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UDM Receives $2 Million in Gifts and Grants to Help Students through Scholarships, Co-ops and Fellowship Positions

The School of Architecture and the College of Engineering & Science at University of Detroit Mercy received grants totaling $2 million to support students through scholarships, paid internships (co-op) and fellowship positions. The gifts are from UDM alumnus Warren Loranger '51, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Mary G. Stange Charitable Trust.

The funds will help support students who are making a difference in our community in several ways, including through UDM's Master of Community Development (MCD) program, which teaches a team approach to regenerating urban communities and creating healthy, sustainable neighborhoods for families and children.  Over the past five years, the MCD program has worked with over 24 community partners on various projects.  The School of Architecture has also lead the effort to re-invent the city's planning and development initiatives through its key role in the Detroit Future City projects, other initiatives of the School's Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) as well as ongoing student projects in the community.

At the School of Architecture's 50th anniversary celebration in September, Architecture alumnus Warren Loranger '51 committed $1 million to an endowed fund to support scholarships for incoming Architecture and Architectural Engineering students.  He was also awarded the School's Distinguished Alumni Award for his work and commitment to the architecture profession. The former president and CEO of Pella Window & Door Company earned his bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Detroit after his service in the Air Force during World War II.

"The Loranger gift will provide significant assistance to many incoming students in the Architecture and Architectural Engineering programs," said Will Wittig, UDM's School of Architecture dean. "Mr. Loranger's generosity along with the supporting funds from the Stange trust will make a significant difference for many new students in the program."

Loranger has remained an advocate for his alma mater and the School of Architecture and the College of Engineering & Science.  His generous financial gifts to the School of Architecture have led to significant renovations in the building, including the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibition Center and various interior and exterior projects.  In 1994, the building was named in Loranger's honor to reflect his ongoing commitment to the School.  Loranger continues to demonstrate a remarkable passion for assisting young students in their quest for a high quality education through both his financial support and personal mentorship.

The Loranger gift will also leverage up to 50 percent matching funds by the Mary G. Stange Charitable Trust, established to increase the enrollment of academically talented Michigan high school students. The University's focus on raising funds for scholarships and endowment gifts such as these are significant components of student success.

Contributions to the $2 million include a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the University's MCD program.  The grant will provide students from diverse backgrounds with scholarships, co-op placements and 12-month fellowships as they learn to become leaders in sustainable community development.

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges."

Publish date: November 27, 2013