Four Decades of Giving: A Model Alumna’s Unwavering Support of the U

Twenty-three years after graduating the University of Miami, the ties that drew School of Communication alumna, Jeanne Wolf A.B. ’61, to her alma mater ran deep. That spring of 1984, she established the Jeanne Wolf Scholarship Fund — an award to help make a UM education accessible to a deserving School of Communication student.

Her generosity did not go unreciprocated. The very first recipient of her scholarship, Michael Robin, graduated in 1985 and went on to produce some of Hollywood’s biggest television hits, such as Nip/Tuck and The Closer. Her gift went on to touch the lives of the many scholarship recipients that followed.

Recently, Wolf renewed her pledge to support the scholarship fund in her name for the next 10 years, providing undergraduate students at the School of Communication the resources to complete their degree. As Wolf explains, “I owe a lot to the University of Miami --- the classes and relationships there helped shape me both as a person and a professional.”

“Jeanne is a world famous and much beloved entertainment reporter; razor sharp, witty and a gifted communicator. This scholarship also shows her generous and caring nature. I am grateful to Jeanne for giving back in all the ways she does — she truly is a model alumna,” said Greg Shepherd, dean of the School of Communication.

Along with establishing the scholarship fund, Wolf has also donated her time as a longtime member of the University of Miami’s President’s Council, host committee member of the Canes Film Showcase, and as guest emcee at exclusive alumni movie premieres in Coral Gables, including the special screening of the Gridiron Gang starring UM alumnus Dwayne Johnson in 2006.

This summer, the Alumni Association recognized Wolf’s commitment to the University of Miami at the Regional Alumni Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. The University of Miami presented Wolf with the Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award, given to graduates who demonstrate “continued exemplary service” to the university.