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Louise R. Newman Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Ester and Edwin Rosenthal

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Recipients will be undergraduate students (freshmen/sophomores) with a stated interest in pursuing admission in the elementary, secondary or special education programs in the College of Education and/or students enrolled in elementary, secondary or special education programs in the College of Education including students at the post-baccalaureate level (internship year). Candidates for this award will have graduated from a Michigan high school, carry a minimum 3.0 GPA, have financial need, and plans to teach for a minimum of five years in the state of Michigan. Awards are renewable for up to four additional years if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains enrolled in the program. If it is the donor’s intent to provide funding up to the full cost of tuition, fees and student taxes for a single student for five consecutive years (freshman/ sophomore/junior/senior and post-baccalaureate – internship year).

About Louise Newman

Louise Newman, daughter of Ester and Edwin Rosenthal, was born in 1907 in Toledo, Ohio. She was the eldest of three children – Edwin, Jr. and Maxine. At age 13, her family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where she attended Liggett School. From there, she attended Simmons College in Boston and Katherine Gibbs in New York where she graduated. In 1929, she married Robert Newman. They settled in Detroit and had two daughters, Janet and Linda. Mr. Newman died in 1959. Mrs. Newman has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Along with caring for her husband and raising her children, she took an active role in the community doing volunteer work. Among the many organizations and causes for which she worked were: Hadassah, the American Jewish Committee, the Allied Jewish Campaign, the United Way, and the USO during World War II. She was also on the advisory committee for the Center of New Thinking. Especially interested in helping children, she was on the Jewish Children’s Service Board, tutored in the public schools through the Council of Jewish Woman, set-up two funds for children, one at the Jewish Federation, the other a camp scholarship fund at the Fresh Air Camp where her father had given the land.

When she became unable to take an active part, she devoted herself to generously contributing to a wide range of philanthropic organizations and causes, always with an eye on helping children. She is vitally interested in seeing that youngsters get a good education and hopes this scholarship will give those who see her vision a real chance to succeed and make a difference.

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