Dearborn students receive scholarships

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DEF awards scholarships
Photo courtesy Dearborn Education Foundation
2013 Metzler Scholarships recipients Moiead Charawi from Dearborn High (left), Marwa Harp from Fordson (second from left) and Jihad Baydoun from Edsel Ford High (second from right) join Doris Metzler (third from right) and representatives from the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation. The scholarship is annually awarded to graduating seniors who have written compelling essays on their community service experiences.

DEARBORN — As a Ford Motor Company employee and a Dearborn Public Schools teacher, Richard and Doris Metzler invested their careers and lives in Dearborn. For them, service to community was a critical educational and life experience—an experience they wanted to share and promote, not just in their own lifetimes but also afterward.

Now, in honor of Richard’s life, the annual Metzler Scholarship is awarded to those graduating seniors who have written compelling essays on their community service experiences. One scholarship is awarded at each of the district’s three traditional high schools. This year’s winners are Moiead Charawi (DHS), Marwa Harp (FHS), and Jihad Baydoun (EFHS). In the fall, Charawi will attend Stanford University, Harp, Harvard University, and Baydoun, Wayne State University.

The Metzler Scholarship is possible because of an endowment that the couple created during Richard’s lifetime. The Metzlers could have selected any of a variety of agencies to manage their endowment, but they chose the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation (DPSEF) because of its mission and its roots within the district and community.

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