Our Scholars

Fordson Class of 2019

Hayat Bazzi

Fordson ’19, U-M ’23

"How has being admitted to UM and receiving the Brehm Scholarship helped you in your desire to achieve your goals?"

“The feeling of being admitted to the University of Michigan was unbelievable. Yet, the burden of costly tuition remained at the forefront of my mind. My desire to go to my dream school was possibly not going to happen until I became a recipient of the Brehm Scholarship. Not only has it totally removed the weight of financial responsibility from my horizon, but I also have the opportunity to attend one of the best schools in the nation with endless resources and opportunities. Receiving the Brehm Scholarship has also granted me entry into the Brehm family. Being a part of such a prestigious group provides the best of role models, including Mr. and Mrs. Brehm, and my fellow colleagues, many of which are achieving unbelievable things in various fields. Michigan's resources, coupled with the support of the Brehm family, has already built an amazing foundation for me to achieve my goals and to one day attend Medical School.”

Mohamed Ghandour

Fordson ’19, U-M ’23

"What do you hope to do after college graduation and/or how do you want to use your degree?"

“After college graduation, I hope to work at my dream job either in New York or California. Using the skills and experiences I gain from college, I hope to also open a few of my own businesses and become an entrepreneur, who will give back to the community and be a role model for the younger people in the community. I ultimately want to travel the world affecting every region I visit no matter how small the difference is.”

Yasmine Slimani

Fordson ’19, U-M ’23

"How has being admitted to UM and receiving the Brehm Scholarship helped you in your desire to achieve your goals?"

“While University has always been an essential goal for me to further my education and career, it was always slightly daunting due to the financial implications that came with it. However, due to the generous scholarship awarded to me by Mr. and Mrs. Brehm, I can now enter my academic journey at the University of Michigan with no limitations, and am free to wholly commit myself to my studies and the achievement of my career goals. To pursue such a rich education at one of the top universities in the country with no hindrances is a gift that I will always be immensely grateful for.”

Fordson Class of 2020

Yumna Dagher

Fordson ’20, U-M ’24

"What advice do you have for Fordson high school students who wish to be selected for the Brehm Scholarship?"

“My chief piece of advice for students with the ambition to be selected for the Brehm is to develop a newfound relationship with their learning, one that does not focus on the important, but ultimately impermanent end goals of GPA and standardized test scores, but rather, a learning style that focuses on whole, holistic learning that emphasizes personal growth and furthered awareness. Carry with you a lifelong passion for learning and it will guide you wholly.”

Sarah Fakih

Fordson ’20, U-M ’24

"What advice do you have for Fordson high school students who wish to be selected for the Brehm Scholarship?"

“From the moment you step foot into high school, the next four years are documented and watched. You build a name for yourself- from just another freshman, to a potential Brehm Scholar- that’s what differs you from the rest. You don’t “apply” to become a Brehm Scholar, nor fill out an application and send it in attached with two letters of recommendations. From academics, to athletics, to community service, to clubs, your place in Fordson High School becomes well-known, and your title as Brehm Scholar becomes obvious.”

Mariam Odeh

Fordson ’20, U-M ’24

"How has being admitted to UM and receiving the Brehm Scholarship helped you in your desire to achieve your goals?"

“Upon my acceptance to the University of Michigan, the flames of passion and excitement to be attending a prestigious university with countless opportunities to thrive were extinguished with each passing day as I soon came to realize the financial burden that went hand in hand with the prestige. As I started to look into my other options, it was clear to me that the University of Michigan could no longer be my top choice. So when I received the anticipated call from Mr. and Mrs. Brehm, to say I was overjoyed would be an understatement. Their generosity and kindness lifted the financial stress from my shoulders and rekindled the flames of the fire inside allowing me to continue to pursue my dreams changing the world through my college degree; and for that, I am eternally grateful.”