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Julien Frazier, Ph.D. candidate and recipient of the Calvin Miller Jr. Memorial Scholarship, always knew he would pursue higher education, and he found his passion for educational research and critique at Wayne State. He wants to use his degree to support the growth of future students, particularly students of color. Scholarship support from The Wayne Society will help him on his way to achieve his dreams. Watch the video below to learn more about his story.

Wayne Society support helps Ph.D. student focus on academic goals

Support fills future warrior with joy and hope


"I want to be the help I didn't receive when I needed it most."

Lache Tate, recipient of the Betty Schmalzle-Appich and Horst G. Appich Endowed Scholarship

Isaiah Catapang headshotLache Tate knew Wayne State was her dream school after a tour in 2012. She applied and was thrilled to be accepted, but her mother became ill and the stress took a toll on Lache's mental health. She withdrew from classes, turning her attention to supporting her mom and her family. "I went through multiple steps to prepare myself for healing. I am now well-equipped to handle death more healthily," she said.

Eager to return to the classroom, Lache didn't know how she would pay for school. She was "filled with joy" when she learned that she had received the Betty Schmälzle-Appich and Horst G. Appich Endowed Scholarship. She said that receiving the scholarship showed her that it is possible to attend graduate school and receive a master's degree. "I am now back and ready to finish what I started," she said.

Lache credits her supportive cohort with helping her succeed. "We all come from different backgrounds but we've become family. Having this extra support has filled me with warmth."