Kimmelman Scholars Program Fund
The Kimmelman Scholarship was generously funded by alumna Eloise Moxely Kimmelman and her husband David Kimmelman. The Kimmelmans started this fund as a way to attract more high-caliber, elite students to study the field of accounting at the UofM. Never having children of their own, they wanted to provide young people with the opportunity of a good education. “Eloise taught accounting for so many years, so it was a natural fit for the Kimmelmans to establish a scholarship for accounting majors”, said Jan Yelen, Miami attorney and Kimmelman family friend. Kimmelman graduated from then Memphis State University in 1945 with a commerce degree. She then moved on to Indiana University where she taught accounting. Kimmelman was recruited to the University of Miami, where she remained for the following 27 years of her career. Kimmelman’s love for education is reflected in her philanthropic choices, leaving estate funds to all three universities that were once a part of her life, including the UofM.
Because the Kimmelmans have earmarked these funds for high-achieving students who seek rigor, recipients are required to be first year students with a minimum 3.2 GPA and a 25 or higher on their ACT. Students will be expected to maintain high standards after accepting the scholarship, sustaining a 2.9 GPA the first year, 3.0 the second year and 3.2 in the subsequent years. The Kimmelman Scholarship has supported over 20 students each year. Yelen adds, “The scholarships funded by the Kimmelmans have served the exact purpose intended – to help educate students interested in careers in accounting. David and Eloise would be so pleased and so proud of all the Kimmelman scholars. Education was very important to both of them and this was their way of giving back.”