On behalf of Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM in Walled Lake, Bob Shuman; Dealer, past president of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and past chair of the 2014 North American Auto Show, donated $50,000 to the Foundation for Excellence (FFE) – Walled Lake Schools on July 22, 2014. The Foundation will fulfill Shuman’s goal of reaching out to students who want to be involved in Walled Lake Schools’ performing arts programs, but need assistance.

“Students learn leadership, team work, collaboration, responsibility and many other essential skills by participating in performing arts programs. My children and thousands of students and families have benefitted greatly over the years from their participation in marching band and various other performing arts opportunities. I am very pleased to be able to offer these opportunities to students who may not have considered them as a result of the financial commitment,” Bob Shuman said.

“Establishment of the Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Performing Arts Student Grant exemplifies our local business community’s commitment to our Walled Lake Schools and further demonstrates an understanding of the integral role our District’s performing arts has in the success and educational achievement of our students,” stated Michelle Bianco, Executive Director for the Foundation.

Initial student grant awards will be issued for the 2015-2016 school year and will continue thereafter on an annual basis. Student application will be rolled out by January, 2015, and awards will be announced May, 2015.

Shuman is the newest member among the Foundation’s 14 volunteer trustees, who share a dedication and passion for increasing and enhancing innovative, educational opportunities within the areas of technology, literacy, leadership and community for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. 

“Bob’s support and insight will enable the Foundation to gain a greater understanding of the business needs within our community and how to best aid our School District in furthering our students’ ability to meet those challenges and be equipped to succeed within our dynamic environment,” stated Chuck Phillipson, Foundation Chairman.