Barry Klein, a 1968 graduate of Oakland University, established the George R. and Helen Klein Memorial Scholarship in 1997 in honor of his parents. He credits OU for teaching him to think critically and question why things are the way they are. He authored the book Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll, and the royalties are used to fund this scholarship in support of students with an interest in substance-abuse counseling.
Since his graduation, Barry has continued his involvement with Oakland University. He co-chaired the alumni component of the University’s Enduring Legacy Capstone Campaign, served as the President of the Oakland University Alumni Association, and has been the recipient of both the Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the OU Alumni Spirit Award. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Oakland University Foundation. Barry feels it’s important to help students because they will, in turn, give back to the community.
In order to qualify for the $1,000 - $2,000 (amount may vary) award, you must be an graduate student in the Counseling department. Two awards will be distributed in the fall 2012 semester, and two additional awards will be available in the winter 2013 semester.
Additional requirements include:
- Being enrolled in a counseling program, with a primary interest in substance-abuse counseling, education or treatment
- Maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA
- Financial need may be considered
2011 Klein recipients Tiffanye Teagarden and Tamara Shirey
If you would like to help the Klein Memorial Scholarship grow, you can give online or contact the School of Education and Human Services development office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 370-4233.