GLS Memorial Fund
The Greg Richards, Larry Polatsch and Scott Weingard ("GLS") Memorial Fund was established by friends of Laurence's and two other World Trade Center victims to preserve and honor their memories. All three of these unique individuals were tragically lost in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Although very different people, they each lived life to the fullest and brightened the world for everyone they touched. They shared a common bond through the University of Michigan and were all successful professionals at the Wall Street firm of Cantor Fitzgerald. GLS's objective is to preserve the memories of Greg, Laurence and Scott by granting scholarships to the University of Michigan in the GLS name for students in need of financial assistance.
GLS's goal is to help the people who tried to save our friends. GLS will grant scholarships to the University of Michigan for students in need of financial assistance who have a family member that is a firefighter, police officer or emergency medical technician ("EMT") or was lost in the World Trade Center attack. The GLS Memorial Fund has established and grown its endowment at the University of Michigan to over $1.5 million allowing us to grant two four-year Dean's Merit Scholarships worth over $60,000 each. In order to be considered for the scholarship, a student must first meet the above mentioned family requirements and then be accepted to the University of Michigan through the regular admissions process. For more information on the qualifications for the scholarship, please visit www.glsmemorialfund.com or contact Andrew Kaminsky at [email protected]
Yashita is from New York City and will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2021 on the GLS Memorial Fund Scholarship. Yashita has a passion for economics and community service and is excited to participate in the UROP program at Michigan. Yashita is looking forward to the actively being part of the Michigan community and looks forward to playing club tennis, participating in dance performances and being part of the Indian Student Association.
Lashaun is from Lawrenceville, Georgia and will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2020 on the GLS Memorial Fund Scholarship. Lashaun plans on majoring in either Astronomy and Astrophysics or Environmental Science. The GLS Memorial Scholarship has relieved a lot of stress that 2020 has brought Lashaun and she is forever grateful for the opportunity Michigan.
Kiara is from Honolulu, Hawaii and will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2020 on the GLS Memorial Fund Scholarship. Kiara hopes to major in microbiology. In high school, Kiara was on the competitive cheerleading team for four years and is currently a member of the Michigan All Girl Cheer team. In her free time, Kiara spends time with friends, cooks dinner with her mom and surfs with her father and sister. Kiara is very happy to be at the University of Michigan, surrounded by an abundance of school pride and learning from some of the best professors in the nation.
Janice Kang is from Glenview, IL and graduated from New Trier High School in 2020 with honors. She will be attending the University of Michigan on the GLS scholarship beginning in the fall of 2020. Janice was Treasurer of Student Government her freshman and senior year, Treasurer of Model UN her junior year, and an active member of her high school’s Policy Debate team. In addition to Janice’s extracurricular activities, she was part of the French Honors Society, tutored students in reading and writing, and annually served on service trips during her four years of high school. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and going on long walks. Janice aspires to become a lawyer in the future and is excited for her four years at Michigan.
Serena is from Sylvania, Ohio and will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2020 on the GLS Memorial Fund Scholarship. Serena was the student body president of her high school and loved forging relationships with the student body, administration and community. Additionally, she was involved in student council for all four years of high school, was a member of National Honor Society, Leadership Academy and played four years of varsity soccer.
Michael Brandon grew up in Chicago, IL and graduated from Catalyst-Maria High School. Michael will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2016 on the GLS Memorial Fund scholarship. Michael has varied interests including traveling, making people laugh and Hershey's chocolate. Michael values leadership, integrity and courage. His favorite quote by Martin Luther King is, "Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal." Michael transferred from Michigan in 2019.
Tyler Stradberg grew up in Muskegon, MI and graduated from Spring Lake High School. Tyler will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2016 on the GLS Memorial Fund scholarship. Tyler was the Captain of his high school lacrosse and tennis teams and was a member of the Student Council. Tyler graduated from Michigan in April 2020.
Gloriela Iguina - Colon attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and Music and Art in Manhattan, New York. She majored in Drama. She is now a sophomore at the University of Michigan planning to major in Public Policy. She has loved every second of her experience at Michigan, and has become involved in many aspects of student life. She holds leadership positions as a LEAD scholar, is a student fellow with the Global Intercultural Experiences for Undergraduates (GIEU) program, is involved in research and has become very engaged with social justice activism and causes on campus with the Program on Intergroup Relations and within the local community. She has received honors every semester thus far. Gloriela would not have been able to engage so fully with the opportunities available without the support of the GLS Memorial Fund.
Gloriela transferred to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at Michigan in September 2015. We were honored to have her as one of our scholarship recipients and look forward to following her career in government.
Timothy Allen Sell, Jr.
Timothy Allen Sell, Jr. grew up in Belvidere, IL and graduated Belvidere High School in 2012 with high honors. Tim will be attending the University of Michigan beginning in the fall of 2012 on the GLS Memorial scholarship. Tim was active in many activities, including captain of the Varsity Tennis team, Executive Secretary of the Student Council, Executive Secretary of the district Student Council, Vice President of Finance for DECA, and a member of Belvidere's National Honor Society. While at Michigan, Tim plans on majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience on a pre-med track to eventually become a licensed and practicing Psychiatrist.
Tim graduated from Michigan in May 2015.
Chris Mays went to high school in Southfield, MI before attending the University of Michigan. Chris received the GLS scholarship for his senior year at Michigan. Chris has been making the most of his time at Michigan and has been experiencing many aspects of student life. From trying out for the Michigan Football team to Central Student Government he has been making the most of this opportunity.
Chris graduated from Michigan in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in British History.
Kelly Clark graduated as one of three valedictorians of the class of 2009 of Saint Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. She will be attending the University of Michigan beginning in the fall of 2009 on a full scholarship from the GLS Memorial Fund. Kelly was on Saint Ursula's National Honor Society Executive Council during her junior and senior years, and scored well enough on the PSAT/NMSQT to be designated a National Merit Finalist in the spring of 2009. She also participated in stage crew and quiz bowl for her school, earning leadership positions in both from sophomore year. She is a captain and principal member of her local fencing club, The Toledo Blades. She volunteers at her local library and metroparks during summers. Kelly's father has been a firefighter for the City of Toledo since September of 1989 and works primarily on Engine 17, one of the busiest in the country. GLS is honored to have Kelly as one of its scholarship students.
Kelly graduated from Michigan in May 2012
Eugene Kim graduated Syosset High School in 2008 with a 95 average and will be attending the University of Michigan on the GLS scholarship beginning in the fall of 2008. Eugene participated in the National Honors Society and the Spanish Honors Society. While in high school, Eugene developed many leadership skills and lead the varsity volleyball team, was the sports editor for the yearbook and the treasurer of the varsity mathletes team. In addition to his academic and extracurricular activities, Eugene participated in many volunteer programs, including starting a volleyball clinic for young children. We are looking forward to having Eugene attend Michigan on the GLS scholarship.
Eugene graduated from the Steven Ross School of Business at Michigan in May 2011.
Robert graduated from Roxbury High School in Succasunna, New Jersey. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps from September 11, 2000 to August 2, 2005. Robert is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in which he served overseas for the majority of 2003. After his Honorable Discharge from service, he enrolled in the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey, where he currently has a GPA of 3.89. Robert is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a national honors society for junior colleges, and also tutors mathematics at his local college campus. Robert's father, the police chief of Wharton, New Jersey, sent some of his officers to the World Trade Center site after the attack. Robert also has younger twin brothers. One of which is a police officer in Denville, New Jersey, and the other is currently serving his country in the United States Marine Corps. We were excited and honored to have Robert receive the GLS Memorial Fund Scholarship, but unfortunately, he returned home to New Jersey after just one semester for family reasons. We wish Robert continued success and good luck with his future.
GLS Memorial Fund has selected, Jeanine Bonomi as it second scholarship recipient. Jeanine will be starting the University of Michigan in the fall of 2005 at the College of Literature, Science & Arts. Jeanine graduated from Syosset High School, (as did Laurence Polatsch in 1986) with honors and a 3.8 GPA. She was a varsity swimmer, yearbook editor and Interact Club member. Jeanine is a Nassau County and American Red Cross certified lifeguard. In addition to Jeanine's academic achievements, GLS was also impressed with her activities outside of school. Jeanine's father is a New York City Firefighter stationed in Corona and made a large contribution to the rescue efforts in the World Trade Center on September 11th. GLS is honored to be able to help Jeanine attend the University of Michigan.
Jeanine graduated from Michigan in May 2009 and will be moving back to New York City to begin her career in marketing.
GLS Memorial Fund is proud to announce that Michelle Myers was selected as our first scholarship recipient. Michelle is from Long Island, NY and was selected for her outstanding academic record, as well as her performance outside the classroom. Michelle was a member of the varsity lacrosse team, the marching band and several honor society clubs - while achieving a 4.0 grade point average and graduating fifth in her class. In addition to Michelle's personal achievements, we were drawn to Michelle because of her father's bravery. Michelle's father is a Port Authority police officer stationed in New York City. On September 11th, he made several rescue attempts in the World Trade Center and escaped from one of the buildings when it began to collapse. We are honored to have Michelle as our first scholarship recipient.
Michelle graduated Michigan in December 2006 and is now a practicing attorney.