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Ross Board Member Establishes New MBA Scholarship for U.S. Veterans

Ross Students, Michael Jall0, and Jennifer Baker

Qualified students with a U.S. Military background will soon find a Michigan Ross MBA education more financially accessible, thanks to a new scholarship established by Ross School Advisory Board Member Jennifer Barker, MBA ‘01. The first recipient will be selected for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. 

The new scholarship fund—named in honor of her father, Colonel Michael Jallo (Ret)—will be used to support MBA students. Preference will be given to those who previously served or currently serve in the United States military or Coast Guard, including service in the Guard or Reserve. Per the donor’s request, priority will be given to those who serve or served in the Army or Marine Corps.

“I want to help U.S. Veterans attend Ross,” said Barker about her gift to Ross student support and the school’s broader Foundations for Success fundraising initiative. “My father is a retired career Army officer, and I have seen first-hand the courage, brilliance, and resilience of our men and women in uniform. I hope this gift helps a veteran gain access to a world-class Ross education.” 

This scholarship gift — made close to the 2024 Memorial Day Holiday in tribute to those who have served their country through military service — will count toward Foundations for Success, a fundraising initiative to raise $200 million for student support and experiences at Ross. During the 2023-2024 Academic Year, more than 1,000 Ross students received scholarships, and the demand for student support remains strong. 

“We are incredibly grateful for this new Colonel Michael Jallo (Ret) Scholarship,” said Edward J. Frey Dean of Business Sharon F. Matusik. “Donor-supported scholarships like this play a crucial role in making a Ross education more accessible to students and in fostering the next generation of business leaders at Ross.”