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Olivia P. Maynard Children and Family Fellowship

This fellowship was established by Olivia P. Maynard, MSW '71, along with matching funds provided by the Ann and Robert Lurie Family Foundation, to support students focusing on child welfare and who are committed to working with children and families.

Maynard was the first woman nominated for the office of Michigan's lieutenant governor in 1978 and served on the U-M Board of Regents from 1996-2012.


Aaron Cheek

Student Recipient

At the age of 36, Aaron Cheek decided to go back to school to become a clinical therapist for low-income children and youth. Married and the father of three children ages 8, 7 and 4, Cheek wrestled with whether the sacrifice would be worth it for his family. Besides the significant time commitment, a graduate degree meant financial sacrifices as well. But the scales tipped in his favor when Cheek was awarded the Olivia P. Maynard Children and Family Fellowship.

The Maynard Fellowship allows me to focus on what’s most important: my family and my education. I’m grateful for the opportunity to become the most effective agent for change I can be.

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