As a former Starr Commonwealth student, Michael Reygaert
knows the benefits of being at Starr and can attest to the ways
it forever changes a youth’s life for the best.
Michael was at Starr Commonwealth’s residential program in Albion
from 2003-2005. After successfully completing the program, Michael
attended all four years of high school in western Michigan. During
his senior year, Michael served as captain of the cross country team,
and his hobby has turned into a passion. He continues to run
marathons and helps others train as well.
Upon high school graduation, Michael was given a John Seita Scholarship, an award named for a former Starr youth that is given to former foster care youth and young adults in transition. It assists with tuition expenses for undergraduate courses at Western Michigan University. The Seita Scholars Program aims to increase the number of youth from foster care earning bachelor’s degrees, to assist former foster youth with the transition to adulthood through achieving undergraduate education, and to create a community of former foster youth scholars among WMU students. Additionally, Michael is the recipient of a Starr Scholarship that helps him pay for the room and board expenses of living on WMU campus that are not covered by the Seita Scholarship.
As a junior, Michael is currently pursuing two separate bachelor’s degrees,
one in psychology and another in human resource management.
Michael was interested in giving back to Starr for all it has done for him.He was looking for a lasting investment that he could make over time. A named endowment seemed like a wise way to invest that would also give back over his lifetime and many more. He plans on sending a modest amount each month to fund the Michael Reygaert Endowment. Named endowments are considered fully-funded at $2,500, but can continue to grow to any amount the donor wishes. When funded, Starr will use the interest earned to fund campus improvements and other board-designated activities.
If you would like more information on how you can start a named endowment, or ways in which you
can become a friend of the organization, please contact Gary Tester, Chief Development Officer
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.837.5591, ext. 2425.
I happen to know Michael, and the Starr Commonwealth program very well. He took full advantage of the help offered to him there by their excellent staff, and he's made such tremendous progress in his life. I just wanted to shine the spotlight on a young man who is doing good!
(article from Starr News Summer 2011)