoted seat belt and child safety restraint laws, a mandatory motorcycle helmet statute and addressed driver education and traffic safety issues.
Austin Fund Chairman George Johnson and members of Austin’s family joined students and donors at the reunion to celebrate Richard Austin and the financial support the scholarship fund has provided to Wayne State students since 1989. This new campaign will grow the fund to help even more students.
If you would like more information about the Richard H. Austin Fund for Accounting Excellence and/or would like to donate to this fund, contact Jeannine Gant at 313-577-9212 or email

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