While still a student in business administration at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Josh Shandell exhibited leadership in two on-campus clubs. Along with his role as co-president of the Undergraduate Real Estate Club, Josh Shandell founded Cooking for a Cause, which regularly provides Ann Arbor’s homeless population with nutritious meals.
Cooking for a Cause volunteers deliver meals to the Salvation Army’s Ken and Marianna Staples Family Center, which also provides rehabilitative services. Students make regionally based meals in a commercial-type kitchen on campus. These events became known as “cooking days,” where 10 to 12 students volunteered at each event. A sample menu might include a Southwestern salad with black beans, corn, and tomatoes, along with turkey chili and cornbread. Going beyond providing a meal, the volunteers often add excitement by inviting special guests. Ben Wallace, formerly of the Detroit Pistons, recently regaled the crowd with stories of his years on the court.
Expecting to earn his undergraduate business degree in finance and real estate in 2015, University of Michigan student Josh Shandell has received many awards for his academic achievements. Among the awards Josh Shandell has earned is the Paton Scholarship.
An important part of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, the Paton Accounting Center honors one of the school’s all-time most notable faculty members. Named the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Accounting Educator of the Century, William A. Paton is responsible for establishing the University of Michigan’s accounting program. In recognition of his legacy, the school launched the Paton Accounting Center, which oversees the institution’s teaching and research endeavors in accounting.
A crucial part of this organization’s mission is The William A. Paton Fund for Accounting Scholarships and Fellowships, commonly referred to as the Paton Scholarship Fund. A permanently endowed award since 1955, it provides financial assistance to remarkable undergraduate and graduate students of the Ross School of Business. Those who receive this honor gain greater access to the school’s master of business administration program, entry to the Ernst and Young Public Policy Symposium, and the opportunity to join the Ross Leadership Initiative. A respected initiative, the Paton Scholarship Fund has seen nearly 90% of its winners obtain full-time job offers by the time they graduate.