The University of Michigan (U-M) has honored 37 individuals with The David B. Hermelin Volunteer Fundraising Award since the award’s inception in 2004. On Nov. 9, U-M recognized three new honorees: Ari Spar (AB ’89), Charles Woodson (’97), and Roger Zatkoff (ABED ’64).
The award was created to honor the late David Hermelin (BBA ’58, HHLD ’00), a Detroit-area entrepreneur, philanthropist and former U.S. ambassador to Norway, who was a dedicated friend of the University. Hermelin graduated from U-M’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 1958 and received an honorary degree in 2000.
This year’s recipients exemplify Heremlin’s dedication and volunteer their time and resources to better the Michigan community.
A football scholarship brought Roger Zatkoff to the U-M in 1949. He became a Green Bay Packer and Detroit Lion before completing his U-M degree. For more than three decades, Zatkoff has helped to build the U-M Club of Greater Detroit, which provides more than $70,000 in scholarships to nearly 20 students each year.
Zatkoff and his wife, Elaine, established the Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide need-based support for a School of Kinesiology undergraduate assisting the women’s lacrosse team. He created the Zatkoff Family Endowed Scholarship Fund for Women’s Volleyball, providing financial assistance for a student athlete through the Department of Athletics. Recently, he established the Gary and Ann Moeller Scholarship Fund to provide support for Detroit-area undergraduates.
See more at Justin Zatkoff’s Blogspot Blog.