The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce the launch of our official campaign to endow the Candace Marie Bolter Memorial Scholarship. Over the next five years, it is our goal to inspire $10,000 in total gifts, at which point the scholarship will become endowed. All future gifts to the department will then be included with the principal balance of the endowment, an amount that will remain intact in perpetuity. In the interim, the Philosophy Department is able to continue to award the Bolter Scholarship thanks to the generous gifts of prior donors.
Candace Bolter was a philosophy major who graduated from UM-Flint in May, 2002. Faculty who were fortunate enough to have had Candace as a student in one of their philosophy courses regarded her as among the very brightest students they ever taught. Candace was passionately interested in many areas of philosophy. Her first love was philosophy of mind, and she was personally recruited by the prominent philosopher David Chalmers to the Ph.D program of the University of Arizona, where he was then teaching. However, she elected to stay closer to home, enrolling in the doctoral program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where the faculty held her in high regard. Candace was the ideal philosophy student — intelligent, diligent and thoroughly engaged with ideas — and her desire to enact real, positive change in the world steered her graduate studies towards issues of justice and fairness, and in particular the rights of children. In fact, while still a Ph.D. student in philosophy, Candace was accepted by the UM Law School; in her judgment, the combination of a Ph.D. and a J.D. would best position her to work toward fulfilling her vision of a better world.
Tragically, Candace was diagnosed with a serious illness, and she died before she was able to complete her graduate studies. The UM-Flint Philosophy Department's Candace Bolter Memorial Scholarship fund has been established to commemorate Candace’s memory and to honor her love of learning.
The Candace Bolter scholarship is awarded once a year. Applicants must be a UM-Flint Philosophy major with a 3.25 grade point average. The scholarship selection committee will consist of a minimum of three members of the Philosophy Department faculty. For information on how to apply for this scholarship, please visit the UM-Flint Financial Aid Office scholarship web page or contact the Philosophy Department.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, we awarded the Bolter scholarship for the first time to Philosophy majors Zachary Murphy and Gabriela Gibson.
Zachary Murphy 2011-2012 Candace Bolter Recipient
Gabriela Gibson 2011-2012 Candace Bolter Recipient
We invite you to lend your support to honoring Candace's memory.