Portrait of Vice Chancellor Schrader University of Michigan-Flint

Shari Schrader

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
University of Michigan-Flint

In 1987, the Edgar B. Holt Scholarship Fund was established to honor Edgar B. Holt and his lifelong mission of social justice, human rights, and effecting change through education. Mr. Holt believed in helping people realize their strengths and talents, and he wanted young scholars in the Flint community to succeed.

This passion for and devotion to helping others was shared by Odell Broadway, Sylvester Broome Jr., Floyd J. McCree, Dr. Douglas Wright, and Annie Mae Pointer. Scholarships were established in honor of these leaders and their many contributions to our community. Every gift designated to these six scholarships makes a direct and immediate impact on the lives of students.

We salute the individuals whose vision made the scholarships possible…

  • The Edgar B. (1921–1984) and Lois Van Zandt Holt (1916–2017) Scholarship was established with contributions honoring Edgar B. Holt, a leader in the Flint community who was a dedicated advocate for human rights. A long-standing and prominent member of the local and national NAACP, Mr. Holt led many civil rights efforts on behalf of African Americans. His wife, Lois Van Zandt Holt, was hired by the Flint Board of Education as a visiting teacher in February 1942, making her the first Black professional hired by the board. She was active in many community organizations, including the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Organization for Afro-American Unity, and Woodside Church.
  • The Odell Broadway (1910–1986) Scholarship was established with contributions honoring Odell Broadway, who was devoted to community service and helping others. As a longtime employee of the Flint Board of Education, she was best known for her work as the first home counselor in the Flint Community Schools. Odell was also an advocate for women, low-income families, and youth education.
  • The Sylvester Broome Jr. (1936–1992) Scholarship was established with contributions honoring Sylvester (Boby) Broome, Jr., who was dedicated to government service, involved in the community, and who encouraged the development of Flint-area youth. The Sylvester Broome Jr. Training and Technology Center, located on North Saginaw Street, was in operation from 1995–2012 and reopened in 2018 as the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village. Today, SBEV plays a major role in transforming the north Flint community.
  • The Floyd J. McCree (1923–1988) Scholarship was established with contributions honoring Michigan politician Floyd J. McCree. The Honorable Mr. McCree was Flint’s first Black mayor, the first Black mayor in Michigan, and the first in any city with a population of more than 100,000. An advocate of social causes and social justice, he was admired as a dedicated public servant committed to helping others.
  • The Dr. Douglas L. Wright (1936–1996) Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Douglas L. Wright, DDS. Raised in Flint, Dr. Wright graduated from Flint Northern High School and continued his education at the University of Michigan and Howard University School of Dentistry. A prominent dentist, community leader, and human rights activist, Dr. Wright lent his support to UM-Flint for many years as a co-chair of the planning committee that was, at the time, the Holt, Broadway, Broome, and McCree Scholarship Fundraising Committee.
  • The Annie Mae Pointer (1931–1998) Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Annie Mae Pointer. Born in 1931 in Hermandale, Missouri, Mrs. Pointer relocated to Flint in the 1950s with her husband, the Rev. Arthur J. Pointer, and their two children. Family and friends established the Annie Mae Pointer Scholarship in 1999 in recognition of Mrs. Pointer’s love for people and commitment to human rights.

Edgar B. Holt’s dream that every young scholar in our community would have the opportunity to succeed lives on. Over the decades, the Holt, Broadway, Broome, McCree, Wright, and Pointer scholarships have enabled hundreds of students to pursue a UM-Flint education. I invite you to continue empowering local students to pursue their dreams by making a gift today.

Your support celebrates the work of those who fought hard for change in our community and ensures that Flint-area youth will continue to benefit from the life-changing rewards of higher education. The gift you make today is an investment in our community’s future.

Sincerely,

Signature of Vice Chancellor Schrader

Shari Schrader
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

PS: Opportunities to support UM-Flint’s future come in all shapes and sizes. Please give today and further the work that means the most to you.

 

This passion for and devotion to helping others was shared by Odell Broadway, Sylvester Broome Jr., Floyd J. McCree, Dr. Douglas Wright, and Annie Mae Pointer. Scholarships were established in honor of these leaders and their many contributions to our community. Every gift designated to these six scholarships makes a direct and immediate impact on the lives of students.

We salute the individuals whose vision made the scholarships possible…

  • The Edgar B. (1921–1984) and Lois Van Zandt Holt (1916–2017) Scholarship was established with contributions honoring Edgar B. Holt, a leader in the Flint community who was a dedicated advocate for human rights. A long-standing and prominent member of the local and national NAACP, Mr. Holt led many civil rights efforts on behalf of African Americans. His wife, Lois Van Zandt Holt, was hired by the Flint Board of Education as a visiting teacher in February 1942, making her the first Black professional hired by the board. She was active in many community organizations, including the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Organization for Afro-American Unity, and Woodside Church.
  • The Odell Broadway (1910–1986) Scholarship was established with contributions honoring Odell Broadway, who was devoted to community service and helping others. As a longtime employee of the Flint Board of Education, she was best known for her work as the first home counselor in the Flint Community Schools. Odell was also an advocate for women, low-income families, and youth education.
  • The Sylvester Broome Jr. (1936–1992) Scholarship was established with contributions honoring Sylvester (Boby) Broome, Jr., who was dedicated to government service, involved in the community, and who encouraged the development of Flint-area youth. The Sylvester Broome Jr. Training and Technology Center, located on North Saginaw Street, was in operation from 1995–2012 and reopened in 2018 as the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village. Today, SBEV plays a major role in transforming the north Flint community.
  • The Floyd J. McCree (1923–1988) Scholarship was established with contributions honoring Michigan politician Floyd J. McCree. The Honorable Mr. McCree was Flint’s first Black mayor, the first Black mayor in Michigan, and the first in any city with a population of more than 100,000. An advocate of social causes and social justice, he was admired as a dedicated public servant committed to helping others.
  • The Dr. Douglas L. Wright (1936–1996) Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Douglas L. Wright, DDS. Raised in Flint, Dr. Wright graduated from Flint Northern High School and continued his education at the University of Michigan and Howard University School of Dentistry. A prominent dentist, community leader, and human rights activist, Dr. Wright lent his support to UM-Flint for many years as a co-chair of the planning committee that was, at the time, the Holt, Broadway, Broome, and McCree Scholarship Fundraising Committee.
  • The Annie Mae Pointer (1931–1998) Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Annie Mae Pointer. Born in 1931 in Hermandale, Missouri, Mrs. Pointer relocated to Flint in the 1950s with her husband, the Rev. Arthur J. Pointer, and their two children. Family and friends established the Annie Mae Pointer Scholarship in 1999 in recognition of Mrs. Pointer’s love for people and commitment to human rights.

Edgar B. Holt’s dream that every young scholar in our community would have the opportunity to succeed lives on. Over the decades, the Holt, Broadway, Broome, McCree, Wright, and Pointer scholarships have enabled hundreds of students to pursue a UM-Flint education. I invite you to continue empowering local students to pursue their dreams by making a gift today.

Your support celebrates the work of those who fought hard for change in our community and ensures that Flint-area youth will continue to benefit from the life-changing rewards of higher education. The gift you make today is an investment in our community’s future.

Sincerely,

Signature of Vice Chancellor Schrader

Shari Schrader
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

PS: Opportunities to support UM-Flint’s future come in all shapes and sizes. Please give today and further the work that means the most to you.

 

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