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SMTD Receives Major Addition to Musical Theatre Scholarship Fund


Sandy (BBA '53, MBA '54) and Jeanne Robertson have made an additional gift of $1 million to the previously established Jeanne and Sanford Robertson Scholarship Fund for musical theatre students at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The new gift brings the total value of the fund to $2.25 million, providing exceptional opportunities for the School to attract and support the country's most talented musical theatre students and maintain the program's standing as one the best in the nation.

The Robertson Scholarship Fund was created in 2011 with a $1 million gift. The new gift was eligible for the Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support, an incentive that coincides with the "Victors for Michigan Campaign." It provides 1:4 matching, or $1 from the University for every $4 from the donor, and resulted in a $250,000 allocation to the Robertson Scholarship Fund from the University.

Sandy Robertson, a founding partner of the global private equity firm Francisco Partners, has always been interested in theatre. During the last two years he has backed 12 different Broadway productions, including the musicals Nice Work If You Can Get It and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Three years ago, four musical theatre students attended Robertson's 80th birthday party and performed. "I was so impressed," he said. "It made me very interested in supporting the school." Since then, one of the four students, Andy Jones (BFA '11) has gone on to be an understudy for two of the hottest musical roles on Broadway: the Prince in Cinderella and, currently, the lead role of David Shayne in Bullets Over Broadway. The Robertsons look forward to visiting with Jones during an upcoming visit to New York.

Since the birthday party, the Robertsons have closely followed the careers of the four students who performed for them and are delighted at how well they are doing. They have also had the pleasure of meeting many of their scholarship recipients. "I had lunch with a group of them last fall," said Robertson. "They're terrific."

Visit the School of Music, Theatre & Dance website for more information on scholarships or other donations, or call 734.764.4453.

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