Zac Ciullo is recipient of second post-graduate scholarship
Letterwinners M Club president Mary Petrovich (M softball '85) announced that former University of Michigan football player Zac Ciullo is the recipient of the Letterwinner M Club's second post-graduate scholarship, in the amount of $10,000.
Former Michigan women's track and field and cross country athlete Arianne Field, currently pursuing her MBA at Columbia Business School, received the club's first post-graduate scholarship last year.
"I was shocked to learn that I was to receive the scholarship," said Ciullo, a graduate of Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Michigan, "especially after learning how many former Michigan athletes had applied, and the amazing schools and programs to which they'd been accepted. I can't thank the Letterwinners M Club enough for easing my financial burden as I pursue law career."
From the age of three, when he attended his first Michigan football game, Ciullo yearned to be a Wolverine. His father, mother, brother and sister all attended Michigan undergrad before him. His father also received his MD from U-M. Towards the end of his senior year at Brother Rice, he was accepted to Michigan's honors college and offered a preferred walk-on position on the football team.
"My greatest dream had come true," said Ciullo.
He earned his M varsity letter his senior year, during which he served as a game captain for the Michigan-Michigan State game. He graduated with honors in psychology, and his senior thesis was on the positive effects exercise could have on adolescents with depression.
While at Michigan, he was a member of the Academic Judiciary Committee, Student Athlete Advisory Council, and the committee for major donations and fundraising for Mock Rock. He also co-founded and captained the football team's first Relay for Life team, and participated in a service trip to Kenya with SALSC (Student Athletes Leading Social Change), where he helped build a school for the Sikirar Village.
Michigan Law. Marriage. Moving to Cleveland.
Ciullo will be married in July 2014. His wife-to-be recently completed her first year at Case Western Dental School in Cleveland. They plant to move to that foreign land sounth of Michigan after Ciullo graduates from the Michigan Law School in December 2013.
For the summer of 2013, Ciullo will work at Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland as a summer associate. He's interested in practicing labor/employment law, complex commercial litigation (federal antitrust and mass torts/product liability), and Constitutional law. He hopes to establish his career as a litigator, doing both trial and appellate work, and to use his legal skills to help those in need through extensive pro bono work.
Ciullo's long-term professional goal? "To be a Federal District Court judge, and hopefully to teach law."