By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Come the 2016-17 school year, the B Hall at Fordson High School will bare a new name: the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Hallway.
The change was approved unanimously by the Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education at its June 13 meeting.
Since 2004, the Brehm family has established full-tuition scholarships for select Fordson High School students to attend the University of Michigan.
Brehm scholars who also go on to pursue a medical degree at the university’s medical school have have their tuition covered in full.
Last year, the Brehms chose to expand the scholarship to include Fordson High School alumni accepted to attend the medical school even if they were not on the scholarship while earning their undergraduate degree.
Since its implementation, the program has provided more than 45 full ride scholarships to Fordson students attending U-M.
“I really appreciate the students who came up with the idea,” Trustee Mary Lane said. “The extent of Mr. and Mrs. Brehm’s donations is really just astonishing. I hope that those students that benefit from the generosity from the Brehms will pay it forward in the future.”
The renaming of the hallway was suggested by Fordson graduates Ali Nasrallah and Mariam Hamid, who are current U-M Medical School students.
Fordson Principal Heyam Alcodray presented the proposal to the board during its May 9 meeting, accompanied by Nasrallah.
“They came to me with the proposal to name a hallway in their honor,” Alcodray said. “Going through the history of what Mr. and Mrs. Brehm have done for the students, that it was a great idea.”
Nasrallah praised the Brehms’ generosity and commitment to giving back to Fordson students.
“Mr. Brehm has kindled within the Fordson and Dearborn community a flame of generosity, a thought of responsibility where we are supposed to care for the schools we come from,” Nasrallah said. “I hope that we can show Mr. and Mrs. Brehm that we do appreciate them.”
The planned signs will have a Fordson blue background with bronze lettering and fleur-de-lis symbol. The signs will be placed on both ends of B hall, with an official dedication planned for September.
Trustee Fadwa Hammoud said her brother Abbas Alwieh had the opportunity to go to his dream school in 2008 because of the Brehm scholarship.
“When you talk about Mr. and Mrs. Brehm, they have literally taken on these students as their own children,” Hammoud said. “They meet with them often, whether its for picnics or coming over to their houses of barbecues and keep up with them.”
For more information on the Brehm Scholars Program go to leadersandbest.umich.edu/brehm.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)