The University Record, July 22, 2002

Scholarship program to honor alumni who died Sept. 11

By Mary Jo Frank
Office of Communications

Jill Gartenberg, with daughter Nicole, expressed thanks to regents and Interim President B Joseph White for a new scholarship established for the children of alumni who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. ‘Some of Nicole’s first words were “Go Blue!” ’ Gartenberg said of her 3-year-old daughter. ‘She has no idea how wonderful life ahead of us is if she goes to Michigan.’ (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)
A scholarship program for the children of U-M graduates who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was announced to the Board of Regents July 18 by Interim President B. Joseph White.

Upon taking the interim position in November, White dedicated his term of service to the memories, families and friends of the U-M alumni who were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

White, the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor and former dean of the Business School, said, “With this scholarship, the University community joins me in honoring members of our Michigan family who died last September. We hope that this living memorial will bring some comfort to their survivors and assurance that we too remember and cherish the memory of those whose lives were lost. My hope is that some of their children will someday attend our great university.”

The scholarships honor 18 U-M alumni who died in the terrorist attacks. Their families include 11 children ranging in age from several months to four years old.

One of the widows, Jill Gartenberg, attended the regents meeting, along with her daughters, Nicole and Jamie, and her mother-in-law, Lois.

James M. Gartenberg, who earned an A.B. degree in economics from the U-M in 1987, was president of the U-M Alumni Club of New York for 12 years. He had resigned as club president to serve on U-M’s National Library Leadership Council.

“My husband and I have always looked upon Michigan as an extended family. This scholarship program is consistent with our belief that the University values and supports its alumni and their families,” said Jill Gartenberg, who earned a B.A. degree in psychology from the U-M in 1989. “It is comforting to know that our children will have an opportunity to benefit from the excellent education Michigan has to offer. We appreciate Interim President Joe White’s interest in initiating this scholarship program for the families of the young alumni who were lost on Sept. 11.

“Jim, who dedicated so much time to Michigan, would take great comfort in knowing that the University is reaching out to us,” added Gartenberg, who met her husband after graduation through the U-M Alumni Club of New York. “We’re prouder than ever to bleed Maize and Blue,” she told regents.

Other U-M alumni killed Sept. 11: David D. Alger (M.B.A. 1968), Yeneneh Betru (M.D. 1995), Brian P. Dale, (J.D. 1991), Paul Friedman (M.S.E. 1983), Steven Goldstein (A.B. 1988), Darya Lin (B.S.E.I.O 1991), Todd Ouida (B.A. 1998), Laurence Polatsch (A.B. 1990), Stephen Poulos (M.Mus. 1978), Gregory Richards (A.B. 1992), Josh Rosenthal (A.B. 1979), Christina Ryook (B.S. 1998), Meta Fuller (Higginbothan) Waller (B.G.S. 1973), Scott Weingard (B.B.A. 1993), Meredith L. Whalen (B.B.A. 2000), and Marc Scott Zeplin (M.B.A. 1993). Manish Patel, who also died Sept. 11, will be awarded a B.S. degree posthumously Aug. 16. For more information about U-M alumni who died, visit the Alumni Association’s “Alumni Memorial” at

The Office of Financial Aid will administer the scholarships, which will be financed from non-General Fund presidential discretionary monies set aside and invested to grow for this purpose. Pamela W. Fowler, director of the Office of Financial Aid, says the scholarships will be registered in the national database Sept. 11 Scholarship Alliance, organized by a consortium of scholarship organizations.