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College of Education Robert Wingert Scholarship One-Year Later June 13, 2013

June 13, 2013

Robert Wingert Scholarship

College of Education

One-year Later June 13, 2013

 

College of Education remembers Robert Wingert

Robert (Rob) Wingert, B.S. ’09, a cum laude graduate of the Wayne State University College of Education Department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, exhibited an interest in physical education and coaching from an early age. So when he became a teacher, coach, role model and mentor, he was following both a life-long passion and a dream.

Rob taught physical education at Edison and Mark Twain elementary schools in Fraser and coached the Fraser High School club track team. He showed an instinctive ability to work with children. Through encouragement and his own example, he guided his students to set goals, challenge themselves, never give up, celebrate their victories and set the bar even higher. When Rob passed away unexpectedly last year, his parents, Kevin and Patti Dib, sister Kara and brother Ben, and grandparents, Robert and Marilyn Weidenbach, established the Robert Wingert Memorial Endowed Scholarship to honor his memory. The scholarship helps KHS students with their education costs.

“The Wingert scholarship is one of the larger awards given in the College of Education,” said Kathryn Rusak, director of development for the college. “The family has indicated their preference that only one student each year to receive the full proceeds of the endowment—approximately $6,000. This is a significant sum of money to our hardworking students. We are so grateful to the family for their generosity.”

Michael Cunningham, class of 2014, is the 2013–14 Wingert Scholar. “I am very excited and proud to be the recipient of the scholarship,” said Cunningham. “After meeting with Rob Wingert’s family and learning about his passion for teaching, it is a true honor to be associated with the scholarship.”

Cunningham will be student teaching during the fall and winter semesters. “The time commitment of student teaching will make it difficult to be employed more than a few hours a week,” he said. “Being recognized for my hard work by the department and the college in this way is important to me. The money will be a great help.”

“Our family is so pleased to be able to assist a talented and deserving student each year with their education expenses,” said Patti Dib. “Creating the Robert Wingert Memorial Endowed Scholarship is the most positive thing we could do to help keep Rob’s memory and his dreams alive in the futures of new KHS graduates.”

For more information on how to contribute to the Wingert scholarship or establish an endowed or annual giving, please contact Mary Barden at m.barden@wayne.edu or (313) 577-1664.