Thanks for supporting UMRA’s grant program

If you have made a financial contribution to UMRA’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees (PDGR) program, thank you for your generous support. If you have not made a gift or would like to give again, it’s easy to make a tax-deductible contribution online.

Or, for information about making a tax-efficient gift from an IRA if you are age 70½ or older, email Lynn Praska, senior planned giving officer, U of M Foundation, or call her at 612-624-4158.

All U of M retirees are eligible to apply for grants

The PDGR program is an annual competition with applications accepted October 1 to December 31. It provides financial support for University retirees to continue scholarship or pursue new projects. Funding of up to $5,000 per grant is available. All retirees from all five campuses within the U of M System are eligible.

Here's where you can learn more about the grant program, including the instructions for applying for 2023 funding. Please consider submitting an application.

If you have questions or suggestions, email John Bantle, M.D., PDGR Committee chair.



The election of UMRA officers and new board members for 2024–25 will be conducted via an online poll from May 13 to 19, with the results to be announced at our annual meeting on May 21. Look for the ballot in your email inbox on May 13. Diane Young has been nominated to be president-elect.