Seven students awarded scholarships at CASL Alumni Affiliate Dinner

The seven scholarship winners from left to right: Wassim Mohamad-Said, Hailey Muscarella, Moleca Ghannam, Nichole Bowman, Alexandria Williams, Natosha Tallman, and Susan Lowe.

By CRAIG HENDERSON, Student Life Editor

On Thursday, Sept. 11, the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Board of Governors hosted the 18th Annual Scholarship Celebration Reception to award several students with scholarships for their continuing and last semesters at University of Michigan – Dearborn.

Dean and professor of History Martin Hershock started the event with warm welcomes and a small speech that congratulated the recipients on their hard work and determination that made it all pay off.

Hershock said, “The cost of classes and tuition increase every years and these scholarships help these hard working students immensely.”

The recipients were Nichole Bowman, majoring in Microbiology; Moleca Ghannam, majoring in Anthropology and Biological Sciences; Susan Lowe, Sociology and Women’s Gender Studies; Wassim Mohamed-Said, Biological Sciences; Hailey Muscarella, Psychology; Natosha Tallman, Communications; and Alexandria Williams, Behavioral Sciences.

Along with receiving scholarships, a few of the recipients commented with excitement as well as advice for students looking to receive scholarships.

A Few of those recipients who gave some insight on their gratefulness to the college and advice about receiving scholarships were Sophomore Nichole Bowman, Senior Alexandria Williams and Senior Wassim Mohamad-Said.

Williams said, “I am extremely excited and grateful to the CASL Alumni Affiliate. It allows me to focus less on the financial burden that can come with college and focus more on my studies without worrying about money. I would advise students to sacrifice today so you can have fun later in life.”

Bowman says, “I am extremely appreciative that I can attend UM-Dearborn debt free because of the scholarships offered to me. My advice to other students is to work hard from the get-go.”

Bowman says all students should pan out their goals and strive for them. “You learn a lot your first year,” “Especially with time management and setting priorities,” she continued. “I think it’s really important to know what your goals are in life and striving for them.”

Mohamad-Said reflected on the topic of putting the best foot forward and not giving up when things get hard. “I would like to recommend that students be at the top of their game while going to college; try to seek job opportunities and network.”

Many of the recipients also brought their families with them to share the moment of recognizing hard work.
According to a flyer by the CASL Alumni Affiliates, the next event will be the November Indulge on Friday, November 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Fairlane Center, located on Hubbard Drive.

This event will help raise scholarship funds for UM-Dearborn Students.

All attending can bid on unique auction gems, including tickets to entertainment and sporting events, dining packages, hotel stays and holiday gift items. There will also be a dinner buffet and live jazz music as well.

Tickets and event sponsorships are available at umdearborn.edu/indulge.
For more information on the event or if you would like to donate an auction item, contact Susan Gedert at sgedert@umich.edu.