Wilhite Family Strengthens UM Student Success Program with $1 Million Gift

Wilhite Family Strengthens UM Student Success Program with $1 Million Gift

31/03/2022 10:00:00

// Kaitlyn Fox

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — The University of Michigan Athletics Department announced today (Thursday, March 31) a generous donation of $1 million from the Wilhite family to the Michigan Athletics Academic Success Program (ASP) in memory of Clayton Wilhite. The donation will be used to establish the Clayton E. Wilhite Academic Success Program Fund and provide support to student-athletes in their academic endeavors.

Clayton Wilhite, a former student-athlete, played football at the University of Michigan from 1964 to 1966 under head coach Bump Elliott. In his senior year, Wilhite helped the Wolverines defeat Ohio State with a 35-yard touchdown pass. Along with his love of football, Wilhite valued education, performing on and off the field during his time as a student-athlete. During his college career, Wilhite received the Maulbetsch, Robinson, Yost, and Phi Beta Kappa awards for academic and athletic achievement. After graduating, Wilhite spent many years traveling the world with his wife as an advertising executive before returning to Ann Arbor in 1997 when he was Managing Partner and Board Member of CFI World Wide until upon his retirement in 2008.

“We are honored that a charitable donation has been made to the Clayton E. Wilhite School Success Program Fund,” said Wilhite’s sister, Mary Post. “With this generous donation, we hope many student-athletes will use this program to achieve academic success.”

The Wilhite family donation honors Wilhite’s passion and drive during his college career, and the family hopes his story will inspire current student-athletes to strive for excellence in their athletic and academic endeavors.

“Clayton Wilhite exemplifies our core values ​​here at the University of Michigan,” said Warde Manuel, director of athletics Donald R. Shepherd of Michigan. “His passion for athletics and academics will continue to motivate and inspire the next generation of student-athletes, and his generous contributions to our program will help carry on his legacy here at the University.”

The University of Michigan Academic Success Program (ASP) serves nearly 1,000 student-athletes with counseling, tutoring, and mentoring needs. With approximately 120 tutors and 13 full-time members, the ASP is a valuable resource for student-athletes juggling rigorous academic loads and high-caliber athletic schedules.

“At Michigan, our mission is to ensure that our students are champions not only in their competitive fields, but also in the classroom, and more specifically in life,” said Steve Connelly, AD Senior Assistant, Academic Success Program Director. “It’s at the heart of what it’s like to be a Wolverine. Plus, thanks to donors like the Wilhite family, we’re able to ensure our students have all the resources they need to succeed. — whether it’s tutoring, academic mentoring, or assistive technology a student may need, their generosity makes what we do possible.

The $1 million donation will help fund a myriad of resources for student-athletes, including technology, scholarships and internships. The ASP plans to invest in more robust software and technology options to keep up with the changing academic landscape and focus on developing its internship program to find opportunities for more former student-athletes to be represented. among ASP staff.

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