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Blavin Scholar at the White House

This summer marked Rochelle's (Kristen) Fraenig's 3rd visit to the White House for the Beating the Odds Summit where she joined first lady, Michelle Obama,YouTube personality, Tyler Oakley, and musical artist Jidenna. Rochelle served on a panel to speak to over 130 college-bound students about tools and strategies for successfully transitioning to college. Rochelle shared about her experience in foster care and pathway to the University of Michigan. 

Blavin Scholar Rochelle with First Lady, Michelle Obama and student panelists

Blavin Scholar at White Coat Day

Blavin Scholar and University of Michigan Alum, Joseph Sedlak, was one of the 199 new medical and dental students of the Class of 2018 who were welcomed to Harvard Medical School and Havard School of Dental Medicine on White Coat Day.  

Blavin Scholar Joseph Sedlak on White Coat Day at Harvard Medical School

Fulbright Scholar

Blavin Scholar Graduate Mai Ze Vang was the recipient of a Fulbright grant, joining 40 other students from the University of Michigan to receive the grant for the 2012-2013 academic year. Mai Ze studied East Asian Studies and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the U-M School of Literature Science, and Arts. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mai Ze will be traveling to Thailand to conduct research for a year on Adding New Threads to the Hmong Paj Ntaub. 

Blavin Scholar with Paul and Amy Blavin

Blavin Scholar Graduation Speech

In this video, Blavin Scholar Graduate Personna Hover addresses the Blavin Scholars in her 2013 Graduation Speech. Personna reflects on the challenges she faced while navigating college, the support offered by the Blavin Scholars Program to get through it all, and what it means to have reached the milestone of graduation from the University of Michigan.  Congratulations Personna and the 2013 Blavin Graduates!

The Blavin Scholars Program in the News

The Blavin Scholars Program was featured in the September 18, 2017 edition of the Michigan Daily.  Compiling the story from a series of interviews from program staff, Paul and Amy Blavin and Blavin Scholar, Sam Wilson, the Daily was able to share a snapshot of the program and the important work being done on campus.  “