University of Michigan’s LEAD Scholarship Program

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In his role as hedge fund analyst for Newbrook Capital Advisors in New York, Ryan Hoadley works in several market sectors, including chemicals, automotive, and retail. A graduate with honors from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ryan Hoadley is an active member of the school’s alumni association.

The Association sponsors an extensive scholarship program for incoming and current students, known as LEAD: leadership, excellence, achievement, and diversity. These four-year merit awards are intended to attract students from under-represented groups, and create a learning atmosphere that includes persons from diverse backgrounds. Some 125 students from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses currently have LEAD scholarships.

The scholarships total $5,000, and is renewable for four years. Eligible incoming freshmen must have a high school GPA of at least 3.5, and SAT scores of 1220 or higher, or ACT scores of 27 or greater. However, students who do not meet these criteria may still be considered. Each applicant must add to campus diversity by virtue of gender, race, or ethnicity.

LEAD students also qualify for peer mentoring upon enrollment. Upper-class students volunteer their time to provide academic guidance and social support. Many LEAD mentees go on to become mentors themselves.

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University of Michigan Football Traditions

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Financial professional Ryan Hoadley is an analyst with a hedge fund based in New York City. A graduate of Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ryan Hoadley follows Michigan football.

One of the most tradition-heavy colleges in the United States, the University of Michigan has a large number of rituals involving its football team. Before every football game, the marching band’s drum major tosses the mace over the goalposts in the north end zone. According to local superstition, if the drum major fails to catch the mace on the other side, the Michigan football team will lose the game. At every home game, there is a seat reserved for Fritz Crisler, the head football coach from 1938 to 1947.

Just before kickoff, the Michigan football team pelts through the tunnel at the 50-yard line and takes to the field. As they walk under the banner that reads “Go Blue: M Club Supports You,” players reach up and touch it. During these pre-kickoff festivities, the marching band performs “The Victors,” the school’s fight song.

The University of Michigan’s Achievements in Football

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Ryan Hoadley is a financial expert who analyzes investment opportunities for his clients. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Ryan Hoadley follows the Wolverines football team.

Capping the 2015 season with a 41-7 win over Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the Wolverines ended the year with a 10-3 record; it was their 27th double-digit win season. They ranked 12th in the year-end polls for the first time since 2011.

Strong offensive and defensive play earned the Maize and Blue several national rankings. Michigan’s offense won top-25 placement in red-zone efficiency and kickoff returns. Defensively, they placed in the top 10 in categories such as total defense, pass defense, stopping third down conversions, and scoring defense.

Season highlights included a three-game shutout streak, in which they beat Brigham Young, Northwestern, and Maryland. The Wolverines were the first team since Kansas State in 1995 to hold three Football Bowl Subdivision teams in a row to zero points.

Another highlight occurred against Minnesota, when Michigan blocked a last-second attempt by the Golden Gophers to run a winning touchdown instead of a game-tying field goal. The Wolverine’s defense held firm and rejected the quarterback sneak.

University of Michigan Sponsors Big House 5K

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Since 2008, Ryan Hoadley has worked as an analyst for a New York-based hedge fund. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ryan Hoadley continues to follows the university’s athletic programs.

Intercollegiate competition began at the University of Michigan in 1865 when the school introduced baseball, and in 1973, the school introduced women’s varsity sports. Since the inception of sports, the athletic teams have garnered more than 50 national championships in 12 sports. No other NCAA Division I program has more national titles in men’s swimming and diving or hockey than the University of Michigan.

One of the ways the University of Michigan athletics program raises money is through its Big House 5K. In 2015, the event occurred on April 12 and raised $100,000 for six local nonprofit beneficiaries. Only in its second year, the 2015 race brought together almost 5,500 racers, up from 4,300 racers the previous year. Racers began on State Street outside the Al Glick Field House, meandered through the campus and the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus, and finished at the 50-yard line at Michigan Stadium.