Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti has announced a $3.26 million gift from longtime supporters William and Delores Brehm in support of programs at its School of Education and the creation of a music therapy fellowship program.
The grant will be used to expand the Delores Soderquist Brehm Center for Special Education Scholarship & Research by increasing the number of full-tuition scholarships for Brehm Scholars from eight to ten; establish the Delores Soderquist Brehm Endowed Research Fellowship in Special Education program, which will support two fellowships a year for Brehm Scholars and provide opportunities for further advancement in special education research; and establish the Delores Soderquist Brehm Endowed Fellowship in Music Therapy, which will support two fellowships annually for outstanding music therapy students during their senior year of clinical work and subsequent internship. The latest gift boosts the Brehms' support for the university to more than $8.5 million, making them the largest individual donors to the school in its history.
Bill Brehm served as assistant secretary of the United States Army from 1968 to 1970, as assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs from 1973 to 1976, and as assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs from 1976 to 1977. After leaving government service, he worked for several years at senior levels in private industry, including stints with Computer Network Corporation, SRA International, and the Center for Naval Analyses. Dolores "Dee" Brehm is a graduate of EMU's special education program.
"These gifts will both strengthen our academic programs and provide scholarships for outstanding students in the College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences," said Kim Schatzel, interim president, provost, and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at the school. "We acknowledge the efforts of the university’s leadership who bring alumni like Dee Brehm back to the campus and engage them in the outstanding work taking place at Eastern Michigan University."