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Dec. 17, 2007
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Local philanthropist gives EMU $200,000 to help students return to school

YPSILANTI - Local philanthropist Phil Jenkins has given $200,000 to Eastern Michigan University’s Leadership and Counseling Program. The gift, which will help fund scholarships for returning students, is part of the Jenkins-Tracy Expendable Scholarship Fund.

“Most of our educational leadership and counseling students work during the day and take classes at night,” said Jaclynn Tracy, department head of leadership and counseling. “At some point, many decide they just don’t have the finances or the time to complete their coursework and in some cases never complete their degree. We’re hoping theses scholarships can be a recruitment tool to encourage them to come back and complete their degrees.”

Scholarship recipients are selected from the EMU on and off-campus centers and the Weekend University, thus enhancing opportunities for students in southeastern Michigan.

Jenkins, an Ann Arbor resident, founded Sweepster Inc., which manufactures attachments, walk-behind, self-propelled and airport runway sweepers for all types of equipment used around the world. His philanthropy also has funded the creation of the Generations Together Center in Dexter.


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