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The Kessler Scholars Program supports a diverse community of first-generation college students at U-M.

The Kessler Scholars Program provides four years of support to exceptional University of Michigan students like you—who are among the first in their family to attend college—helping them achieve their dreams.

The Kessler Scholars are a close-knit community. Alongside Kessler alumni and professional staff committed to your success, you’ll discover how to be your best and explore how your U-M degree empowers you to shape the world.

Kessler Scholars go on to work in healthcare, finance, education, law, and more. Many graduates remain active in the community, and attribute much of their success to the support they received in the program.




The Kessler Scholars Program at University of Michigan is part of the national Kessler Scholars Collaborative along with 15 other institutions. Together, these schools are transforming the undergraduate experience for first-generation college students. Students who join the Kessler Scholars Program are part of a powerful network of first-generation leaders, connected across multiple institutions throughout their undergraduate college experience and beyond.

Founded here, at the University of Michigan by the Judy and Fred Wilpon Family Foundation, the Kessler Scholars Program has established a leading support model for first-generation students. The program is distinct in that it provides comprehensive support through wrap-around, multi-tiered services to ensure students’ success from admissions through graduation.




Adan Hussain

Director, Kessler Scholars Program


Miriam Attal

Student Support Coordinator, Kessler Scholars Program

Angelizmar Rodriguez

Program Specialist, Kessler Scholars Program