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Nov. 9, 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Young

Ann Arbor philanthropist funds education scholarships at EMU

YPSILANTI — A gift of $200,000 from Phil Jenkins, a philanthropist from Ann Arbor, has funded additional scholarships for graduate students in Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education. Jenkins has donated more than $500,000 to EMU to date. His generosity supports the Jenkins-Tracy Expendable Scholarships in the Leadership and Counseling Department.

Jenkins hopes his gift will help address a critical shortage of trained school administrators and counselors in Michigan and the nation.

Two years ago, Jenkins’ donation provided tuition for 16 graduate-level students.   

This year, full tuition was provided for an additional 20 students in the program, funding almost 500 graduate credit hours in total. The intent is to follow these students for two to three consecutive years, thus providing the necessary financial means for them to receive their master’s degrees. Scholarship recipients are selected from the EMU on-and-off campus centers and the Weekend University, thus enhancing opportunities for students all over southeastern Michigan.           

Jenkins-Tracy scholars for 2006-07 are: Gregory Anglin of Belleville; LeJuana Arrington of Detroit; Angela Beskow of Ypsilanti; Tina Breitner of LaSalle; Kristin Chiasson of Wayne; Chiara Coburn of Redford; Kraig Enders of Howell; Sarah Ghotane of Wayne; Gillian Greenbaur of Park; Robert Howard of Byron; Kimberlee Jackson of Redford; Jennifer Kelley of Jackson; Jonathon Larson of Utica; Stephanie Meyer of Saginaw; Lindsey Moore of Canton; Harry Pinter of Belleville; Jennifer Rodgers of Hillsdale;  Kimberly Sanders of Redford; Lori Trapp of Ypsilanti; and Tyrone Weeks of Ypsilanti.

Jenkins founded Sweepster, Inc., which manufactures attachment, walk-behind, self-propelled and airport runway sweepers for all types of equipment used around the world.

His philanthropy efforts have also funded the creation of the Generations Together center in Dexter, where preschool children and senior citizens learn daily from each other. He is an avid supporter of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and the Ann Arbor Neutral Zone.




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