MPLP Support Opportunities
You can support MPLP in several ways:
- Make a general support donation
- Support one of the great scholarship funds described below
- Sponsor one of our MPLP weekends around the state (.pdf)
- Sponsor our annual breakfast or dinner events (.pdf)
- Become an MPLP Partner (.pdf)
- Establish a Fellow Scholarship Fund (.pdf)
- Pledge your support to MPLP (.pdf)
- MPLP Alumni Donations
To discuss sponsorships, please contact IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-355-6672.
Longtime MPLP sponsor Consumers Energy provides a view of the benefits of sponsorship:
"Consumers Energy is proud to be a longtime supporter of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP), a driving force behind the first MPLP Legacy scholarship, and a regular underwriter of an MPLP weekend program. MPLP is a tangible way for the Company to support the development of Michigan leaders and an informed and sound public policy decision-making process for the betterment of Michigan. Through our participation and sponsorship, we appreciate how the company’s facilities and speakers have been incorporated into the MPLP curriculum to provide a window for participants to view the complicated and fascinating world of the state’s energy infrastructure. Further, we appreciate the interaction with the alumni and fellows, who are community and thought leaders from across the state."
Anne M. Mervenne Scholarship Fund
Anne M. Mervenne stepped down in her role as MPLP Co-Director in October 2017 after serving 20 years in that role. She was the first woman to co-lead the 24 MPLP Fellows. During that time, she mentored over 500 of our MPLP alumni and worked tirelessly to ensure the continued success of MPLP. This fund was established to honor her and is supported by our MPLP alumni and some of Anne’s dearest friends and colleagues. The goal has been set to raise $60,000 which will support the cost of one full fellowship per year for the next five years. The recipient of this scholarship will be someone who portrays the same leadership qualities and commitment to the betterment of our State as Anne has demonstrated over the last several decades.
Our 2019 recipients:
- SonJalita Hulbert
SonJalita is a Master’s in Management professional at Aetna, Inc., with experience in Community Development, Managed Care, Organizational Leadership, and Business Development. SonJalita works on several multi-disciplinary teams to address social determinants, which aim to reduce systemic conditions and effects of poverty. SonJalita has served as President of Kalamazoo Republican Women’s Association, Vice Chair of Kalamazoo Republican Party, and MI GOP State Committee. She’s appointed to MDHHS, Commission of Community Action & Economic Opportunity.
- Allisyn Mattice-Eskau
Allisyn is a Policy Advisor for the Michigan House Republican Policy Office. She assists Republican members in the following policy areas: Tax Policy, Law & Justice, Higher Education, and Community Colleges. Prior to joining the House Republican Policy Office, Allisyn worked as the front and back desk for State Representative Jeff Farrington and managed Diana Farrington’s Campaign for State Representative. She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Economics and currently attends law school at Michigan State University.
- Fatou-Seydi Sarr
Fatou-Seydi is the founder and Executive Director of ABISA (African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs) a nonprofit that helps African and Black Immigrants in Michigan and nationwide to know their rights, access resources, become socially invested and civically engaged. A Senegalese native, Seydi is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Social Work (BSW) and Marygrove School of Social Justice (M.A. SJ). Her passion for social equity drives her commitment to advocacy for the intersectionality of religious, racial, immigration, socio-economy and gender issues. A lay leader in the Detroit West African Community, Seydi is a court interpreter and teaches weekly African dance classes in the city. Seydi proudly uphold her heritage and multifaceted identity. 2018 Seydi conducted a fervent grassroots campaign for a Michigan State House seat. Although a heavily-favored incumbent won, she plans to leverage her success in the future by continuing to bring immigration contribution and the need for social inclusion to the forefront.
Douglas B. Roberts Legacy Fund
Doug Roberts retired in 2015 as IPPSR director. He is a former state Treasurer, whose state government service has been bipartisan. He has worked in the administrations of Republican Governors William G. Milliken, John Engler and Rick Snyder, and in those of Democratic Governors James Blanchard and Jennifer Granholm. He is considered an architect of what is now known as Proposal A, designed to add fairness and equity to state property taxes.
A legacy fund was established in his honor and two solicitations were made. One was made to MPLP Fellows and Alumni, and one was made to Roberts’ colleagues in state government and private businesses. We expect the fund to remain open for the foreseeable future. Approximately $32,000 has been raised to date. Funds raised are used to help with annual costs and to sustain the organization.