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Melanie Zauel

Senior Director, Planned Giving & Leadership Gifts

Michigan Engineering
Office of Advancement
(734) 647-7093

2105 LEC

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Leadership Giving


Scholarships help students make the most of their time at Michigan and Michigan Engineering. Not only do scholarships reward serious study and academic achievement, but they also encourage students to take on new challenges and push past old limits. For many students, scholarship support from the Michigan Engineering Fund makes a critical difference in their decision to attend the University of Michigan.



Graduate students at Michigan Engineering will become some of the most promising researchers and academic pacesetters of the future. Endowed fellowships help these already proven leaders achieve their goals by easing the financial pressures of graduate education.



Ranking among the top engineering institutions worldwide, Michigan Engineering is in the enviable position of having more talented individuals deserving of this recognition than it is currently able to honor. These gifts contribute to the strength of Michigan Engineering by rewarding outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments and providing a flexible means of attracting leading talent to strengthen particular disciplines.


Endowed Department Chair Administrative Positions

Endowed department chair administrative positions provide leadership resources needed to move the Michigan Engineering’s 12 departments/divisions to the next level of quality and acclaim. Such gifts advance departments’ long-term, strategic priorities.

Tax Benefits

Your gift may provide you with federal and state income tax benefits. Your state may also allow a credit or deduction. The University of Michigan has 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt status; our federal tax ID number is 38-6006309.

If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return, you may be able to deduct your contribution to U-M from your adjusted gross income. In addition, gifts of appreciated property may not be subject to long- term capital gains tax. Check with your tax advisor for deduction and capital gains tax requirements and limitations for your situation.

As always, you should consult a qualified tax professional for tax advice.

Get in Contact

Please contact Melanie Zauel in the Office of Advancement for more information about donations of this nature.