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Bonnie Crabb-Tremblay Memorial Nursing Scholarship

lssucrabbtremblaygradBonnie Crabb-Tremblay was a 1976 graduate of Lake Superior State College, earning degrees in both nursing and psychology. Her love and support for her patients came with many hugs and phenomenal clinical skills. Bonnie earned the respect of her peers and doctors alike as her clinical assessment skills were profoundly accurate. Early on in her career, she was given the title of “The IV Queen”. Bonnie was one that regularly challenged the status quo for the benefit of her patients. That said, she was never boastful, as she knew her biggest gift was the ability to take care of any person in any situation. Her lifelong goal was to make sure the nurses she mentored delivered the most exceptional patient care. In keeping with their mother’s wishes, her family established this named scholarship to recognize a unique, driven, and compassionate nursing student as they pursue their BSN and begin their own life’s journey in a career that Bonnie loved.

Bruce and Marian Huston Family Scholarship

brian-and-marian-hustonBruce and Marian Huston lived in Lewiston, Michigan for more than 60 years. Having always been strong supporters of their local schools, they wanted to offer the opportunity to help the students of the community that supported them throughout their many years in business.  The Hustons always felt that LSSU offered their family a quality education. Two of the Huston’s daughters, Cindy and Susan, graduated from LSSU in the 1970s where they met their husbands Neil Gallaway and Maurice Evans. Cindy and Neil’s two children Tim and Cory and her husband, Kelsey Andersen also graduated from Lake Superior State. In this spirit, the Huston’s established an endowment to help Johannesburg-Lewiston high school students attend LSSU with selection based on academic excellence and a recommendation of the Johannesburg Lewiston High School Academic Committee.

Bud Clarke I-500 Parking Committee Nursing Award

i-500This scholarship was established by the I-500 Parking Committee where proceeds are derived from parking fees collected at the annual I-500 snowmobile race held the first Saturday in February in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.. It is the collaborative efforts of this volunteer committee and its members that contribute to the success of the I-500 race. The award benefits a nursing student who demonstrates a dedication to working in the nursing field.

C. Ernest Kemp Endowed Scholarship

kemp-ernieC. Ernest Kemp was one of the original instructors of the Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1946 and developed the LSSU Geology program. The world-renowned geologist was the recipient of LSSU’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 1981, the first and only full-time faculty member to be selected for the award. He retired in 1980 and was awarded dean emeritus status, but continued teaching at LSSU until 1993. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman majoring in the geology program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

C. Eugene Chang International Studies Scholarship

chang_eugeneThis named endowment was established by C. Eugene Chang, former member of the LSSU Board of Trustees and long-time friend and supporter of Lake Superior State University. The International Studies Scholarship supports international students with funding for tutoring, ESL support, or other academic needs of students and those LSSU students who study abroad.

C.G. (Sandy) Sanderson Memorial Scholarship

sanderson-c“Sandy” Sanderson was a local aviator-businessman and longtime Sault Ste. Marie resident. He was one of the most highly decorated pilots in World War II and one of the founders of the Western Michigan University School of Aviation. He had a high regard for education as exemplified in a letter to his grandson, Terry. Upon learning Terry was returning to LSSU to complete his education, he stated, “Education cannot be taken from you nor can it be transferred, there is no reasonable way to measure its value. It will enhance your entire life.” Successful candidates must be a graduate of a Michigan Upper Peninsula high school with selection based on academic excellence.

Carl & Bernitta Burtt Scholarship

carlbernittaburttThis named scholarship was established by the children of Carl and Bernitta Burtt 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. He married Bernitta Wilcox in 1944 and together raised their family of six children. Though Carl and Bernitta did not finish high school, they valued the importance of education and vowed that their children would complete high school and to support their efforts in attending college. Recipients must be of sophomore status with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

Central Savings Bank Scholarship

csb_logo_2016For 30 years, Central Savings Bank has been assisting Lake Superior State University students who are majoring in Finance and Economics and wish to pursue a career in banking by providing a scholarship in its name, The Central Savings Bank Scholarship. Central Savings Bank has been a full service hometown bank in Sault Ste. Marie since 1902.

The annual scholarship, which may have a value of up to full tuition, was established to support students who graduate from Michigan’s EUP and The Algoma District of Ontario, Canada.  To be eligible, the student must meet the following criteria: be full time, at least a sophomore (26 credits) majoring in a LSSU School of Business program, preferably in Finance and Economics or in Accounting with a minor in Finance, successfully completed at least two (2) 300 level courses in finance, economics, or accounting and has earned a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Past recipients who currently work for Central Savings Bank are Mark Savoie, President (1992-93);  Erin Albrecht, Assistant Vice President (2009-10); and Autumn VanDonkelaar, Credit Analyst (2019-20).

Charles H. (Charlie) Snyder Industrial Advisory Board Engineering & Technology Scholarship

csnyderEstablished to provide financial assistance and recognition to students entering in the LSSU 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 LSSU engineering and technology 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. Selection is based on the recommendation of the School of Engineering & Technology faculty.

Chase and Stella Osborn Scholarship Fund

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This scholarship was established through a bequest of Stella B. Osborn, wife of the former governor of Michigan. Chase Salmon Osborn (1860-1949) was the 27th governor of Michigan, serving one term from 1911-12. Chase Osborn was also a newspaper reporter and publisher, an explorer, an author, and a public servant. Stella Osborn was a noted author, lecturer, philanthropist, and played a prominent role in the Union of Democracies movement. Shortly before her death she renewed her interest in the history and legends of the Sault area, contributing to local festivals and historic projects. Her literary works dating from 1940 until 1982 include a variety of books of poetry, Northwoods Tales and articles on Chase Osborn. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic excellence and financial need.

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Athletics

Gil Somes Endowed Award

gsomesThis named endowment honors Gil Somes (1929-2015), a man who was a 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 may major in any course of study with a minimum 2.5 GPA and is employed as a student equipment manager or athletic trainer. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Athletic Director and coaching staff.

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.

James Fallis Endowed Athletic Award

fallis-jamesThis award is named in honor of Jim Fallis (wrestler), the first four-time All-American at Lake Superior State College. Following graduation, Jim coached and taught for 12 years at LSSU. He served as the University’s director of Athletics from 1986-1993. In 2005, he was inducted to the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements as a LSSU athlete, coach and athletic director. A merit based award, the recipient be an All-American honoree, in any sport, the previous academic year with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Selection is based on the  recommendation of the LSSU Athletics Department.

James R. Mason Memorial Scholarship

james-masonJames R. “Jim” Mason (1917 – 2006) was a lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie, with an almost equally long passion for the sport of hockey. In his youth, he played on outdoor rinks around the area every chance he could, in addition to being a member of organized teams at Kaine’s Rink and the Pullar Stadium. Later, he spent many years involved in coaching and supporting area Bantam and Jr. League hockey at the Pullar, assisting with the Soo Indians and serving as manager for the Sinclair Warriors Travel Team. Jim followed the LSSU Lakers program and attended many of their home games. As a tribute to his contribution to area hockey, Jim’s family and friends established this scholarship for a deserving freshman or transfer Laker hockey player with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Madan Saluja Endowed Scholarship

madan-saluja-4191This scholarship was established by alumni and friends to honor LSSU faculty member, Madan Saluja. Having taught at LSSU for more that 40 years, Saluja is well known for his courses’ rigor and his personal high expectations of students. He 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 of the LSSU Athletic Director, track & cross-country coaches and a member of the School of Business faculty.

Arts & Letters

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Biological Sciences

Jim Smith and Tom Wiles Science Scholarship

LSSU SealJim Smith and Tom Wiles are both graduates of Bedford High School (1972) and classmates at Lake Superior State College. Upon their retirement, they returned to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. “Our experiences as students at Lake Superior State College in the 1970s to our present stage of life, have been the foundation for our desire to fund an award for an incoming freshman and a science scholarship to a current student. They have issued their recipients a challenge: To apply all the knowledge that you have/will learn for the benefit of generations present and future.

The science scholarship is given to a student of sophomore status with a minimum 3.0 GPA who is seeking a career path as a scientist. The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy – it is already too late for that – but in creating a better understanding of the extent of that influence and a new ethic for its governance. ― Aldo Leopold, Game Management

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 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.

Marian and Raymond Chelberg Outstanding Science/Athlete Scholarship Fund

Marian and Raymond ChelbergProfessor Emeritus Raymond Chelberg and his wife Marian were one of the original faculty families at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology, Sault Branch in 1946. From that time until he retired in 1970, Professor Chelberg was chair of the Chemistry Department. He was a dedicated teacher for more than 44 years and was remembered for his personal, caring and effective approach to teaching. Marian taught music appreciation at Lake State and was one of the founders of the Musicale. She was choir director at Central United Methodist Church and was one of the first women invited to join the Rotary Club. Together, Raymond and Marian significantly enhanced the scientific, athletic and cultural aspects of Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding community. The Chelberg scholarship is awarded to a natural science major, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who demonstrates leadership abilities and contributes significantly to the success of the athletic team on which he or she is a letter-winner.

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.

Robert J. McEnroe Science Award

sealThe named award is established by Robert J. McEnroe, a 1975 LSSU graduate who wished to give back to alma mater.  In appreciation for the education he received at Lake Superior State University, this award benefits students majoring in Biology or Chemistry who are residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Business

Frank Fazi Scholarship

ffaziThis scholarship was established in honor of Frank Fazi, a longtime supporter to the Sault area community and to Lake Superior State University. Frank played an active role in many organizations and projects for the betterment of the community. He was an outstanding athlete, playing for the Michigan Tech-Sault Branch Hornet’s basketball team. He was inducted into the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman from an Eastern U.P. high school. The student must demonstrate academic excellence and major in business and economics.

Gordon and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship

Gordon and Geraldine CooperMarried in 1947, Gordon and Geraldine Cooper raised 15 children in Sault Ste. Marie. The daughter of Italian immigrants, Geraldine’s career was raising their family until her death from breast cancer in 1981. Gordon, a World War II veteran, supported them through work as Sunlight Dairy and then, later, as a building attendant at Lake Superior State College. The College was also a gateway for opportunity for their family. Through the G.I. Bill and hard work, several of their children enrolled and graduated from LSSC. Later, many of their grandchildren either started their postsecondary education at Lake State, or earned degrees from there. The opportunities that Lake State offered allowed the family to build better lives for themselves and others. Successful candidates must an incoming freshman who is a graduate of a Michigan Eastern Upper Peninsula high school majoring in a Lukenda School of Business program with preference to a student majoring in Accounting with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Jacqueline R. and David O. Saunders Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship endowment was established by Jacki (Brinker) Saunders and David O. Saunders, 1975 graduates of LSSU. The Saunders understand the importance of higher education and know that many students need financial support while working towards their education goals. Successful candidates must have earned at least 26 LSSU credits and a minimum 3.0 GPA and may major in a Business, Biology, or Chemistry program.

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 academic excellence.

Lisa Tetzlaff and Sherry Demaray Nursing & Accounting Scholarship

lssubrooksdavidson_webSherry, CPA graduated from LSSU with a bachelor’s of accounting and an MBA. She served as president of the LSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as on various committees for the Alumni Association and LSSU Foundation. Her daughter, Lisa, RN graduated from LSSU with a BSN. 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 by Sherry to honor her daughter’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.

Chemistry

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.

Richard W. White Memorial Scholarship

Richard WhiteThis scholarship endowment is established by Robert and Sally Wiles to honor the memory of Sally’s brother, Richard W. “Dick” White ‘60. White graduated from Rudyard High School in 1954, enlisted in the Marines, served and was honorably discharged. He then entered Soo Tech, branch of Michigan Technological University. Dick was a much focused student of Geology and truly became a legend at Soo Tech and Michigan Technological University. After receiving his Doctorate from the University of California – Berkley, he traveled the World with the U.S. Geological Survey with his last stop in Denver at USGS headquarters. Premature death attributed to Leukemia at age 40 abruptly halted Dick’s list of geological discoveries in his prime. Successful candidates must major in one of the LSSU physical sciences programs with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Robert J. McEnroe Science Award

sealThe named award is established by Robert J. McEnroe, a 1975 LSSU graduate who wished to give back to alma mater.  In appreciation for the education he received at Lake Superior State University, this award benefits students majoring in Biology or Chemistry who are residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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 who wish to pursue a education and career path in scientific research. A 1979 LSSU graduate, Dr. Farmer went on to earn a 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. Recipients must be of least sophomore status majoring in Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science or Geology with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Criminal Justice

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Education

Kaleel (Kal) & Josephine I. Jones Scholarship

LSSU SealThrough a trust established in 2008, Kaleel and Josephine Jones chose to support students in four academic areas at LSSU. In doing so, their gift became the second largest bequest in LSSU history.

Kaleel (Kal) Jones and his wife of 68 years founded A & K Cartage, a trucking company servicing the Detroit area. Over 44 years, the company’s fleet grew to eight trucks and maintained the longest running private contract with the city.

With the passing of Josephine in April 2014 and Kal that June, their trust stipulates that a scholarship supporting LSSU criminal justice students will be named the John Williams Jones VIII Scholarship in memory of their son who was a Detroit police officer for 22 years, while engineering, nursing and education students will benefit from the Kaleel (Kal) and Josephine I. Jones Scholarships. Successful candidates must major in one of the four programs with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Peter & Georgia Gianakura Endowment

Peter & Georgia GianakuraThis endowment was established by Catherine Gianakura Rogg to honor her parents, Peter and Georgia. At the time of her high school graduation, Georgia was planning to attend Michigan State University to become a mathematics teacher until her father became ill. She made the choice to care for her father and attend to the needs of her family. 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 to his family. In honor of her parents who sacrificed their education and career dreams for the care and well being of their families, Catherine created two scholarships to be granted annually to a student who is seeking a career in Journalism and to a student who is pursuing a degree in Education with a major in Mathematics.

Rebecca “Becca” Arms Scholarship

rebecca-arms-scholarshipRebecca (Becca) Arms (1985-2009) chose to attend Lake Superior State University and fell in love with the college and the town. She was very active with campus life and a committed and involved member of the Sigma Lambda Sigma Sorority. Becca was a huge fan of Laker Hockey and a big advocate for Lake State and the values the University holds dear. She received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in History in 2008. Becca’s passion was teaching and working with children; helping them reach full potential. Successful candidates must be a student with at least 26 LSSU credits, a minimum 3.0 GPA who is majoring in the Early Childhood or Elementary Education program. Preference will be given to students who are members of the Sigma Lambda Sigma sorority.

Robert O. Wallis – CMARSP Scholarship

wallisIn 1999, this scholarship was named to honor Robert O. Wallis, 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 chapter is an association of retired public school and state university personnel whose purpose is to promote social, professional and economic status and general welfare of retired school employees. Scholarship recipients must be pursuing a profession in the field of teaching, a resident from Chippewa or Mackinac County, and has earned 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 2007. It was always Adela’s desire to help local students who dreamed of being a teacher. 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.

Engineering & Technology

Galen H. Harrison Pickford Scholarship

sealThis endowed scholarship was established by Galen H. Harrison (1938-2022), a graduate of Pickford High School and LSSU Professor Emeritus (1963-1996). Mr. Harrison believed in the importance of higher education and understood that many students need financial support while working towards their educational and career goals. Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman who is a Pickford High School graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in biology, chemistry, geology, nursing, mathematics, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental chemistry, or environmental science.

John and Jan Madl Award

jan-and-john-madlThe purpose of this award is to benefit a deserving student pursuing a LSSU manufacturing engineering degree. John began teaching in the Engineering Department at the Soo Branch of MTU in 1967 after finishing his MSME at Michigan Technological University. He retired in 2002 after 34 years of service to the University. Jan (Osterhout) was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.. She received her RN from LSSU in 1982 and has since retired from War Memorial Hospital. Successful candidates must be a manufacturing engineering major with at least 26 LSSU credits.

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 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.

Kaleel (Kal) & Josephine I. Jones Scholarship

LSSU SealThrough a trust established in 2008, Kaleel and Josephine Jones chose to support students in four academic areas at LSSU. In doing so, their gift became the second largest bequest in LSSU history.

Kaleel (Kal) Jones and his wife of 68 years founded A & K Cartage, a trucking company servicing the Detroit area. Over 44 years, the company’s fleet grew to eight trucks and maintained the longest running private contract with the city.

With the passing of Josephine in April 2014 and Kal that June, their trust stipulates that a scholarship supporting LSSU criminal justice students will be named the John Williams Jones VIII Scholarship in memory of their son who was a Detroit police officer for 22 years, while engineering, nursing and education students will benefit from the Kaleel (Kal) and Josephine I. Jones Scholarships. Successful candidates must major in one of the four programs with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Lawrence Roy Jacobson and Dorothy Bell Engineering Scholarship

bellThis endowment was established through the estate of Dorothy Bell to honor her son Lawrence, a Sault High graduate and mechanical engineer for Dow Corning Corporation. Dorothy was a graduate of the Marquette Beauty Academy in Marquette, Mich. where she received her certificate in Cosmetology. She owned and operated a beauty shop on Seymour Street in Sault Ste. Marie for over 27 years. This merit scholarship is awarded to an engineering student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU Engineering faculty.

English & Communication

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Fine Arts

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Fire Science

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Fisheries & Wildlife

Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club Fisheries & Wildlife Scholarship

hiawatha-sportsmens-clubThe Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club was organized in 1927 and established an area of land to serve as a vacation center for people from all walks of life. Members of the Club enjoy 35,000 acres of wilderness located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a region rich in history, hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and more. Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club Scholarship is open to any LSSU student majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Successful candidates must have at least 26 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to graduates of Engadine or Newberry High Schools and to those students who participate in any ongoing wildlife management studies on HSC land.

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 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.

Kim and Nancy Strawe Fisheries & Wildlife Scholarship

Kim and Nancy Strawe

This scholarship is established by Kim ‘68 and Nancy Strawe of Curtis, Michigan. Kim graduated from LSSU in 1968 with a degree in biological science and has always had a passion for the outdoors and a love for nature. Since 1998 Nancy has been a volunteer at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. She has also served on the board of directors for the Seney Natural History Association (a non-profit organization that funds programs and interns at the Refuge). It is Kim and Nancy’s wish to provide financial assistance to those students who also have an appreciation for the outdoor environment. Successful candidates must be a Fisheries & Wildlife Management major of at least sophomore status and a Michigan resident who has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Fisheries & Wildlife faculty.

The Anglers of the Au Sable Fisheries Scholarship

anglers_of_the_ausableThe Anglers of the Au Sable’s 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 who has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences faculty.

The Izaak Walton League of America Lock City Chapter Endowed 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” it serves as a constant reminder of their mission. 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 3.0 minimum GPA.

Geology & Physical Sciences

Jim Smith and Tom Wiles Science Scholarship

LSSU SealJim Smith and Tom Wiles are both graduates of Bedford High School (1972) and classmates at Lake Superior State College. Upon their retirement, they returned to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. “Our experiences as students at Lake Superior State College in the 1970s to our present stage of life, have been the foundation for our desire to fund an award for an incoming freshman and a science scholarship to a current student. They have issued their recipients a challenge: To apply all the knowledge that you have/will learn for the benefit of generations present and future.

The science scholarship is given to a student of sophomore status with a minimum 3.0 GPA who is seeking a career path as a scientist. The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy – it is already too late for that – but in creating a better understanding of the extent of that influence and a new ethic for its governance. ― Aldo Leopold, Game Management

John Kalesky Memorial Endowed Scholarship

kaleskyThis scholarship was established by Elizabeth Kalesky in memory of her son, John, 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 incoming freshman majoring in geology, the recipient must have a minimum 3.0 GPA with selection based on ACT score and class rank.

John Lehman Chemistry Scholarship

jlehmanThe named scholarship was established by LSSU Professor Emeritus John Lehman to benefit qualified students entering into the chemistry or environmental chemistry baccalaureate degree programs. Professor Lehman was a long-time faculty member who taught at Lake State from 1966 until his retirement in 2001. The recipient is selected by the LSSU Chemistry faculty and has demonstrated the potential to excel in their major field and to make significant contributions to society through the application of chemistry.

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 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.

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.

Health Sciences

Clifford & Berniece Waybrant Family Nursing Endowment

WaybrantClifford (Rube) Waybrant of Pickford, Michigan established this scholarship in recognition of the quality of care his wife, Berniece, received in the War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. Successful candidates must be graduate of a Chippewa, Mackinac or Luce County High School who has successfully completed the LPN or CENA program and demonstrates at least one year experience in that role with a minimum 2.7 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU Nursing faculty.

Cunningham Nursing Scholarship

cunninghamThis named scholarship was established in 2002 by Barbara (Cunningham ’79) and Chuck (’77) Cliff to honor Barbara’s mother, Margie Cunningham, who graduated from nursing school in 1945. Margie was the inspiration for Barbara to pursue a career in nursing. Barbara attended the LSSU Nursing program from 1976-79 and was appointed as a LSSU Board of Trustees member from 2002-2009. Chuck served as a member of the LSSU Foundation Board of Directors. This scholarship benefits a nursing student of sophomore or junior status who demonstrates a passion and dedication to working in a nursing field.

Dixie Stanley Light and Morton Light Nursing Growth Scholarship

dlightDixie Light came to LSSU in 1974 as an instructor, shortly thereafter helping to create Lake State’s BSN program and developing the LSSU Health Care Center, which now serves the campus and public. Morton was a school psychologist in the Sault Area Public Schools for a number of years. Their son, Daniel graduated from Lake Superior State in 1988. In 1990 the Light family moved to Houston, Alaska to open a health clinic and continued to provide medical care and treatment to the people of the Houston community until Dixie’s death in 2011. Successful candidates must be a registered nurse from Michigan or Ontario, Canada who is admitted to the LSSU baccalaureate nursing post-licensure track OR a non-traditional student who has earned a college degree but now chooses to pursue a BSN degree with minimum 3.0 GPA.

Donald and Catherine Finlayson Nursing Scholarship

finlaysonsDr. Donald Finlayson and his wife, Catherine established this endowed scholarship in 1997 to enhance financial support for nursing students at LSSU. Dr. Finlayson practiced medicine in Sault Ste. Marie from 1946-1982 and was the LSSU physician from 1946-1978. Two of their children attended Lake State – one in pre-nursing and one in pre-physical therapy. Having always been impressed with the LSSU nursing program, the Finlaysons formed the endowment through a charitable remainder trust. A successful candidate must be a sophomore student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated empathy with patients.

Dr. Kevin & Pamela Cooper Professional Scholarship

Dr. Kevin & Pamela CooperDr. Kevin and Pamela Cooper established their named scholarship to benefit students enrolled in the LSSU pre-dentistry  or pre-med program.  Successful candidates must have earned at least 26 LSSU credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA and preference given to students who are graduates of a Michigan Upper Peninsula high school. Son of Laker legend Ronald “Bud” Cooper, Kevin grew up on the LSSU campus. He attended LSSU earning his B.S. and his dental degree at the University of Michigan. Pam also attended LSSU earning her Associates Degree and a dental hygiene degree from the University of Michigan. The Coopers are very involved with the local community and are strong supporters of Lake Superior State University.

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Math & Computer Science

Faculty of Mathematics & Computer Science Scholarship

sealThis scholarship was created in 2006 by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science faculty 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 minimum 3.0 GPA.

Franklin F. and Wanda L. Otis Award

franklin-wanda-otisThis endowed scholarship was established to honor one of the charter faculty of Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology. Franklin spent 30 years (1948-1978) as a mathematics professor and 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 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 Professor Emeritus Galen Harrison (1938-2022) to provide financial assistance to math and computer science majors. Professor Harrison was a long-time LSSU faculty member who taught at Lake 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.

Galen H. Harrison Pickford Scholarship

sealThis endowed scholarship was established by Galen H. Harrison (1938-2022), a graduate of Pickford High School and LSSU Professor Emeritus (1963-1996). Mr. Harrison believed in the importance of higher education and understood that many students need financial support while working towards their educational and career goals. Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman who is a Pickford High School graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in biology, chemistry, geology, nursing, mathematics, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental chemistry, or environmental science.

Gerald Samson Mathematics Scholarship

samsonNamed in honor of LSSU professor emeritus Gerald Samson (1966-99), this scholarship is awarded to a deserving computer and mathematical science major. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU mathematics faculty.

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.

Peter & Georgia Gianakura Endowment

Peter & Georgia GianakuraThis endowment was established by Catherine Gianakura Rogg to honor her parents, Peter and Georgia. At the time of her high school graduation, Georgia was planning to attend Michigan State University to become a mathematics teacher until her father became ill. She made the choice to care for her father and attend to the needs of her family. 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 to his family. In honor of her parents who sacrificed their education and career dreams for the care and well being of their families, Catherine created two scholarships to be granted annually to a student who is seeking a career in Journalism and to a student who is pursuing a degree in Education with a major in Mathematics.

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. The student recipient is a major in engineering technology, mathematics, or computer science. Selection of the award is based upon high school GPA, ACT score and high school class rank.

William R. Gregory Scholarship

William R. GregoryThis scholarship was established to honor William Gregory, former president of Edison Sault Electric Company. He served as a member of the LSSU Board of Trustees, the LSSU Foundation Board of Directors, and received LSSU’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 1986.  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 minimum 3.0 GPA.

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

Cunningham Nursing Scholarship

cunninghamThis named scholarship was established in 2002 by Barbara (Cunningham ’79) and Chuck (’77) Cliff to honor Barbara’s mother, Margie Cunningham, who graduated from nursing school in 1945. Margie was the inspiration for Barbara to pursue a career in nursing. Barbara attended the LSSU Nursing program from 1976-79 and was appointed as a LSSU Board of Trustees member from 2002-2009. Chuck served as a member of the LSSU Foundation Board of Directors. This scholarship benefits a nursing student of sophomore or junior status who demonstrates a passion and dedication to working in a nursing field.

Dixie Stanley Light and Morton Light Nursing Growth Scholarship

dlightDixie Light came to LSSU in 1974 as an instructor, shortly thereafter helping to create Lake State’s BSN program and developing the LSSU Health Care Center, which now serves the campus and public. Morton was a school psychologist in the Sault Area Public Schools for a number of years. Their son, Daniel graduated from Lake Superior State in 1988. In 1990 the Light family moved to Houston, Alaska to open a health clinic and continued to provide medical care and treatment to the people of the Houston community until Dixie’s death in 2011. Successful candidates must be a registered nurse from Michigan or Ontario, Canada who is admitted to the LSSU baccalaureate nursing post-licensure track OR a non-traditional student who has earned a college degree but now chooses to pursue a BSN degree with minimum 3.0 GPA.

Donald and Catherine Finlayson Nursing Scholarship

finlaysonsDr. Donald Finlayson and his wife, Catherine established this endowed scholarship in 1997 to enhance financial support for nursing students at LSSU. Dr. Finlayson practiced medicine in Sault Ste. Marie from 1946-1982 and was the LSSU physician from 1946-1978. Two of their children attended Lake State – one in pre-nursing and one in pre-physical therapy. Having always been impressed with the LSSU nursing program, the Finlaysons formed the endowment through a charitable remainder trust. A successful candidate must be a sophomore student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated empathy with patients.

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 University of Toronto. His fondness for LSSU always remained strong. 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 LSSU honorary doctorate degree in 2007. In May 2001, when the Lou and Mae Lukenda Alumni House was established and dedicated, Dr. 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 a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to students who are majoring in nursing, pre-medical, pre-dentistry, or elementary-secondary education programs.

Galen H. Harrison Pickford Scholarship

sealThis endowed scholarship was established by Galen H. Harrison (1938-2022), a graduate of Pickford High School and LSSU Professor Emeritus (1963-1996). Mr. Harrison believed in the importance of higher education and understood that many students need financial support while working towards their educational and career goals. Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman who is a Pickford High School graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in biology, chemistry, geology, nursing, mathematics, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental chemistry, or environmental science.

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Veterans

Veterans Assistance Fund

Tom BrownThe Vietnam Veterans of America with local representative, Tom Brown, established the LSSU Veterans Assistance Fund. This fund was created to provide emergency fund assistance to any Veterans attending LSSU.

Veteran is defined per FAFSA guidelines as: Have engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard), or are a National Guard or Reserve enlistee who was called to active duty for other than state or training purposes, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies, and were released under a condition other than dishonorable.