People of the Campaign

People of the Campaign

A $4.25 million gift from John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation is the largest single gift outright in the school’s 138-year history. The Boll family has long been a generous supporter of University Liggett School; in 2006 a $1 million donation from the family allowed the school to create a department of student support that enhances the educational experience for all students in all grades. John and Marlene proudly acknowledge that six of their grandchildren graduated from Liggett: Amanda Boll ‘08, Alex Boll ‘09, Justin Mazza ‘10, Jaco Mazza ‘13, J.T. Mestdagh ‘14 and Casey Mazza’15.

Jay ’56 GPUS and Patty ‘58 LIG Fitzgerald’s generosity to University Liggett School goes back many years, giving to the Annual Fund, serving on various committees, supporting the endowment for scholarship students and remembering the school in his estate plans. Jay Fitzgerald acknowledges how strongly the school has impacted his life and makes it a priority for him to give back. “The opportunities I had wouldn’t be possible today without the scholarship I received,” he says. “I would certainly be a different person today - probably not an architect, and I might not have experienced what I have been able to in athletics, school government and literature. Because I received so much from the school, I feel it’s important to give back.”

University Liggett School alumni Dick Fruehauf Jr. ’48 DUS, and Janet Fruehauf ’50 LIG, have made a significant gift to support the school’s Sure Foundations campaign. In recognition of their gift, the gymnasium in the school’s new state-of-the-art John and Marlene Boll Campus Center will be named in their honor. The Fruehaufs’ commitment and generosity to the school has spanned several generations. In addition to the Fruehaufs being alumni of the school’s predecessor schools, all five Fruehauf children attended University Liggett School and they have grandchildren in the school today. They also both previously served on the school’s Board of Trustees, and their son Kenneth A. Fruehauf ’85 is currently on the Board.

In 2010, Matt ’91 and Lindsay Moroun made a $1 million pledge for the Moroun Liggett Merit Scholarship, and they continue to give generously each year to the Annual Fund. The Morouns are the current Liggett Merit Scholars chairs for the Sure Foundations campaign. Matt is a current University Liggett School Trustee, and Lindsay served on the board from 2008-2014. They are the parents of three University Liggett School students, a senior, 10th-grader and eighth-grader, each of whom started at the school in PreK3.

Chuck Nickson ‘58 GPUS has wonderful memories of his time at Grosse Pointe University School. He wanted to honor the school and his class, and he did so by making a gift to the Grosse Pointe University School Class of 1958 scholarship. The scholarship, started by his classmates, honors classmates who passed away. He knew the gift would help to provide a University Liggett School education to many talented students for years to come. “Our class felt strongly about the school,” he says. “I made this gift on behalf of my class to honor the school and to help kids who want to attend.”

Huong and Scott Reilly are dedicated to the Sure Foundations campaign, serving as vice chairs on the campaign steering committee. The parents of Sheridan ’14, Brynne ‘16 and Tristan ’20, the Reillys understand the impact of a University Liggett School education. “As parents, we are very happy to have found a school that is committed to bringing the best out in each child, and providing its students and parents the tools to help them achieve their goals,” Huong says. Scott serves on the Board of Trustees as treasurer. Huong is an active volunteer at the school, serving on the Liggett Knight committee, working on the Treasure Hunt and spearheading other events. She is also an artist, and her oil painting of the former Briarcliff building hangs in the Middle School.

Since the first Schaap Scholarship was awarded in 2008, 18 eighth-grade students from Detroit Merit Charter Academy have had an opportunity to attend University Liggett School for four years. That opportunity is thanks to the generosity of A. Paul and Carol Schaap, who created the scholarship so that high-achieving students from the Detroit charter school could have access to a good education. Paul Schaap, the son of a Presbyterian minister in northern Indiana, understands the value of an education. Money was tight in his family, and he relied on a scholarship to put him through Hope College. “I would not have been able to go to Hope College without a scholarship,” says Paul Schaap, who also serves on the University Liggett School Board of Trustees. “I understand how important scholarships are for creating a better life.”

“Sometimes when you give back, you get way more in return,” says Bill Shelden, ’68 GPUS, whose generosity to University Liggett School has made a powerful impact on students and faculty. As an alumnus, former trustee, and board chair, and parent of Jeffrey ’96, Andrew ’99, and Kristin ’03, he and his wife, Sally, have been invested members of the school community. They have supported the school every year and through every major fundraising initiative. They have championed the faculty, and even created a special “Venture Grants Program” that promotes rewarding professional growth opportunities for teachers. After the death of his father, Warren, in 2002, Bill met with the head of school to use the money from his father’s endowment gift to fund a new program in the Upper School. That program became one of the highlights of students’ high school experience: the 10th-grade trip to Washington, D.C.

University Liggett School’s long history of educational excellence and strong sense of community are among reasons that John W. Stroh III ’78 and Vivian Day Stroh ’75 have made a lead gift to the Sure Foundations campaign. Longtime supporters of the school, the Strohs are the parents of two recent alumni, Christopher ’12 and Elizabeth ’14. The fourth generation to attend University Liggett School, Christopher and Elizabeth recall growing up in a family in which University Liggett was an important part of their lives. “At my grandfather’s desk there was always a Liggett chair and a little Liggett paperweight,” Elizabeth says. “It’s always been in the background of everything we’ve done.” Vivian served on the Board of Trustees for six years, and John has been on the Board since 2012. The Strohs’ commitment to the school continues with their children. Recently, Christopher – who is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors – made a gift to the school’s Annual Fund to fund Lower School field trips.


Cressie Boggs

Director of Development and Alumni Relations