Michael Parker

2015 A Generous Spirit


An accounting and finance major, Michael Parker just may be the happiest person on campus. You’d be hard-pressed to not smile when he enters the room—he has a one-of-a-kind generous and enthusiastic spirit.

As a member of the Student Philanthropy Council, Michael sets an example of engagement, philanthropy and inclusion for his peers on campus.

“Most SPC members are selected through a written application, but we identified Michael as a candidate because he just showed up one day and asked how he could help. He’s been one of the most reliable and passionate members on our team ever since,” said Kristin McDonough, student affairs program manager.

In addition to Student Philanthropy Council, Michael was a fellow in Student Government and director of volunteering for the Indian American Student Association.

“I feel it is extremely important to give back to a university that has given me so much, in order to create a cycle of individuals that are passionate, driven and enthused to improve the world,” said Michael.

Michael enjoys opportunities to help the community. He is quick to step up as a mentor or volunteer and has arranged service projects with Gleaners, Fifth Third Bank and the CIViC. A former member of the UM-Dearborn basketball team, Michael now coaches high school varsity girls’ basketball.

“Whether I am a financial adviser at a bank or working for a nonprofit, I want to be involved in helping others,” he said.

However, his future career may land him right back on campus. “My dream career would be president of a university,” Michael added. “I have such gratification in seeing the joy and happiness on others when they achieve success, and knowing I helped contribute to that is priceless.”