The Ronald “Bud” Cooper Endowed Award is given to student athletes who have earned at a minimum 2.5 GPA and represents each of the Division II women’s and men’s non-fully funded athletic programs – volleyball, tennis, golf, track & field, and cross country. Bud” Cooper spent more than 30 years of his life as an athlete, coach and athletic director at Lake Superior State University. He is one of two men instrumental in establishing the LSSU hockey program and Athletics Hall of Fame. His passion and support of the University as an athlete, coach, athletic director, alumnus and faculty emeritus are unsurpassed. In 2000, the Norris Center gymnasium was named the Ronald “Bud” Cooper Gymnasium to honor Bud for his tremendous support to Laker Athletics and the University.