A generous $1 million gift from Geoffrey N. Fieger and Kathleen J. Fieger will support Kalamazoo College’s current and future students and further its strategic plan, Advancing Kalamazoo College: A Strategic Vision for 2023.
The couple are funding the Keenie and Julian Fieger Endowed Scholarship, named for Kathleen and the couple’s son Julian, a rising junior at K. The scholarship will be awarded annually by the College’s Financial Aid Office.
“We are deeply honored by the Fiegers’ amazing gift to the Brighter Light Campaign,” Kalamazoo College President Jorge G. Gonzalez said. “We are grateful that parents of one of our current students have recognized the incredible impact of a K education and have chosen to share with us their commitment to opening doors for others. It’s truly inspiring. This scholarship will provide students access to a K experience for generations to come.”
Geoffrey Fieger is the leader of the Fieger Law firm, which is considered by many to be one of the top personal injury law firms in the U.S. He has been a practicing trial lawyer for more than 42 years and has experience as a trial litigator and a scholar. He has been repeatedly featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox and various other networks to provide legal insight and commentary throughout his career. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the Detroit College of Law, which is now Michigan State University Law.
Kathleen Fieger, a native of Garden City, Michigan, attended Schoolcraft Community College and the Center for Creative Studies. She worked for 15 years in advertising on accounts that included Ford Motor Co. and Lincoln-Mercury. She later pursued a degree in architecture and design, graduating from Lawrence Technological University with honors.
For nearly every student of Kalamazoo College, financial aid opens the door to life-changing opportunities, and it is the College’s greatest annual expense with 98% of K students receiving financial aid. By growing its base of endowed scholarships, K can attract and retain talented students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, better meet the demonstrated need of every student and ensure lower student debt upon graduation.
“Keenie and I knew of K’s reputation for academic excellence when our oldest son Julian began his college career,” Geoffrey Fieger said. “We soon learned that along with academics comes a beautiful campus environment in which to learn, and a solid vision for the future. President Gonzalez’s commitment to the College is infectious. His passion encouraged us to participate and invest in K’s future. By our creation of these scholarships, we hope to provide for and offer a way for others to experience and share what has truly been, for our family, a life-affirming experience.”
About Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo College, founded in 1833, is a nationally recognized residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Kalamazoo, Mich. The creator of the K-Plan, Kalamazoo College provides an individualized education that integrates rigorous academics with life-changing experiential learning opportunities. For more information, visit www.kzoo.edu.
The Brighter Light Campaign is raising $150 million to provide endowed and annual support for students, faculty and staff, curricular and co-curricular activities, athletics and campus facilities. For more information, visit the Brighter Light Campaign page: www.kzoo.edu/brighterlight