A significant gift from Larry and Susan Mondry will provide scholarship support to students in UMSI’s new undergraduate program. This is the first gift to support students earning the Bachelor of Science in Information, whose inaugural class enters this coming fall.
Growing up in Southeastern Michigan, Larry felt there was an aura surrounding the University of Michigan. He always assumed he would attend school there, but instead moved to Boston to follow his future wife Susan, to whom he’s now been married for 30 years.
While not an alumnus, Larry is still passionate about Michigan. “Michigan is mine, it’s in my heart and blood, both the state and university. When I say University of Michigan, I say it with the pride of an alumnus.”
Larry attended Boston University and has spent the last 24 years in Dallas, where he began working for a small start-up company called CompUSA. He worked there until 2006, eventually becoming the CEO.
Working at CompUSA, a company that brought the sharing of information to the masses, Larry says UMSI seemed like a natural fit to endow the Susan and Lawrence Mondry Scholarship. He believes that the information sharing work that CompUSA engaged in helped him better understand the world.
When asked about the impact he hopes his scholarship will have, he recalls one of his favorite quotes, from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Larry’s hope is that by providing the financial opportunity for students to receive a UMSI education, this scholarship can help students broaden their minds and experiences to become world changing citizens.