$10K scholarship established in Carol Goss’ name at U-M School of Social Work



DETROIT – Longtime Skillman Foundation president Carol Goss’ legacy of leadership and support for Detroit children grew today with the announcement of the Carol Goss Leadership Scholarship at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. The award will be announced Wednesday evening at a retirement celebration honoring Goss at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The award will honor Goss’ long career as an advocate for children, a career that launched after the Detroit native earned a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. The award will annually support one talented student from Detroit pursuing a Master’s degree through the U-M School of Social Work. The scholarship, which is supported through an endowed fund, will provide a $10,000 award annually.

“I’m humbled and honored to have this scholarship fund established in my name, and thrilled to think of the impact it will have supporting talented students for years to come,” said Goss, who will retire on Dec. 31, 2013 after nine years as president & CEO of the Skillman Foundation. “Not only will it provide monetary support to students, but it will help to identify future leaders of Detroit and encourage them to use their talents to improve lives and outcomes for the most vulnerable populations in our area.”

The student selected to receive the scholarship must exhibit the potential to be a significant leader in Detroit, as Goss has been through her career. The scholar will also have the opportunity to work at the Skillman Foundation to learn how social work is incorporated in philanthropic pursuits.

“When Carol announced her retirement, we knew we had to honor her legacy in a very meaningful way,” said Tonya Allen, who has worked with Goss for nearly a decade. “Her commitment to improving lives of children is remarkable, and her leadership and ability to bring others along into her vision is enviable. Through this scholarship, we expect to find and support future Carol Goss’, a very hopeful notion for the field of social work and the city of Detroit.”

The initial fund will total $255,000 with a $100,000 contribution from the Skillman Foundation, $15,000 from Louis and Tonya Allen, the Foundation’s CEO and incoming president, a $115,000 match from the Dean of Social Work’s Student Support Challenge, and a $25,000 match from the U-M Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support. Other contributions to the fund are welcome.

“Carol Goss (U-M MSW 72’) exemplifies the values of social work in her visionary leadership as President of the Skillman Foundation and her deep commitment to the children of Detroit” said U-M School of Social Work Dean Laura Lein. “We are honored to receive a scholarship fund that acknowledges Carol’s contributions to the field and supports the next generation of social work leaders."

Involved in philanthropy for the past 20 years, Goss joined the Skillman Foundation in March 1998 as a senior program officer. She was named President & CEO of the Foundation in 2004. She has also worked as a program officer at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and as program director at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. Goss was named the 2007 James A. Joseph Lecturer by the Association of Black Foundation Executives. Crain’s Detroit Business cited her as one of Southeast Michigan’s Most Influential Women, an honor that the respected weekly bestows every five years to the region’s most dynamic and powerful women.

Goss' professional career also includes nearly 20 years' experience in child welfare, family services and youth development in Detroit and Oakland, Calif.

For information about applying for the scholarship or to contribute to the fund, contact the school’s Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations Susan Himle at shimle@umich.edu. For more information about the Skillman Foundation, please visit www.skillman.org/whoweare.

The University of Michigan School of Social Work is a top-ranked school with an academically rigorous and robust MSW, PhD and undergraduate minor program. MSW students work in more than 36 Detroit nonprofit agencies that provide field settings for their initial practice experience. Scholarship support guarantees that students who have the passion, intellect and drive to change the world can attend U-M School of Social Work. 

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to improving meaningful graduation rates in the Detroit region, so kids are ready for college, career, and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, social innovation, and youth development. 

Media contact: William Hanson, Director of Communications


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