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Free Ride to College!

Norma Richards, the author, with Jesse Jackson, the Reverend.

Norma Richards, the author, with Jesse Jackson, the Reverend.

“My kid just got a free ride to so-and-so university!”

I must admit, most times I’ve heard somebody say that, usually at a party or a backyard barbecue or other social gathering, I started seething inside. Why? because I think about the hundreds of thousands of dollars I’ve spent sending my kids to college. I can’t complain, though, because I could afford it, and because my kids had great college experiences. But still, there’s that nagging question: did I really have to spend all that money, or could they , both excellent students, have received scholarship support? If they had, that money I sent to their college could have instead purchased their first home! Continue reading

Charles White, 2013-14 Fred and Louise Tarver Scholar

Charles White and me in November, 2013

Charles White and me in November, 2013

Charles White of West Bloomfield, Michigan is the 2013-2014 Fred and Louise Tarver Scholar. This fall, Charles will begin his junior year in the U-M College of Engineering, but first he will spend the summer on an internship at Intel Corporation in California. Charles is an outstanding student and a delightful young man. He’s going to make huge contributions to the profession.

Video: David Tarver Speech at U-M MLK Spirit Awards, January 20, 2014

On January 20, 2014, David Tarver was privileged to speak to the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) North Campus Community at the annual Martin Luther King Spirit Awards event. His address walked the audience through the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s as seen through the eyes of “a kid from Flint, Michigan.” He touched on the impact of the civil-rights movement, and the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, on our past, present, and future. The core message in his address was that Dr. King helped to set the template for our humanity, and that that template is more important than ever in an age of rapid social, cultural, and technological change.

Where are the Fred and Louise Tarver Scholars?

David Tarver with Fred and Louise Tarver Scholar, Caleb Brazier

David Tarver with Fred and Louise Tarver Scholar, Caleb Brazier

The most recent Fred and Louise Tarver Scholars, Charles White and Caleb Brazier, should have an exciting and eventful summer. Charles just finished his first year in the U-M College of Engineering, and I understand that he did very well. He landed a coveted internship with Intel Corporation in Folsom, California, and that is where is is right now. Before he left, he wrote one of the nicest letters I have ever received from a scholarship recipient. It is so nice to know that students appreciate and recognize the opportunities and support they receive. Charles would seem to have a very bright future.

Caleb Brazier graduated from the U-M College of Engineering this Spring, and next month he is off to begin his professional career at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, Washington. I had the pleasure of sharing breakfast with Caleb this past weekend, and can attest that he is chomping at the bit to get started on his software development career.

Both of these fellows are fine young men who will be a real asset to their community and to the profession. I look forward to following their careers, and to seeing them when they are back on campus at U-M. Speaking of which, I’m hoping to hold an event soon that will bring all of the previous Fred and Louise Tarver Scholars together in Ann Arbor to share their career lessons and stories with the next generation of engineers. They are quite a talented, accomplished bunch already. Should be quite a group photo, too…all of the scholars pictured with one of the people the scholarship is named for, my mother, Claudia Louise Tarver. My mom is ninety-one years old now, but I know she wouldn’t miss a picture like that for the world.

Meet the Tarver Scholars for 2012-2013

Last Friday I had the privilege of meeting with the Fred and Louise Tarver Scholars for 2012-2013.  Both of these young men are students in the College of Engineering at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.  Caleb Brazier (L), a graduate of Cass Tech in Detroit, will graduate from U-M next April with a degree in Computer Science, and has already accepted a job offer from Microsoft Corporation in Seattle.  Charles White (R), an incoming freshman from West Bloomfield High School, also plans to major in Computer Science.  I’m proud of both young men — they are outstanding scholars and potential future leaders.

The Fred and Louise Tarver Scholarship, established in 1996, is a permanent full-tuition merit based scholarship at the University of Michigan.  Its purpose is to recognize and support students in the College of Engineering who embody the legacy of hard work, perseverance, and achievement that my parents demonstrated.