I generally don't post new topics on the board, but after reading jMatt313GoBlue's story about his love of the University (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/my-story-how-michigan-hockey-changed-my-household), and considering the high cost of tuition as well as the generousity of the members in the Hail to the Victors 2012 campaign, I was wondering if there would be interest in an annual fund raiser to support one or two Michigan students every year.
Depending on the amount raised, the proceeds could be used for tuition, books, etc. I suppose the beneficiaries should be members of mgoblog, and I am sure that with some guidance from Brian et. al., we could come up with some appropriate criteria to ensure the recipients are deserving students at Michigan or prospective students. Many of you already support the University (financially and otherwise), but I thought that this would be a separate and unique avenue to the members of mgoblog. My education at UofM has had such a major impact on my life and this site has allowed me to share my love of everything Michigan with hundreds of people I do not even know personally. Accordingly, it seems appropriate that through this forum we could assist others with the opportunity to have similar life changing experiences that many of us have had at Michigan.
Many of you are students or recent graduates and I understand that it is important to save your income for school or to support your families. I suspect, however, that there are members who would be eager to participate and have disposable income that could be contributed. Considering $37,717 (and counting) has been raised in just a few days for the Hail to the Victors campaign, I am sure we could generate significant financial assistance for deserving students or prospective students of the University. While Kickstarter is probably not the appropriate forum, there are other methods we might be able to utilize. Your thoughts regarding an MGO Scholarship would be appreciated, including those that may indicate I am on the wrong track with this idea.