Irene and Morris B. Kessler Presidential Scholarship

Apply to join the Kessler Scholars: a unique scholarship to support first-generation college students. The Kessler Presidential Scholarship provides four years of support to exceptional University of Michigan students who are among the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree and who demonstrate significant financial need.

The Kessler Scholarship can provide up to $15,000 per year in financial support for students who are Michigan residents or up to $25,000 per year for out-of-state students. The scholarship is renewable for four years of undergraduate study.

Kessler Scholars benefit from more than just scholarship funding. They join a supportive cohort-based scholarship community and gain access to academic, social, and professional resources to help promote their success at the University of Michigan.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Students selected for the Kessler Scholars Program share a common identity of being first-generation college students. But students also bring a range of interests, abilities, and perspectives to this cohort-based scholarship group. What is a special accomplishment that sets you apart from your peers? How would these qualities shape the way you would contribute to the Kessler Scholars Program?
  2. The Kessler Presidential Scholarship supports students who are among the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree. How does your family background influence the way you think about education and see the world?