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449th Bombardment Wing Scholarship

449th-bombardment-wing-patchThis scholarship was established by the officers, men and civilian employees of the 449th Bombardment Wing of Kincheloe Air Force Base upon its deactivation due to the base closing in 1977. The friendships and mutual supportive efforts between the men and women of the 449th and the residents of the Eastern Upper Peninsula have been strong and has played a very important part in the area’s history and in the history of the Strategic Air Command. Selection is merit based and is awarded to an entering freshman who is a graduate of a Chippewa, Luce or Mackinac County high school.

ADD Software Scholarship

addAnthony Dulimba, a 1995 LSSU graduate with degrees in automated manufacturing engineering technology, computer engineering, and electrical engineering technology founded ADD Software LLC in 2007. He established this scholarship to assist students in the career that has been so beneficial to him and to give back to the university by providing opportunities for engineering students to continue their studies at LSSU. Successful candidates must be a full-time junior status student with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in electrical engineering or computer engineering with preference given to those in the robotics program.

Alana Eitrem Memorial Endowed Fund

eitrem-alanaFamily and friends established this award in memory of Alana “Chicky” Eitrem, an LSSU nursing student from 1984-86. She was a second-year pre-nursing student who was tragically killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in 1986. Mary Jo Meehan, LSSU professor, described Alana as a “personable young woman. She made a lasting impression on all who knew her. She chose a career in nursing so that she could help others. Her kindness came through in everything she did.” The scholarship recipient is recommended by the LSSU nursing faculty. Successful candidates must be a graduate of a Chippewa County high school and possess the same characteristic qualities as Alana.

Amy Ignatowski Memorial Award

amy-ignatowskiAmy possessed a very outgoing personality and wore a perpetual smile that could light up a room. Having grown up in Sault Ste. Marie, LSSU was a natural college choice for her. While attending, she became a member of Alpha Theta Omega sorority before her enlistment in the United States Coast Guard. In the USCG, her assignments included WAGB-11 Polar Sea, aboard which she crossed the Arctic Circle, earning her “Blue Nose” certificate. She served briefly at USCG Air Station Humboldt Bay before attending A-School at Elizabeth City, NC for Aircraft Maintenance Technician training. The warm climate and Amy’s desire to fly in the HH-65 Helicopter influenced her choice of Corpus Christi, Texas. She was working on earning her wings at the time of her death in May 2008. Air Station Corpus Christi Command saw fit to award Amy her wings posthumously, giving her the title of Petty Officer Amy Lynn Ignatowski, AMT3. Successful candidates must be an active U.S. Coast Guard member, Coast Guard Reservist or their dependent from USCG Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Andersen Family Engineering Scholarship

bob-andersenThe named scholarship is established by Robert Andersen, a retired engineering supervisor from Continental (Teves) Automotive Systems who is a strong supporter of LSSU and its engineering program. In 2004, he received the Donald & Catherine Finlayson Award that is presented to an individual who has enjoyed success in their profession and community, and who is a strong advocate of the University. Successful candidates may be an incoming freshman or returning student who is majoring in any engineering-related course of study with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU Engineering faculty.

Angela Coullard Memorial Scholarship

acoullardThis scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman who is a Sault Area High School graduate and has participated in a Sault Area High School athletic program for at least two seasons and has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA. Angela (1990-2005) May was a kind-hearted, gentle soul who found beauty in all people and things. Angela was not one to ever seek the limelight or boast of her accomplishments. Angela always gave 110 percent and excelled at many things. She was a straight-A student, a gifted artist who loved to sketch and draw, and an outstanding athlete. Her passion was swimming and being a member of the swim team for Sault Area High School. Just before her passing, she placed fourth in the UP finals in the 100M butterfly and helped her team take the gold in 400M freestyle relay and silver in the 200M freestyle relay, setting a school record in both events.

Anglers of the Au Sable Fisheries Scholarship

anglers_of_the_ausableThe Anglers of the Au Sable mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the Au Sable River system for future generations of fly fishers. The Anglers of the Au Sable is much more than a fishing club. The organization’s activities are driven by issues affecting the greater Au Sable ecosystem. Successful candidates must be a Michigan resident of senior status majoring in the Fisheries and Wildlife Management program, with a focus on fisheries, and who has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences faculty.

Arfstrom-Fyvie Family Scholarship

sealRobert R. Arfstrom established this scholarship to honor his family and the family of his late wife, Bonnie (Fyvie). As strong advocates of education and community involvement, Bob believes, “We are truly blessed as a community to have a University in our midst. LSSU is the lifeblood of our region and provides opportunities for our citizens from education to culture to athletics.” Successful candidates must be a student majoring in a health science program with a minimum 3.0 GPA and has successfully completed the Sault Area High School Health Science program.

Bethel Lodge #358 Free & Accepted Masons of Michigan Scholarship

freemasonsThis scholarship was established by members of the Bethel Lodge No. 358, Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Successful candidates must be a Michigan resident majoring in any course of study with a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be a child, step-child, or grandchild of a member of a Lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan.

Bill and Diana Munsell Endowed Scholarship

bill-diana-munsel_webThis scholarship was established to honor LSSU Emeritus Staff member Bill Munsell who served as LSSU’s first Financial Aid Director from 1967 until his retirement in 1998.  For more than 28 years, Bill served as a Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan City Commissioner. In addition to being a long-time supporter of LSSU and giving of his time as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Bill also serves on many local boards in support of the area community: Sault Lions Club, I-500, and UP Board of Realtors to name a few. In 2008, he received the LSSU Outstanding Alumni Award. Bill met his wife, Diana (Metrish), while a student at LSSU. She was a dorm supervisor at Osborn Hall from 1970-1974. She taught mathematics at the Sault Area High School for over 32 years until her retirement in 2002. Successful candidates must be graduates of any public high school in Chippewa, Mackinac, or Luce Counties on the basis of their high school GPA, ACT score and class rank.

Athletics

Gus Macker Basketball Scholarship

gusEstablished in 1993 by the Sault Ste. Marie Gus Macker Committee, this scholarship is awarded to an entering LSSU freshman who resides and is a high school graduate from the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The student must demonstrate academic excellence and civic and school commitment.

Chris Yanni Memorial Scholarship

cyanniThis award was established in memory of Chris Yanni, who had a strong interest in outdoor recreational activities and a concern for the protection of natural resources. Chris was a strong advocate for athletics and the virtues of clean, healthy living. The recipient for this scholarship must be one of the top-seven runners of the LSSU men’s cross country team who has made significant contributions to the success of the LSSU cross country program.

Gil Somes Endowed Award

gsomesThis named endowment was established to honor Gil Somes, a man who was part of Laker Athletics for over 20 years. Starting in 1981 and until his retirement in 1994, Gil worked as the equipment manager for Laker Athletics. He was with the Lakers through each of their three NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) titles in 1988, 1992, and 1994. Recipients must be a full-time student in any degree curriculum working as a student equipment manager or student athletic trainer with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Athletic Director and Coaching Staff.

Dr. Harry Pike Endowed Scholarship

pike-harryDr. Harry Pike started his career at LSSC as Dean of Students in July 1969 and served in various administrative capacities retiring in April 1997. His steady support of Athletics as a vital cog in the student-service operations at LSSU, coupled with his 28 years of service to the University is testimony in naming a merit-based athletic scholarship in his honor. This scholarship selection is based on a recommendation from the LSSU athletic department.

Ruth M. Norvell Endowment Fund

rnorvellRuth Norvell was a great friend and supporter of Lake Superior State University. She was a volunteer and contributor to more than a dozen local organizations and a personal friend and advisor to a generation of Laker hockey players. She had a generous heart and tremendous Italian pride. Employed at Lake State from 1980 until her retirement in 1995, Ruth continued to give back to LSSU and to her community with her financial support and of her time. Prior to her death in March 2002, Ruth and her husband, Henry established this endowment to benefit a hockey walk-on or partially funded student-athlete who has been accepted as a member of the Laker hockey team.

Arts & Letters

Neil and Dolly Isham Scholarship

ishamsThe named scholarship is established by Michael N. Isham ’77 to honor his parents, Neil and Dolly.  Though neither graduated from high school until they were in their 40’s, Neil and Dolly Isham are hard working people who prize literacy and instilled a sense of life’s curiosity and love of reading in each of their five sons.   Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman who is a graduate of a Michigan high school majoring in any course of study in the College of Arts and Sciences, and who has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Carl & Bernitta Burtt Scholarship

carlbernittaburttThis named scholarship was established by the children of Carl and Bernitta Burtt in honor of their parents to benefit a student majoring in any course of study in the College of Arts & Letters.  Carl dropped out of school at the age of twelve in order to support his 12 brothers and sisters. Although he was unable to complete his own education, he always maintained the value of a good education. He married the former Bernitta Wilcox in 1944 and they had six children. Though she also did not finish high school, Bernitta valued education and vowed that all of her children would complete high school and support their efforts to attend college. Recipients must be of sophomore status with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

Biological Sciences

The Mary Lubs and Viggo Thomsen Endowed Scholarship

sealThis named endowment was established by Mary Lubs Thomsen through an estate gift to honor her late husband, Viggo. Both were long-time residents of Sault Ste. Marie and former employees of the University. Mary was Director of Public Relations and Viggo served for 27 years as a faculty member of the Biology Department. The scholarship provides financial assistance to LSSU students majoring in the biological sciences, pre-pharmacy, pre-medical and/or pre-dental programs.

Galen H. Harrison Pickford Scholarship

sealThis scholarship was established in 2001 by LSSU Professor Emeritus Galen Harrison to provide a tuition scholarship to a math and computer science major. Professor Harrison taught at Lake Superior State from 1963 until his retirement in 1996. Awarded to an incoming freshman, selection is based on a minimum 3.0 GPA, class rank and ACT score.

Margaret Haag Endowed Scholarship

margaret-haagMargaret Haag was an instructor in the Chemistry and Biology Departments at Lake Superior State University. Recipients must be a student tutor at the LSSU Learning Center who has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and has successfully completed each course they wish to tutor with a minimum “B” grade or better. They must possess excellent interpersonal communication skills and a desire to help students succeed academically. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Learning Center staff selection committee.

Edward and Jill Smith Scholarship

Edward and Jill SmithEdward Smith is a physician who has been practicing in St. Ignace, Michigan since 1986. He is a Lake Superior State alumnus who received his MD Degree from Michigan State University and completed a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Currently he provides care for patients with cancer and blood disorders in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. Jill is a registered nurse and a graduate of Grand Rapids Junior College. She is an Oncology Nurse at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace, Michigan. The Edward and Jill Smith Scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled in a LSSU pre-med concentration program with at least 56 LSSU credits and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Robert J. McEnroe Science Award

sealThe named award is established by Robert J. McEnroe, a 1975 alum who is grateful for the education he received at Lake Superior State University and wished to give back to the students majoring in science.  Successful candidates must be from the Michigan Upper Peninsula majoring in Biology or Chemistry.

Business

Robert W. Considine Community Scholarship Fund

rwc_photoRobert Considine is a native of Trout Lake, Michigan and attended the Rudyard Area Schools.  He is a U.S. Navy veteran and lived in the Detroit Area following his service in Korea.  His electrical engineering background was applied during a successful career in the automotive industry.  Mr. Considine is an advocate of acquiring technical skills accompanied with a strong work ethic.  These are qualities that proved valuable to him in reaching his goals.  Successful candidates must be a graduate of Rudyard High School with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and a 21 ACT score majoring in any program in the Colleges of Business & Professional Studies, Health Professions and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.  If there is no eligible candidate, a student who is a graduate of a Chippewa County high school may be considered. Preference is given to those with financial need

Lisa Tetzlaff and Sherry Demaray Nursing & Accounting Scholarship

lssubrooksdavidson_webSherry Demaray graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s of accounting and an MBA. She is a past president of the LSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and has served on various committees for the Alumni Association and LSSU Foundation. Her daughter, Lisa, RN graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s degree of nursing. She worked as an emergency room nurse at War Memorial Hospital before continuing her education at the University of Delaware to obtain a MSN/NP. This named scholarship was established to honor Lisa’s extraordinary accomplishments and to recognize the generosity of the scholarship donors who provided her financial assistance. Successful candidates must be a student of junior status with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in the LSSU nursing or accounting program.

Daune Weiss Memorial Scholarship

dweissThis scholarship was established in 2000 in memory of Daune Weiss, a prominent Gaylord businesswoman who was tragically killed in a plane crash in October 2000. Just prior to her death, Daune was appointed to the LSSU Foundation Board of Directors. She was instrumental in establishing the Lake State Golf Classic and had contributed greatly to its planning and success. Successful candidates must be residents of Otsego and Mackinac Counties majoring in Elementary/Secondary Education or Business who has earned at least 26 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Judson (Bucky) Swart Soo Lions Club Memorial Scholarship

swartJudson (Bucky) Swart was a lifetime resident of Sault Ste. Marie. He was a career banker working for Huntington Bank (formerly Sault Bank) for 35 years. A strong supporter of his community, Bucky gave much of his time to help others. With the financial support of friends, family and the Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club, of which Bucky was an active member, a scholarship was established in 1999. Awarded to a graduating senior of any high school in Chippewa, Luce or Mackinac Counties, recipients must be a major in any program of the Lukenda School of Business. Selection is based on high school GPA, ACT, and class rank.

Madan Saluja Endowed Scholarship

madan-saluja-4191This scholarship was established by alumni and friends to honor LSSU faculty member, Dr. Madan Saluja. Having taught at LSSU for more than 40 years, Dr. Madan Saluja is well known for his courses’ rigor and his personal high expectations of students. Saluja was instrumental in establishing the School of Business/Lambda Scholarship and has helped raise more than $225,000 to support the endowment. A native of India, he was the captain of the track and field team and held a long distance running record at his alma mater Delhi University. Successful candidates must be a member of the LSSU Track or Cross Country athletic team with a preference to students who are pursuing a degree in Business with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation from the LSSU Athletic Director, track & cross-country coaches and a member of the School of Business faculty.

Chemistry

Galen H. Harrison Pickford Scholarship

sealThis scholarship was established in 2001 by LSSU Professor Emeritus Galen Harrison to provide a tuition scholarship to a math and computer science major. Professor Harrison taught at Lake Superior State from 1963 until his retirement in 1996. Awarded to an incoming freshman, selection is based on a minimum 3.0 GPA, class rank and ACT score.

Timothy A. Farmer Science Scholarship

farmerDr. Timothy A. Farmer established this scholarship in 2012 to benefit students majoring in one of the physical sciences programs at Lake Superior State University. A 1979 LSSU graduate, Dr. Farmer went on to earn Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the Ohio State University. His career was spent in higher education, holding faculty positions at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Missouri-St. Louis. In 2010, Dr. Farmer received the LSSU Kenneth J. Shouldice Award that honors alumni for their personal and professional achievements. Successful candidates must be a student of at least sophomore status majoring in Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science or Geology with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Margaret Haag Endowed Scholarship

margaret-haagMargaret Haag was an instructor in the Chemistry and Biology Departments at Lake Superior State University. Recipients must be a student tutor at the LSSU Learning Center who has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and has successfully completed each course they wish to tutor with a minimum “B” grade or better. They must possess excellent interpersonal communication skills and a desire to help students succeed academically. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Learning Center staff selection committee.

John Lehman Chemistry Scholarship

jlehmanThe named scholarship is established by John Lehman to benefit qualified students entering into Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry baccalaureate degree programs at LSSU. Professor Lehman was a long-time faculty member who taught at Lake State from 1966 until his retirement in 2001.

Robert J. McEnroe Science Award

sealThe named award is established by Robert J. McEnroe, a 1975 alum who is grateful for the education he received at Lake Superior State University and wished to give back to the students majoring in science.  Successful candidates must be from the Michigan Upper Peninsula majoring in Biology or Chemistry.

Criminal Justice

Harold Weiss Memorial Scholarship

weiss-haroldHarold Weiss was a retired member of the Michigan State Police where he served as a trooper, fire marshal officer, and detective. He served at various posts throughout Michigan, with his final post being St. Ignace. Harold was very supportive of LSSU and several of his children and grandchildren attended the University. Recipients must be a criminal justice major from Michigan who have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

John Weir (Sault Police Department) Memorial Scholarship

john_weirEstablished in recognition of John Weir, a police officer who served with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department for nineteen years. On September 23, 1990, Mr. Weir responded to a call that involved a man threatening others with a knife and was stabbed resulting in injuries that left him in a coma for several months. After coming out of the coma, Detective Weir remained partially paralyzed until his death on November 7, 2004. The Sault Police Department established a golf outing fundraiser to assist the family with their expenses while caring for Detective Weir and now wish to honor his memory. Successful candidates must be a graduate from the LSSU Criminal Justice Program and a current MCOLES academy cadet who has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrates outstanding citizenship. Preference may be given to candidates who are the first to attend a university in their family.

Education

John O. Ramsey Scholarship

ramsey5x7John Ramsey, a long time resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, established this named endowment through a bequest provision in his trust. John was a graduate of Sault Area High School and earned a degree in pharmacy at the University of Michigan. He was the War Memorial Hospital pharmacist for many years and also serviced other pharmacies in Sault Ste Marie and throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Mr. Ramsey served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was a navigator with the 493rd Bomb Group in England and flew 33 missions over Germany. After the war he was in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Successful candidates must be a resident of Chippewa County who is majoring in elementary or secondary education, nursing or pre-pharmacy with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Dr. Louis and Mae Lukenda Scholarship

lukenda_portraitDr. Lou Lukenda attended LSSU from 1948-1950 before completing the academic requirements for a doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Toronto. His fondness for LSSU has remained strong through the years. He was the recipient of LSSU’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1983, and he served on the LSSU Foundation’s board of directors from 1987-2005. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University in 2007. In May 2001, when Lukenda Alumni House was established at LSSU, Lukenda remarked, “My central interests in life over the years…have been in education and health.” It is in this spirit that the Lukenda’s established this scholarship. Successful candidates must be a graduate of an Ontario, Canada high school with 26 LSSU credits and minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to students who are majoring in nursing, pre-medical, pre-dentistry, or elementary-secondary education programs.

Donald and Arlyce Ausdemore Scholarship

sealThis scholarship endowment was established in 2015 to provide financial assistance to a Sault Area High School student majoring in the Education or Fisheries & Wildlife program at Lake Superior State University. Don and Arlyce devoted their teaching careers to the Sault Area Public Schools. Originally from a Nebraska farming community, they moved to Sault Ste Marie and fell in love with the area and all it had to offer. They have one son, Brian, who graduated from Sault Area High School and Lake Superior State University. The Ausdemore’s understand the importance of a good education and the need to preserve the Sault Ste. Marie area for future generations. Successful candidates must be a graduate of Sault Area High School majoring in Education or the Fisheries & Wildlife Program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

W. Gordon & Adela J. Wilman Scholarship

wilmansA long-time Sault resident and world traveler, Gordon Wilman wished to fulfill a request of his beloved wife of 61 years, Adela, who passed away in July 2007. It was always Adela’s desire to help local students who dreamed of being a teacher. One of their proudest moments was to see granddaughter Julie graduate from LSSU in 2007. To fulfill her wish, Gordon established an annual scholarship in 2008 and upon his passing in 2013, his trust designated that a permanent endowment be established to continue his wife’s wish and create a lasting legacy. Eligible candidates must be an incoming freshman from Sault Area High School pursuing a degree in teaching with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Robert O. Wallis – CMARSP Scholarship

wallisRobert O. Wallis was an educator for over 30 years, having served 28 years with the Sault Area Public School system as a teacher, coach, athletic director and principal. Following his retirement, he became active with both the local chapter and state organization of the Chippewa-Mackinac Area Retired School Personnel (CMARSP) and served 10 years on the state board of directors. The CMARSP chapter is an association of retired public school and state university personnel whose purpose is to promote social, professional, and general welfare of retired school employees. Scholarship recipients must be a Chippewa or Mackinac County resident pursuing a profession in the field of teaching with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Engineering & Technology

Robert W. Considine Community Scholarship Fund

rwc_photoRobert Considine is a native of Trout Lake, Michigan and attended the Rudyard Area Schools.  He is a U.S. Navy veteran and lived in the Detroit Area following his service in Korea.  His electrical engineering background was applied during a successful career in the automotive industry.  Mr. Considine is an advocate of acquiring technical skills accompanied with a strong work ethic.  These are qualities that proved valuable to him in reaching his goals.  Successful candidates must be a graduate of Rudyard High School with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and a 21 ACT score majoring in any program in the Colleges of Business & Professional Studies, Health Professions and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.  If there is no eligible candidate, a student who is a graduate of a Chippewa County high school may be considered. Preference is given to those with financial need

Marvin & Audrey Dahlman Engineering Scholarship Endowment

marvin_and_audrey_dahlman_2007Marv Dahlman was a member of the LSSU Engineering faculty for 33 years. He began his teaching career in 1952 at what was then the Sault Branch of Michigan Tech. He retired as an Associate Professor from Lake Superior State University in 1985, and was named a Professor Emeritus. Audrey and Marvin were married for 68 years and raised their three children on LSSU’s Faculty Row, where they developed lifelong friendships and an abiding affection for the University. Audrey was employed at Sault Savings Bank, from which she retired as an Assistant Vice-President. She also enjoyed volunteer work, in support of her children’s school activities, the Faith Lutheran Church and University. Successful candidates must be a student majoring in any engineering field at LSSU with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.

Floyd & Joyce Starks Memorial Scholarship

floydjoycestarks_colorThis scholarship was established by Stan Starks, a 1976 LSSU Engineering graduate in memory of his parents. The Starks were average hard working folks who never had the opportunity to go to college. Nonetheless, they were strong believers in higher education. They were very familiar with Lake Superior State and the Sault from numerous summer vacations. Insistent that their two sons get a college education, they made numerous sacrifices and they were very proud that their sons graduated from LSSU. Successful candidates must be a student majoring in the electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, or computer engineering field of study who has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA with selection based on the LSSU Engineering faculty recommendation.

Charles H. (Charlie) Snyder IAB Engineering & Technology

csnyderEstablished to provide financial assistance and recognition to students entering LSSU in engineering and technology majors, this endowment is named in memory of Charlie Snyder of Delco Electronics. Charlie’s years of leadership on the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) and unsurpassed contributions to the LSSU engineering program and its students left an indelible mark. Charlie had an infectious enthusiasm and brought skill, experience and understanding to LSSU senior project students. Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman or transfer student majoring in engineering or engineering technology with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Incoming freshmen must have a minimum 22 ACT score. Selection is based on the recommendation of the School of Engineering & Technology faculty.

LSSU Robotics & FIRST Scholarship

lssu_logoThis scholarship was created by the LSSU Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) and funded through a special fund-raising drive. Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman pursuing an undergraduate engineering education and have demonstrated academic success and interest in the robotics specialty curriculum.

English & Communication

Peter C. Gianakura Journalism Scholarship

pgianakuraThis endowment was established by Catherine Gianakura Rogg to honor her father, Peter. Longing for a career as a photojournalist, Peter was unable to pursue his education due to his commitment to his father’s business, The American Café, and his family. Upon retirement from the restaurant business, Peter is very active in the LSSU Elders program and is fulfilling his intellectual curiosity and previous aspirations of a formal education through this lifelong learning program. The scholarship is to be granted annually to a student who is seeking a career in Journalism, with particular interest in being a reporter.

Marion Strahl Boyer Scholarship

strahboyerThis scholarship was established to share Marion’s strong appreciation for the English language with the hope that students receiving the scholarship will develop a similar love for the language. Successful candidates must be a non-traditional student majoring in English or pursuing a teaching degree with an English minor and has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Marion Strahl Boyer (1915-2014) was a student of Ansel Adams and became one of the first female photographers hired by Life Magazine.  After WWII, she spent 12 years in the Panama Canal Zone, returning to the Upper Peninsula in 1959, when she attended Northern Michigan University. From 1960 until 1970, she was a photographer and journalist for the Sault Evening News. In 1970, convinced that new journalists were not getting proper training, she renewed her teaching certification and began teaching English and Journalism at the Sault Area High School until her retirement in 1980. Marion then spent her remaining years involved in the arts community, continuing her photography, printmaking, and becoming an award winning stained glass artist.

Fine Arts

Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship

sealThis endowment was established to assist students who wish to pursue a degree in the LSSU Fine and Performing Arts program. Recipients may major in one or more of the Fine Arts disciplines with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Fire Science

Stephen (Steve) Bell Memorial Scholarship

sbellThe named scholarship is established by friends and family of Steve Bell, a graduate of the LSSU criminal justice program. In 1994 he was hired as a public safety officer in Bloomfield Hills. Rick Mattot, a fellow public safety officer, encouraged Steve to join the Lapeer City fire department to obtain more fire experience. Steve grew to love firefighting and working for the Lapeer City Fire Department. On the day he died, Steve had just completed a 24-hour shift. He died at the scene of an automobile accident in  February 2003 at the age of 33. Recipients must be of sophomore status majoring in the fire science program with a minimum 3.0 and based on the recommendation of the LSSU Fire Science faculty.

Fisheries & Wildlife

Detroit Area Steelheaders Fisheries Scholarship

DAS logoThe Detroit Area Steelheaders is a non-profit fishing club established in 1974. The club is dedicated to the protection and promotion of trout, salmon and other fisheries in the Great Lakes Region by teaching, informing and guiding the public to respect and appreciate the Great Lakes, rivers, and land around us. Successful candidates must be a student of at least sophomore status majoring in the LSSU Biology or Fisheries and Wildlife Management program, with a focus on fisheries who is a Michigan resident with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Gilbert & Maxine Gleason Fisheries and Wildlife Scholarship

gleason-gilbertProfessor Emeritus Gilbert Gleason taught and advised in the Biological Science Department for 28 years. The first teacher of biology at Michigan College of Mining & Technology – Sault Branch, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Natural Wildlife History Museum located in Crawford Hall of LSSU. His life was devoted to his students and his love for the outdoors. His wife Maxine, also a devoted educator, taught fourth grade in the Sault Public School system for 30 years. It was their wish to provide assistance to those with the appreciation for the outdoor environment. Successful candidates must complete two years or 56 credits in the fisheries and wildlife program with a GPA of 3.0.

Donald and Arlyce Ausdemore Scholarship

sealThis scholarship endowment was established in 2015 to provide financial assistance to a Sault Area High School student majoring in the Education or Fisheries & Wildlife program at Lake Superior State University. Don and Arlyce devoted their teaching careers to the Sault Area Public Schools. Originally from a Nebraska farming community, they moved to Sault Ste Marie and fell in love with the area and all it had to offer. They have one son, Brian, who graduated from Sault Area High School and Lake Superior State University. The Ausdemore’s understand the importance of a good education and the need to preserve the Sault Ste. Marie area for future generations. Successful candidates must be a graduate of Sault Area High School majoring in Education or the Fisheries & Wildlife Program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Izaak Walton Lock City Chapter Scholarship

izaak-walton-league-logoThis scholarship was established to ensure the mission of the Izaak Walton League “to save outdoor America for future generations.” Named after Izaak Walton, the 17th century English angler-conservationist who wrote the literary classic “The Compleat Angler” which serves as a constant reminder of their mission. Today the League’s 50,000 members fight to protect the nation’s soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife. During the 1960s and 1970s the League launched the Save Our Streams program and broke the political ground necessary for passage of the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act. The scholarship recipient must be a Sault High graduate majoring in the fisheries and wildlife management program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Wendy J Sak Memorial Fisheries &Wildlife Award

wendysak2This named annual scholarship was established to honor the memory of LSSU alumna Wendy Sak, who was killed at the age of 35 as a result of a tragic auto accident in May 2012. Wendy was a 1998 LSSU cum laude, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Management with a minor in Law Enforcement. While earning her degree at LSSU, Wendy was an integral part in the formation of the LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club. Wendy will be forever remembered as having a love for life, love for her family and friends, and love for Lake Superior State University. Successful candidates must be at least sophomore status with a minimum 2.5 GPA and an active LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club member. Selection is based on the recommendation of the biological science faculty.

Geology & Physical Sciences

C. Ernest Kemp Endowed Scholarship

kemp-ernieFounded in 1946 by Professor Emeritus C. Ernest Kemp, the Geology Club is considered one of the oldest established clubs at the University. The club’s purpose is to foster personal and professional growth through geology-related activities. Established in 1982, the scholarship is funded by proceeds from the sale of a geology lab manual written by Professor Lew Brown and LSSU geology students.

John Kalesky Memorial Endowed Scholarship

kaleskyThis scholarship was established by Elizabeth Kalesky in memory of her son, John Kalesky, a 1985 LSSU geology alumnus. In 1987, he was a recipient of the prestigious American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation Grant-in-aid for pursuit of graduate studies. Only 74 such grants were awarded nationwide. John was a very creative thinker, highly inquisitive, and always aggressively wanting action and results. He worked hard and took his coursework very seriously and he also enjoyed life to the fullest. At the time of his death in 1989, he was employed with Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas. Awarded to an entering freshman majoring in geology, the recipient must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher with selection based on ACT score and class rank.

LSSU Geology Club Scholarship

sealFounded in 1946 by Professor Emeritus C. Ernest Kemp, the Geology Club is considered one of the oldest established clubs at the University. The club’s purpose is to foster personal and professional growth through geology-related activities. Established in 1982, the scholarship is funded by proceeds from the sale of a geology lab manual written by Professor Lew Brown and LSSU geology students.

Norma & Weldon Fritch Memorial Scholarship

normaweldonfritchThis named scholarship is established by Dr. Todd G. Fritch (’93) and his wife Jennifer to honor Todd’s grandparents, Norma and Weldon, for their loving guidance and financial support while he attended college at LSSU. Although neither attended college, both recognized the importance of education and instilled at an early age a commitment toward earning a college degree. Having visited LSSU many times, both Norma and Weldon were strongly supportive and appreciative of the personalized learning environment provided by the University. This scholarship benefits a LSSU geology or natural science major with at least 56 LSSU credits and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Galen H. Harrison Pickford Scholarship

sealThis scholarship was established in 2001 by LSSU Professor Emeritus Galen Harrison to provide a tuition scholarship to a math and computer science major. Professor Harrison taught at Lake Superior State from 1963 until his retirement in 1996. Awarded to an incoming freshman, selection is based on a minimum 3.0 GPA, class rank and ACT score.

Health Sciences

John O. Ramsey Scholarship

ramsey5x7John Ramsey, a long time resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, established this named endowment through a bequest provision in his trust. John was a graduate of Sault Area High School and earned a degree in pharmacy at the University of Michigan. He was the War Memorial Hospital pharmacist for many years and also serviced other pharmacies in Sault Ste Marie and throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Mr. Ramsey served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was a navigator with the 493rd Bomb Group in England and flew 33 missions over Germany. After the war he was in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Successful candidates must be a resident of Chippewa County who is majoring in elementary or secondary education, nursing or pre-pharmacy with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Robert W. Considine Community Scholarship Fund

rwc_photoRobert Considine is a native of Trout Lake, Michigan and attended the Rudyard Area Schools.  He is a U.S. Navy veteran and lived in the Detroit Area following his service in Korea.  His electrical engineering background was applied during a successful career in the automotive industry.  Mr. Considine is an advocate of acquiring technical skills accompanied with a strong work ethic.  These are qualities that proved valuable to him in reaching his goals.  Successful candidates must be a graduate of Rudyard High School with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and a 21 ACT score majoring in any program in the Colleges of Business & Professional Studies, Health Professions and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.  If there is no eligible candidate, a student who is a graduate of a Chippewa County high school may be considered. Preference is given to those with financial need

Lisa Tetzlaff and Sherry Demaray Nursing & Accounting Scholarship

lssubrooksdavidson_webSherry Demaray graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s of accounting and an MBA. She is a past president of the LSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and has served on various committees for the Alumni Association and LSSU Foundation. Her daughter, Lisa, RN graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s degree of nursing. She worked as an emergency room nurse at War Memorial Hospital before continuing her education at the University of Delaware to obtain a MSN/NP. This named scholarship was established to honor Lisa’s extraordinary accomplishments and to recognize the generosity of the scholarship donors who provided her financial assistance. Successful candidates must be a student of junior status with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in the LSSU nursing or accounting program.

Waybrant Family LPN Scholarship

program_photo_waybrantClifford (Rube) Waybrant of Pickford, Michigan established this scholarship in recognition of the quality of care his wife, Bernice, received in the War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. To him, it was a creative way to thank the nurses. “The nurses have been giving Bernice such great care that I wanted to find a way to show my appreciation. Many of the LPN’s are people who go back to college but find there are very few scholarships available to them”. Successful candidates must be a full-time nursing student enrolled in the LPN program who is a graduate of a Chippewa, Mackinaw or Luce County High School with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU Nursing faculty.

War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

warmemorialThe origin of the War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary dates back to a small group formed in 1903. Beginning with six members, the auxiliary has become a dynamic arm of the hospital, numbering approximately 250 members. Along with providing its many services, the auxiliary formed a Remembrance Fund in 1950 for the purpose of giving interest-free loans to deserving students in the nursing and medical fields. The Auxiliary established this scholarship in 1998 to benefit a nursing student who demonstrates community leadership and a dedication to working in a medical or nursing field. Successful candidates must have at least 26 LSSU credits and is a graduate of a Chippewa County high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

History

Milton Scherer Memorial Endowed Scholarship

mschererThis scholarship was established in memory of Milton Scherer, assistant professor of history and geography, Soo Tech Branch, 1948-1965. As per his wife, Ruth’s request, this scholarship is being offered to students interested in pursuing study for better understanding of our planet, our environment and its relationship to people. Besides his many interests in books, hiking, hunting, and Indian artifacts, Milton was also a naturalist and conservationist. He also served in the 1941-42 Michigan legislature representing the Muskegon district. Successful candidates must be majoring in history with a minor in geography who has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Math & Computer Science

Faculty of Mathematics & Computer Science Scholarship

sealThis scholarship was created in 2006 by the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as a tool to retain highly qualified students at LSSU. Successful recipients must be a major in mathematics or computer science or pursuing a degree in math education with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Robert W. Considine Community Scholarship Fund

rwc_photoRobert Considine is a native of Trout Lake, Michigan and attended the Rudyard Area Schools.  He is a U.S. Navy veteran and lived in the Detroit Area following his service in Korea.  His electrical engineering background was applied during a successful career in the automotive industry.  Mr. Considine is an advocate of acquiring technical skills accompanied with a strong work ethic.  These are qualities that proved valuable to him in reaching his goals.  Successful candidates must be a graduate of Rudyard High School with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and a 21 ACT score majoring in any program in the Colleges of Business & Professional Studies, Health Professions and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.  If there is no eligible candidate, a student who is a graduate of a Chippewa County high school may be considered. Preference is given to those with financial need

Franklin F. and Wanda L. Otis Award

franklin-wanda-otisThis endowed award was established to honor one of the charter faculty of Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology. Frank spent 30 years (1948-1978) as a mathematics professor at Lake State. He was the University’s first faculty athletic representative, serving 12 years during the early development of the Laker athletic program. He was instrumental in the development of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). In 1999, Franklin was posthumously inducted to the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame for his invaluable contributions to the Laker athletic program. Wanda was a homemaker who was very active in her church, the LSSU Faculty Wives’ organization, and a strong supporter of the University and of her husband’s participation in a wide range of University academic and athletic interests. The recipient must be a sophomore mathematics or computer science major with a minimum 3.0 GPA in their major courses.

Galen H. Harrison Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarship

sealThis scholarship was established in 2001 by LSSU Professor Emeritus Galen Harrison to provide a tuition scholarship to a math and computer science major. Professor Harrison taught at Lake Superior State from 1963 until his retirement in 1996. Awarded to an incoming freshman, selection is based on a minimum 3.0 GPA, class rank and ACT score.

Gerald M. Samson Department of Mathematics Scholarship

samsonNamed in honor of LSSU faculty member Gerald Samson, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving computer and mathematical science major. The recipient is nominated and chosen by the mathematics faculty.

Rosa L. Grout Scholarship Fund

grout-rosaA founder of the Chippewa County Employees Credit Union and a longtime Sault High School math teacher, Rosa Grout, enlightened more than 2,000 students on the beauty and precision of math. “I still hear from many of them who thank me for the structure and discipline that geometry instilled into their lives,” she recalled shortly before her death in 2004 at the age of 95. Grout’s spirit of education carries on in the form of a math, science and technical studies scholarship endowment she created in 1992. Successful candidates may major in engineering, engineering technology, mathematics, computer or mathematical science. Selection is based on high school GPA, ACT and class rank.

Georgia G. Gianakura Mathematics in Education Scholarship

ggianakuraThis endowment was established by Catherine Gianakura Rogg to honor her mother, Georgia. At the time of her high school graduation, Georgia was planning to attend Michigan State University to become a mathematics teacher. As she was preparing to move to Lansing, her father became ill. She made the choice to care for her father and attend to the needs of her family. Throughout the years of raising her own family, she often served as a teacher’s aide in mathematics at area elementary schools in Sault Ste. Marie. This scholarship is to be granted annually to a student who is pursuing a degree in Education with a major in Mathematics.

Galen H. Harrison Pickford Scholarship

sealThis scholarship was established in 2001 by LSSU Professor Emeritus Galen Harrison to provide a tuition scholarship to a math and computer science major. Professor Harrison taught at Lake Superior State from 1963 until his retirement in 1996. Awarded to an incoming freshman, selection is based on a minimum 3.0 GPA, class rank and ACT score.

William R. Gregory Scholarship

William R. GregoryThis scholarship was established in honor of William R. Gregory, former president of Edison Sault Electric Company. He has served as a member of the LSSU Board of Trustees and the LSSU Foundation Board. He received LSSU’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 1986. Former LSSU President Robert Arbuckle once stated, “Bill Gregory has actively supported the University with his talent and treasure for over 25 years. No one in this region is more devoted to Lake State.” Successful candidates must be a junior majoring in engineering, mathematics, business, biology or fisheries and wildlife management with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Michael Della-Moretta Memorial Scholarship

Michael Della-MorettaThis scholarship honors Michael Della-Moretta, a 1977 alumnus and Navy pilot killed in 1981 while serving aboard the USS Independence off the coast of Iran. He once said the happiest years of his life were at Lake Superior State University. The award is given to an Eastern U.P. resident with an interest in biological science or lab science major (including math and computer science) who has achieved academic excellence.

Natural Resources Technology

Christopher Reinke Endowment Award

reinke-christopherThis endowment was established by family and friends in memory of Chris Reinke, a natural resources technology (NRT) student, 1986-88. Chris was known as a free-spirited, independent young man who had a great love for the outdoors. It was because of his love for the woods and water that he chose the natural resources program at LSSU. His untimely death in 1988 left an indelible mark on Lake State students and to all who knew him. One of his friends, Cindy (Nocerini) Dingell, commented that Chris lived by the old phrase, “live each day like it was your first and every minute like it was your last.” This award assists a sophomore NRT student with a minimum 2.0 GPA who has a sincere dedication to the NRT field. Selection is based on the recommendation of the NRT faculty.

Nursing

John O. Ramsey Scholarship

ramsey5x7John Ramsey, a long time resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, established this named endowment through a bequest provision in his trust. John was a graduate of Sault Area High School and earned a degree in pharmacy at the University of Michigan. He was the War Memorial Hospital pharmacist for many years and also serviced other pharmacies in Sault Ste Marie and throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Mr. Ramsey served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was a navigator with the 493rd Bomb Group in England and flew 33 missions over Germany. After the war he was in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Successful candidates must be a resident of Chippewa County who is majoring in elementary or secondary education, nursing or pre-pharmacy with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Lisa Tetzlaff and Sherry Demaray Nursing & Accounting Scholarship

lssubrooksdavidson_webSherry Demaray graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s of accounting and an MBA. She is a past president of the LSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and has served on various committees for the Alumni Association and LSSU Foundation. Her daughter, Lisa, RN graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s degree of nursing. She worked as an emergency room nurse at War Memorial Hospital before continuing her education at the University of Delaware to obtain a MSN/NP. This named scholarship was established to honor Lisa’s extraordinary accomplishments and to recognize the generosity of the scholarship donors who provided her financial assistance. Successful candidates must be a student of junior status with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in the LSSU nursing or accounting program.

Waybrant Family LPN Scholarship

program_photo_waybrantClifford (Rube) Waybrant of Pickford, Michigan established this scholarship in recognition of the quality of care his wife, Bernice, received in the War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. To him, it was a creative way to thank the nurses. “The nurses have been giving Bernice such great care that I wanted to find a way to show my appreciation. Many of the LPN’s are people who go back to college but find there are very few scholarships available to them”. Successful candidates must be a full-time nursing student enrolled in the LPN program who is a graduate of a Chippewa, Mackinaw or Luce County High School with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU Nursing faculty.

War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

warmemorialThe origin of the War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary dates back to a small group formed in 1903. Beginning with six members, the auxiliary has become a dynamic arm of the hospital, numbering approximately 250 members. Along with providing its many services, the auxiliary formed a Remembrance Fund in 1950 for the purpose of giving interest-free loans to deserving students in the nursing and medical fields. The Auxiliary established this scholarship in 1998 to benefit a nursing student who demonstrates community leadership and a dedication to working in a medical or nursing field. Successful candidates must have at least 26 LSSU credits and is a graduate of a Chippewa County high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

War Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Nursing Scholarship

warmemorialThis scholarship was established and funded by the War Memorial Hospital medical staff to assist eligible students enrolled in the nursing program. Eligible students must be college sophomores or juniors enrolled in the BSN or BSN completion program as full- or part-time students. Recipients must be from the tri-county area, demonstrate financial need and carry a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Political Science

Patrick M. Gagliardi Scholarship

pgagliardiThis scholarship was established in 1999 to honor Patrick M. Gagliardi for his years of service to the 107th District as the State Representative from 1982 – 1999. A 1974 LSSU graduate, Pat received the LSSU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988. Currently, Pat is a legislative consultant for various organizations including LSSU. The scholarship benefits a full-time LSSU student majoring in Political Science who has earned at least 26 credits with a G.P. A. of 3.0 or higher.

Psychology

Donald Hastings Memorial Scholarship

hastings-donaldThis scholarship was established in memory of Donald W. Hastings, assistant professor of psychology from 1971-1973. A graduate of Springfield College and Texas Christian University, Professor Hastings was also the vice president of the faculty senate at LSSU at the time of his death. This scholarship, awarded to a junior psychology major for his or her senior year, is recommended by the LSSU psychology faculty.

Recreation Studies

Christina Comito Memorial Fund

christinacomitoThis named endowment was established in memory of Christina Comito, a 1992 LSSU graduate and Laker women’s basketball player from 1988-1992. She scored over 1,000 points in her Laker basketball career and received the Outstanding Student Award in Exercise Science in 1992. Tragically killed in an automobile accident in October 1995, Christina was a fierce competitor and a standout basketball player. She had a will to succeed both on and off the court. At the time of her death, Christina was a therapist at Henry Ford Hospital and was attending classes to enter medical school. Her named endowment benefits both the women’s basketball program and Christina’s major – exercise science and is awarded annually to the player “who excels in dedication skills, hard work and attitude on the court and in the classroom”. The recipient is selected by the women’s basketball coaching staff, Athletic Director, and the coordinator of the LSSU Exercise Science Program. A plaque, donated by the Comito family, commemorates the recipients and is displayed in the James Norris Center lobby.

James and Jean Boult Scholarship

boultThis scholarship was established through a bequest by Jean Boult upon her death in November 2009. James and Jean Boult were born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie. Jim was a University of Michigan graduate earning a degree in Electrical Engineering. Graduating from MacMurray College in central Illinois, Jean began a teaching career in physical education. Because of Jim’s profession, they lived in many places throughout the country while raising two sons – Paul and Bruce. The Boults retired in 1981 and settled in Brimley, Michigan. The Boults will be remembered as having a strong commitment to family and value education highly. Their scholarship provides financial assistance to a Sault Area High School graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in any of the recreation studies programs.

Russell and Marquetta Bruce Scholarship

marquetta-and-russell-bruceThis scholarship honors Dr. Russell D. Bruce (1931-2012), the first department head of recreational disciplines at LSSU. It is awarded to a Recreation or Exercise Science major at the end of their junior year and based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and volunteer service.  Dr. Bruce was a dedicated successful educator, football coach, avid runner, and active participant in the sport of orienteering. Marquetta, his wife of 59 years, was a teacher/consultant in learning disabilities with the Marquette and Sault Area Public Schools and an accomplished organist.

Joseph and Bonnie Halvorsen Memorial Scholarship

Joseph and Bonnie HalvorsenThe Joseph and Bonnie Halvorsen Memorial Endowment was established by the Halvorsen’s five children to honor their parents and to provide financial assistance to a sophomore LSSU student pursuing a career as a park ranger for the state of Michigan or National Park Service. Joseph and Bonnie were married in 1952 shortly after Halvorsen began his career with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Between 1963 and 1977, Halvorsen managed F. J. McLain State Park in Hancock, Grand Haven State Park, Brimley State Park, and Tahquamenon Falls State Park until his retirement in 1991. Despite all these accomplishments, Halvorsen always felt his advancement was curtailed because he lacked a college degree. He spent the last years of his career training people who would go on to surpass him, always willing to assist and provide advice because of his love and commitment for the job.