Every Gift Counts: Annual Fund

Annual gifts are critical in meeting the Stamps School’s daily needs. They serve as a crucial bridge between tuition revenue and the true cost of a Stamps education. Every gift is important and makes an impact!

When you make an annual gift, you can designate how your gift is used:

The Stamps School Opportunity Fund is a way that everyone can support the most pressing needs of the School. Funds are used to seed new programs, fund special student projects, internship opportunities, and support minor renovations. Each year funds are marked for student enrichment opportunities that include guest lecturers and artists in studio-related classes.

The Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity for donors to have an immediate impact on student support. Entering students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance in high school or exceptional creative potential as evidenced by their portfolios can apply for scholarships from the Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund.

The International Initiatives Fund helps defray the cost of international travel for Stamps students. The Stamps School is the only unit at the University that requires students to participate in an international experience. In 2013, over 100 students received international scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in increments of $500 (for a non-University of Michigan experience), $1,000 (for an “other” University of Michigan experience), and $2,000 (for a Stamps School experience). $250 scholarships are also awarded for first-time travelers to apply for their passports.

To make an annual gift, click here or contact Amber Connell by email or phone (734) 764-0586.

The Wendel W. Heers Scholarship Fund

An active member of the Stamps School faculty from 1961 to 1987 and interim dean from June 1984 through December 1985, Wendel left a lasting impact as a beloved teacher, colleague and leader, and as a passionate artist who continued to make and exhibit work long after his retirement.

Wendel completed public art commissions and exhibited nationally and internationally, with work that includes large scale stone meditation gardens and commemorative stone and rock sculpture installations. In his own words, “Humor and playfulness are at times evident in my work. Building relationships and the association of materials and ideas, plus the movability and changeability of the sculpture, adds to the expressive potential of each piece.” His latest works took the form of large-scale outdoor sculptures, and he hosted periodic sculpture walks at his Ann Arbor home to bring his works into the public arena.

Wendel requested that an endowed scholarship fund be set up at the Stamps School in his name. Learn more about the Wendel W. Heers Scholarship fund.

A passionate art teacher and mentor, Wendel is survived by scores of loving students and colleagues of all ages who continually enriched his life and love of art.

Rogers Edge Award

The Rogers Edge Award recognizes a Stamps faculty member whose creative practice moves beyond disciplinary boundaries and brings together different kinds of people and ideas. The award was established in honor of Bryan Rogers, former dean of the Stamps School, whose curricular vision encompassed a new model for educating thinkers and makers, and whose own creative work navigated across and above disciplinary divides. The endowment that funds the award was created through the generous contributions of Stamps faculty and staff, Bryan's colleagues across campus, and many Stamps alumni.

Learn more about the Rogers Edge Award.