Lester Booker Jr. is grateful for what Central Michigan gave to him.
Now, he is reciprocating.
Booker, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CMU, is a benefactor of the Chippewa Athletic Fund, has endowed a university scholarship, and is a member of the university’s National Alumni Board.
In January 2020, the Lester Booker Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund for Diversity and Inclusion was established at Central Michigan University. This annual $2,500 scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student who demonstrates an active commitment to the participation of underrepresented communities in educational pursuits.
“I really want to make sure that CMU continues to be a great opportunity for students to come and learn about themselves personally and professionally. I’m a big supporter of the university because of what the university did for me.”
For nearly 20 years, Lester Booker Jr. has been active in promoting diversity & inclusion initiatives for both CMU and the state of Michigan. He’s an accomplished marketing and communications leader with experience in sports administration, public relations, global philanthropy, multicultural and automotive sectors. Booker has accomplished much in his work with CMU, the NBA Detroit Pistons/WNBA Detroit Shock, Ford Motor Company Fund via Campbell Marketing and Communications and most recently General Motors.
Booker, who gives annually to the Chippewa football and men’s and women’s basketball programs, earned his bachelor’s degree with a broadcast/cinematic arts major in 2008 and then earned his master’s in sport administration in 2010.
The vision and mission of the Lester Booker Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund for Diversity & Inclusion is to provide a platform for underrepresented communities to successfully complete their educational pursuits; while learning to respect, appreciate and value each individual at Central Michigan University and participate in bettering the overall campus culture.
“It stands for inclusion and diversity which is something I believe in greatly in terms of providing an equal opportunity for everyone,” he said.
To donate visit https://donate.cmich.edu/campaigns/lester-booker-jr-scholarship/