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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.

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. In addition, each year a Laker women’s basketball player is selected by the AD and coaches to be recognized as the player “who excels in dedication, skills, hard work, and attitude on the court and in the classroom”. A plaque, donated by the Comito family, commemorates the recipients and is displayed in the James Norris Center lobby.

Christopher Columbus Italian-American Society Award

cchall-finalThis scholarship was created in 2011 to benefit students who are members or descendants of a member of the Christopher Columbus Italian-American Society. The Society was formed on March 16, 1930 by a group of men living in the “Little Italy” neighborhood of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. who were looking for a place for their Society to meet. On June 16, 1930, the Society obtained a charter from the State of Michigan, and began to sponsor dinners and dances to benefit the neighborhood. By 1938, the Society had 138 members, and built their own Christopher Columbus Hall for meetings and special events that continue to this day. Successful candidates must be of sophomore status with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

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.

Claude & Mary Denker Scholarship

Claude and Mary Denker

Claude “Bud” Denker ‘80 was inspired to create this endowment to honor his parents and to recognize the quality of his education and experience he enjoyed at LSSU.  In particular to recognize the mentoring he received from Lukenda School of Business Professor Dr. Madan Saluja. Following Denker’s graduation from LSSU, his career included experience in leadership positions at Eastman Kodak, PepsiCo, Inc. and Penske Corporation ultimately resulting in his appointment as President of Penske in 2017.

At LSSU, he received the Kenneth J. Shouldice Achievement Award in 2008 and the Lukenda School of Business Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2018.  Successful candidates may major in any Lukenda School of Business program with preference to a student majoring in a LSB Marketing or Business Management program who has earned a minimum 26 LSSU credits and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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.

Crystal L. Housding Memorial Scholarship

housdingThis endowed scholarship was established by Sherilyn Duesing in memory of her mother who passed away in May 2009. Crystal was a lifelong resident of Alanson, Mich. who worked in the Littlefield Public Schools for many years. She was a very independent and resourceful woman, who understood that many students required financial assistance in order to pursue their dream of a college education. Students must be a high school graduate from an Emmett County high school who has earned at least 26 LSSU credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to students who demonstrate volunteer involvement and leadership skills.

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.

Daune Weiss Memorial Scholarship

dweissThis scholarship was established to honor 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 that benefits both the Laker Club and the Fund for LSSU, and contributed greatly to its planning and success. This scholarship gives preference to students from Otsego and Mackinac counties majoring in Elementary/Secondary Education or Business who have at least 26 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

David and Patricia Hubbard Award

Pat and Dave Hubbard moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1971 where they raised their two sons, Todd and Jeff. During their time in the area, they enjoyed the cultural and athletic events at LSSU and realized the role the university played in their lives and in that of the community. The Hubbards are pleased to be able to support LSSU with a scholarship in their names. Successful candidates must be a full-time student with a GPA of 2.0 or higher majoring in any course of study at LSSU.

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Athletics

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.

Parker Dagenais Memorial Award

Parker Dagenais

This named award is established by Susan and Paul Dagenais in memory of their son, Parker, who passed away at age 20 as a result of a fatal car accident in October 2019.  Parker was a 2017 graduate of Fenton High School, where he was honored as the 2016-2017 Homecoming King. Parker was a junior at LSSU, where he studied Sports Management and served as the student assistant coach for the LSSU Women’s Laker basketball team. If Parker didn’t have a ball in his hands, he had a game on the TV, and sometimes both. He loved basketball, soccer, golf, and anything else that involved competition. He was an avid University of Michigan fan his entire life. His newfound love came to be Lake Superior State University. Successful candidates must be a current student with at least sophomore status who is seeking a major or minor in Kinesiology with a minimum 2.75 GPA.  Selection will be based on an essay describing the values of the applicant and explaining their goals in pursuing a career in Kinesiology/Sports Management.

Ronald “Bud” Cooper Endowed Award

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

Ruth 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, 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 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 LSSU Laker hockey team.

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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

Lukenda School of Business/Lambda Sigma Beta Scholarship

the_frat1This scholarship was created by contributions from School of Business and Economics alumni and the Lambda Sigma Beta Fraternity and spearheaded by Dr. Madan Saluja, professor of business at LSSU. This endowment is awarded to students who have attained junior or senior status in the business program, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and who have demonstrated campus/community leadership and dedication to working in the business profession.

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.

Michael James and Wendy Menard James Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2019 by Michael James and Wendy Menard James. Wendy is a native of Sault Ste. Marie and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She is a LSSU alumna and in 2019 she received the Kenneth J. Shouldice Award that honors individuals whose personal and professional successes serve as outstanding examples to LSSU graduates. Wendy began her successful career in the Sault as a newspaper reporter, later working in government, nonprofit and business before starting her own successful company focusing on environmental improvement. Michael spent his career in the entertainment business, working mostly in music and television. She and her husband created this scholarship to support students who are under-represented in the LSSU population. They aim to help male and female students who want to encourage the advancement of women who currently are underrepresented in both business and environmental fields.

Successful candidates may be an incoming freshman or current student who is a graduate of a Michigan Eastern Upper Peninsula high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA. One student who is majoring in a LSSU Environmental Science program and one who is majoring in a Lukenda School of Business program are selected each year.

Steven R. Glezen Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established to honor Steven Glezen, a 1986 LSSU graduate of with a degree in Mathematics. He began a career in banking immediately following graduation, working in Detroit and surrounding suburbs for National City Bank. Steve grew fond of the Eastern Upper Peninsula during his time at LSSU, and it wasn’t long before he transferred to a EUP Branch. In 2000, Steve was sought after by the founders of Old Mission Bank and was one of the inaugural hires when the bank opened its doors later that year. He was a mentor to co-workers for his knowledge and compassion and played a key leadership role in assisting customers to attain their financial goals through his lending acumen and maintaining a commitment to what was best for his customers. It is the intent of this scholarship to foster these qualities in future scholarship recipients. Successful candidates must be majoring in a Lukenda School of Business program with at least junior status and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference will be give to graduates of a Michigan Upper Peninsula high school.

Warren Parker Family Scholarship

wbparkerThis scholarship was established by Warren and Beverley Parker to benefit a student who is a graduate of a Chippewa, Mackinac or Luce County high school majoring in business administration with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Engineering & Technology

LSSU Huizenga Scholarship

HuizengaThis scholarship was created by the LSSU School of Engineering and Technology through a special donation from Mr. J.C. Huizenga. Awarded to incoming freshmen, this scholarship benefits those pursuing an engineering degree and has demonstrated academic success and interest in the engineering field.

LSSU Robotics & FIRST Scholarship

lssu_logoThis scholarship was created by the LSSU Industrial Advisory Board (IAB). Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman who is pursuing an undergraduate engineering education and have demonstrated academic success and interest in the robotics specialty curriculum.

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.

Precision Edge Surgical Products Company Engineering Scholarship

precision-edgeThis endowment was established to assist sophomore students who are majoring in any LSSU School of Engineering and Technology program. Many Lake Superior State University engineering students are employed by Precision Edge or have worked for the Company since its inception. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU School of Engineering & Technology faculty. Precision Edge Surgical Products Company LLC is a world-renowned manufacturer of precision surgical components, cutting tools, instruments, and accessories. The company was founded in 1989 as a bur manufacturing facility near the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. originally operating in a 1,100 sq. ft. facility. Today the company has expanded to operating in a 37,000 sq. ft. facility in Sault Ste. Marie employing over 180 highly skilled workers – many LSSU engineering students and alumni.

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.

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Fisheries & Wildlife

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 2012. Wendy was a 1998 LSSU cum laude, earning a Bachelor 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.

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.

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Geology & Physical Sciences

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.

Michael James and Wendy Menard James Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2019 by Michael James and Wendy Menard James. Wendy is a native of Sault Ste. Marie and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She is a LSSU alumna and in 2019 she received the Kenneth J. Shouldice Award that honors individuals whose personal and professional successes serve as outstanding examples to LSSU graduates. Wendy began her successful career in the Sault as a newspaper reporter, later working in government, nonprofit and business before starting her own successful company focusing on environmental improvement. Michael spent his career in the entertainment business, working mostly in music and television. She and her husband created this scholarship to support students who are under-represented in the LSSU population. They aim to help male and female students who want to encourage the advancement of women who currently are underrepresented in both business and environmental fields.

Successful candidates may be an incoming freshman or current student who is a graduate of a Michigan Eastern Upper Peninsula high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA. One student who is majoring in a LSSU Environmental Science program and one who is majoring in a Lukenda School of Business program are selected each year.

Norma & Weldon Fritch Memorial Scholarship

normaweldonfritchThis named scholarship was established by Todd Fritch (’93) and his wife Jennifer to honor Todd’s grandparents, Norma and Weldon, for their loving guidance and financial support while he attended 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 minimum 3.0 GPA.

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.

Health Sciences

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.

Edward and Jill Smith Scholarship

Edward and Jill SmithEdward Smith is a physician who has practiced in St. Ignace, Mich. 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. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled in a LSSU pre-med concentration program with at least 56 LSSU credits and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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.

Heidi Bailey Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Heidi Bailey

This scholarship was established through the collaborative efforts of the LSSU School of Nursing Faculty and the staff of the Chippewa County Health Department to honor Heidi Bailey for her passion and commitment to the nursing profession.  Heidi was a 1984 graduate of Newberry High school who pursued her education and passion for nursing at LSSU earning a BSN in 1988. She began her nursing career at War Memorial Hospital and later worked at the Chippewa County Health Department dedicating over 27 years to Hospice and community home health care. She was a dedicated mentor to LSSU nursing students to ensure they had a meaningful learning experience while pursuing their BSN degree. She will be remembered as one who contributed immensely to the practice of nursing in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout the Chippewa County community.  Successful candidates must be a junior or senior nursing student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who demonstrates a passion for Hospice and Community Health nursing.

Hospice of the EUP Scholarship

hospiceThis scholarship was established by the Hospice of the EUP, a non-profit organization formed in 1983. The first Medicare certified program in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Hospice of the EUP provides patient care programs – hospice (care for the terminally ill and Bridging (care for the chronically ill).  Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman who is pursuing a degree in nursing with an interest in the Hospice philosophy. They must successfully complete the Health Sciences program at the Sault Area Career Center with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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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

Heidi Bailey Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Heidi Bailey

This scholarship was established through the collaborative efforts of the LSSU School of Nursing Faculty and the staff of the Chippewa County Health Department to honor Heidi Bailey for her passion and commitment to the nursing profession.  Heidi was a 1984 graduate of Newberry High school who pursued her education and passion for nursing at LSSU earning a BSN in 1988. She began her nursing career at War Memorial Hospital and later worked at the Chippewa County Health Department dedicating over 27 years to Hospice and community home health care. She was a dedicated mentor to LSSU nursing students to ensure they had a meaningful learning experience while pursuing their BSN degree. She will be remembered as one who contributed immensely to the practice of nursing in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout the Chippewa County community.  Successful candidates must be a junior or senior nursing student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who demonstrates a passion for Hospice and Community Health nursing.

Hospice of the EUP Scholarship

hospiceThis scholarship was established by the Hospice of the EUP, a non-profit organization formed in 1983. The first Medicare certified program in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Hospice of the EUP provides patient care programs – hospice (care for the terminally ill and Bridging (care for the chronically ill).  Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman who is pursuing a degree in nursing with an interest in the Hospice philosophy. They must successfully complete the Health Sciences program at the Sault Area Career Center with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

John O. Ramsey Scholarship

ramsey5x7John Ramsey, a long time resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., 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 minimum 3.0 GPA.

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.

Lawson Family Award for Academic Excellence

sealGrant Lawson established this scholarship in recognition of his daughter and granddaughter’s education accomplishments and to express his gratitude for the wonderful educational experience they received while attending at LSSU. This scholarship benefits two senior students with a minimum 3.0 GPA majoring in 1) Nursing and 2) English Literature or English Literature with a Creative Writing emphasis.

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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.