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Floyd & Joyce Starks Memorial Scholarship

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

Frank and Gladys Hoholik Scholarship

hoholick-frank-sFrank and his wife, Gladys, established their scholarship in 1975 to provide financial assistance to “such students as Lake Superior State College deems worthy and who lack sufficient financial resources to pay for his or her college education. ” Frank was the president of Manistique Pulp and Paper Co. until his retirement in 1970. In addition to his affiliation with the paper mill and its parent company, Field Enterprises, Inc., he was active in local and regional businesses and civic circles. He was the first chairman of Lake Superior State College Board of Control, served as co-chairman of Operation Action U.P. and was named Upper Peninsula’s “Man of the Year” in 1970. As testimony to his commitment to Lake Superior State College and to the Eastern Upper Peninsula, LSSC erected the bell tower with the Frank S. Hoholik Victory Bell prominently displayed in front of the LSSU Norris Center.

Frank and Marion Pingatore Memorial Scholarship

pingatoreThis scholarship was established by a bequest from the Marion Pingatore Trust. Frank and Marion were longtime residents of Sault Ste. Marie. They operated Aunt Marion’s Food Market and Aunt Marion’s Norgetown Laundry and Dry Cleaning businesses. Frank served as city commissioner and mayor in the mid- to late-1970s. This scholarship is presented to a Sault Area High School graduate majoring in any course of study with selection based on academic excellence.

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.

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.

G. Verdi & Princess Marie Jose Lodges Order Sons of Italy of Canada Scholarship

Order Sons of Italy of CanadaThis scholarship was established by the G. Verdi and Princess Marie Jose Lodges, a fraternal order of Canadians of Italian affiliation working together to achieve service and charity to those in need through involvement in the political, social, and economic life of the community.  The Sons of Italy also strive to promote the rich Italian heritage through its work in preserving the Italian language, culture, and traditions in Canada.  Successful candidates must be a graduate of an Ontario Canada High school who is a junior majoring in any Criminal Justice program field at LSSU with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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.

George and Virginia Lahodny Endowment Scholarship

lahodny-george-lDr. Kenneth Light, past President of LSSU, called George Lahodny “the embodiment of involvement.” Lahodny organized and directed many important civic activities in the Detroit area and played an instrumental role in the fundraising for the University’s Walker Cisler Center and the Tower of History in Sault Ste. Marie. He spearheaded several fundraisers for the Boy’s Club of Detroit and a $7 million effort that led to the construction of Detroit’s Cobo Hall. Lahodny served on the LSSC Board of Control and was the board chair at the time of his death in 1982. He actively supported LSSC and many other institutions and public activities throughout Michigan. This merit scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, as determined by GPA, ACT, and class rank.

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.

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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.

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Health Sciences

Vivian M. Day Endowed Nursing Scholarship

dayMaurice and Vivian Day, former residents of Sault Ste. Marie and strong supporters of Lake Superior State University, established the Vivian M. Day Endowed Nursing Scholarship in 1995. Vivian was a longtime registered nurse and it was their wish to recognize a nursing student of sophomore status who demonstrates leadership and dedication to the nursing profession.

War Memorial Hospital – Bonnie Crabb-Tremblay Nursing Intern Scholarship

warmemorialThis scholarship was established to recognize (2) outstanding LSSU nursing students who have completed their internship at War Memorial Hospital and exhibits the passion to provide outstanding patient care as Bonnie Crabb-Tremblay — a 1976 LSSU alumna and a member of the War Memorial Hospital staff for over 30 years. Bonnie was a true example of what one should be as a nurse professional. The recipients are selected based on a recommendation of the WMH leadership staff and the LSSU nursing faculty.

War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

warmemorialThe origin of the War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary dates back to a small group formed in 1903. Beginning with six members, the auxiliary has become a dynamic arm of the hospital, numbering approximately 250 members. Along with providing its many services, the auxiliary formed a Remembrance Fund in 1950 for the purpose of giving interest-free loans to deserving students in the nursing field. The Auxiliary established this scholarship in 1998 to benefit a nursing student of sophomore or junior status who demonstrates community leadership and a dedication to working in the nursing profession.

War Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Nursing Scholarship

warmemorialThis scholarship was established by the War Memorial Hospital medical staff to assist LSSU nursing students. Successful candidates must have at least 26 LSSU credits and enrolled in the BSN or BSN completion program. Recipients must be from the tri-county area, demonstrate financial need and has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA.

William & Hazel Mulligan Nursing Scholarship

hazel-mulligan_webThe named scholarship is established by Hazel F. Mulligan (1916-2010) through a bequest stipulating that a nursing scholarship be created in the name of William (1912-1997) & Hazel Mulligan. Hazel was a homemaker, avid bridge player, golfer and accomplished painter. She loved to travel and did so with her husband and many friends. William and Hazel were married for over 60 years until his death in 1997. Hazel passed away in 2010 at the age of 94. Recipients must be accepted in the BSN program with at least 26 LSSU credits and 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.

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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.