As the staff advisor of the Afro-American Society and an admissions officer, Michael Fisher worked toward the increased admission and retention of Black students at CWRU. It is in the spirit of his work that the Michael E. Fisher Scholarship is designated as assistance for a diverse undergraduate in their second year of study at CWRU.
“Mr. Fisher’s genuine concern for bringing in more Black students and… his involvement in admission’s procedure resulted in a 100% increase over the previous year’s freshman enrollment and his efforts in implementing programs of further orientation have aided the entire freshman class this year.”
President, Afro-American Society, 1969
Michael E. Fisher
In his short tenure at Case Western Reserve University, Fisher played a significant part in the creation and running of a Black student pre-freshman orientation. This program was aimed at Black applicants to the university so that they might get acquainted with the Black community and resources at CWRU. A bold leader far ahead of his time, Fisher actively advocated for the Black students of CWRU so that they could speak out against injustice. His efforts in his role as advisor to the Afro-American Society empowered young Black students, including our own Stephanie Tubbs Jones, to advocate for themselves and their community. This scholarship serves as one more extension of Fisher’s work and kindness.