Last fall I started working at Wayne State University in Detroit and have been captivated by this university and this city. Every year the community comes together for a bike ride to raise money for student scholarships and support. They call the event Baroudeur.
Baroudeur means fighter or warrior in French and is a term used in cycling for riders not afraid to break away from the peloton and do things on their own, even if they might be an underdog. Although that doesn't describe my cycling performance (I'm more of a stick with the pack type of cyclist) it does describe my approach to life - starting with working my way through Towson State University in the early 1980's. I believe in the value of public educational institutions and their ability to set people on a successful path in life.
Wayne State provides equal access and opportunity to higher education to many who might not have considered a college degree an attainable goal, and many of our students are baroudeurs at heart.
Please consider participating in the Baroudeur by supporting my fundraising efforts. Your support will help provide scholarships and support to Wayne State University students in financial need. Fundraising proceeds will directly benefit scholarships and the university’s Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program, which supports students whose unstable housing situations threaten their dreams of earning a degree. Even though Wayne State has the lowest undergraduate tuition rate among Michigan’s three research universities, cost can be a major hurdle. In fact, approximately 77% of our undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid. For some students, just a few hundred dollars can make the difference between staying in school or dropping out – and your support can help fill the gap.
Any amount can make a difference. As someone who still remembers struggling to pay my rent, buy groceries and cover my tuition bill, I can tell you that any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated by the student who receives it.
Please give generously to help a student stay in college and continue on their path to success and self-sufficiency.
Thank you for your support,