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Sunghyun Hong, MSW ’19

Thank You for Helping Me Change the World

I want to create a system where everyone has a lifelong foundation of mental health and psychological well-being. I want to help build a system that cultivates resilience, hope and compassion.

Why I'm Here

U-M offered me very generous scholarships. That’s how I decided to come. If I did not receive the scholarship, the fear of paying back loans might have hindered me from returning to school at this time of my life.

Scholarship

School of Social Work Scholarship

Impact of the Scholarship

Social work is about collective movements. My scholarship reflects that. Many people make gifts, and it creates huge synergy to support students who then go back to the community and make even more ripples. Eventually I want to do for someone else what these donors have done for me.

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Stuart Inahuazo, MSW ’20

Thank You for Helping Me Change the World

My dream job would be to work in the U.S. but travel abroad as a consultant. I want to learn how communities around the world tackle issues we have in the U.S., then bring that knowledge back. I want to help others and become a better person, not just for myself but for the people and organizations I serve.

Why I'm Here

I wanted to use my experience as an immigrant kid to advocate for community members at all levels. I had also heard great things about the U-M social work program from friends who had enrolled.

Scholarship

Alumni Board of Governors Scholarship Award

Impact of the Scholarship

I was able to go to London for six weeks to study micro-communities. I used a lot of what I learned in school, and I was super happy. I had always wanted to do global work. I am so grateful I could get the funds from the Alumni Board of Governors to go there.

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Carl Greer, MSW ’20

Thank You for Helping Me Change the World

I want to train the next generation of change agents. People should be equipped with knowledge to make a difference and make change. I want to be a change agent. The best way for me to do that is to be a professor, so that’s my goal.

Why I'm Here

If you have a dream, U-M gives you the resources to realize it. I wanted a diverse social work curriculum, and I got that here. They gave me the resources to work in southwest Detroit. I wanted to go to the other side of the world, and they got me there!

Scholarship

Alumni Board of Governors Scholarship Award

Impact of the Scholarship

The scholarship award allowed me to go to Berlin to conduct research and to interact with populations I wouldn’t have imagined. I see education and social justice a lot differently now because I traveled abroad. I was able to do that because of the Alumni Board of Governors Scholarship Award.

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Anthony Abshire, MSW ’19

Thank You for Helping Me Change the World

I want to see youth included in policy. We write policies as if they affect everyone the same. But we must tailor them with an understanding of how they affect traumatized youth. I also want to become a foster parent. I want two kids, because a kid shouldn’t be alone.

Why I'm Here

I applied and U-M accepted me—that’s the gist of it! I looked through the concentrations. Social Policy and Evaluation was what I wanted to do. The experiences I’ve had here helped me grow professionally and personally. I wouldn’t be the same person if not for this program.

Scholarship

Blavin MSW Scholarship Award

Impact of the Scholarship

The Blavin Scholarship helped me stay in school and access to resources I wouldn’t ordinarily have. The master’s program at the School of Social Work has so many foster youth; it’s great we have a scholarship that’s for us. We face barriers other students don’t, even in graduate school.

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Maki Usui, MSW ’19

Thank You for Helping Me Change the World

Working in a refugee camp made me realize how much work needs to be done. I want to work internationally in the hope of turning this into a borderless world.

Why I'm Here

I was interested in global social work. When I applied to graduate schools, I focused on those with strong MSW programs and solid global programs. U-M had both, so it became my top choice.

Scholarship

Olivia P. Maynard Children and Family Fellowship

Impact of the Scholarship

The Olivia P. Maynard Fellowship has helped me greatly. Being international, I am not eligible for federal loans or work-study positions at U-M, nor am I allowed to take off-campus jobs. The fellowship has taken a huge load off my shoulders, and I am very thankful.

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