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449th Bombardment Wing Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the officers, men and civilian employees of the 449th Bombardment Wing of Kincheloe Air Force Base upon its deactivation due to the base closing in 1977. The friendships and mutual supportive efforts between the men and women of the 449th and the residents of the Eastern Upper Peninsula have been strong and has played a very important part in the area’s history and in the history of the Strategic Air Command. A display is on campus commemorating the 449th, so that future generations will be aware of the history of contributions to the country and the EUP. Selection for this scholarship is merit based and is awarded to entering freshmen who have graduated from a Chippewa, Luce or Mackinac county high school.

LSSU Achievement Scholarship
This scholarship was established by members of the LSSU faculty and staff to provide an opportunity to recognize students who have shown academic improvement, have overcome adversity, and/or have achieved an important goal in their lives while attending LSSU. Successful candidates must be a full-time student with at least 26, but no more than 124 LSSU credit hours with a GPA of 3.0 or higher majoring in major course of study offered at LSSU.

Guy Adda Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Pierre and Lucette Adda established this scholarship in 1987 in memory of their son, Guy, who died in 1978 after a long fight with cancer. He was a 1973 LSSU psychology and law enforcement graduate. Although never a grade "A" student, Guy was a hard worker. He had a special gift for making people laugh and he always lent a helping hand. The recipient must be from southeastern lower Michigan with selection based on academic grade point average, class rank and ACT score.

LSSU Alumni Association Legacy Award
The LSSU Alumni Association Legacy Endowment Award was established in 2013 to benefit a child or grandchild of a dues-paying member of the LSSU Alumni Association who is pursuing a four year degree at Lake Superior State University.
Regular membership status in the LSSU Alumni Association shall consist of all dues-paying individuals who have been enrolled and earned the equivalent of two years of academic credit at Lake Superior State University or attended its predecessor institutions including the Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology, Sault Branch of Michigan Technological University, and Lake Superior State College.

Successful candidates must be a full-time student majoring in any course of study at LSSU with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and complete an LSSU Alumni Association Legacy Award application and complete a minimum 250 word essay. This is a non-renewable award; however, past recipients are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Online Application

William (Bill) Ayers Memorial Scholarship
Established by friends, family and business associates in memory of William Ayers, this scholarship pays tribute to a man who aided in many ways in the development of high school and college basketball in Sault Ste. Marie and outlying areas. He was committed to helping the youth of the community through basketball programs. All compensation he received as the Sault High School coach was turned back to the program to help pay for team trips, uniforms and equipment. The scholarship recipient must be a Sault High graduate majoring in any course of study at LSSU with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Selection is made by the LSSU Financial Aid Committee upon recommendation of the Sault Area High School Faculty Honor Committee.

Esther (Ball) Beeten Memorial Scholarship
Esther (Ball) Beeten was born in Petoskey, Michigan in 1920. She moved to Brimley as a child and graduated from Brimley High School as the salutatorian of her class. Due to a lack of financial aid she was unable to attend college, which was a life-long regret.

After raising a family she became a licensed realtor and real estate broker in Hawaii. She was a lifelong learner and traveler who also lived in Japan, California, and Florida. She was an avid outdoor person who enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and boating. During retirement she was also an avid reader, bird watcher, gardener and volunteer. Others knew her for her sense of humor and outreach.

Her daughter, Cindy Day and son-in-law, Norman, established the Beeten scholarship. Beeten and her daughter always loved Michigan's Upper Peninsula Therefore, it's fitting to establish a scholarship at Lake Superior State University for students from Esther's alma mater, Brimley High School. Successful candidates must be a graduate from Brimley High School majoring in any course of study at LSSU with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Richard I. Blankenbaker Memorial Scholarship
This award was established by the family of Richard I. Blankenbaker, a man who overcame poverty to own a supermarket chain and who devoted much of his life to public service. Mr. Blankenbaker was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who loved to visit the DeTour area. He shared his love of the northwoods with his children and grandchildren. Preference is given to graduates of DeTour High School, with the award being based on grade point average.

Leah Marie Bollin Memorial Award
This endowment was established by the family of Leah Marie Bollin (who was killed in an automobile accident in August 2001) with the hopes that other students who have epilepsy will embrace the spirit that made Leah the remarkable young woman she was. She never let her epilepsy hold her back from anything she wanted to do. She made sure that people knew she had epilepsy and that she was accepted or rejected on those terms. The way she led her life was both inspirational and educational to all those around her as she fought to foster understanding about her condition and the learning disabilities that many times accompany it. Candidates must complete a questionnaire (may be picked up at the LSSU Financial Aid Office, LSSU Foundation Office, or Counseling Center) along with three letters of recommendation from teachers, clergy, counselors or leaders of the community. Candidates must have earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher with financial need. Students with other seizure disorders (including Multiple sclerosis, Cerebral palsy, Muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’ disease) will be considered. Candidates are recommended by a scholarship selection committee.

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Kurt and Mary Brammer Scholarship
Arriving from Denmark in 1923 and settling in Chicago, Kurt Brammer started at L.E. Myers Company as an apprentice electrician to later become the company’s chairman of the board. Mary Brammer’s grandfather, the Reverend Frederick Bagnell, homesteaded on Neebish Island near the Sault in 1896 and used the island for religious retreats. The Brammers were summertime residents of Neebish Island and followed the development of then Lake Superior State College over the years. The Kurt and Mary E. Brammer Scholarship was established in 1981 with a gift of 10,000 shares of L.E. Myers Corporation stock. When asked why he established the scholarship, Mr. Brammer replied, "I like the way they [LSSC] do things. I like the kind of students they have." The scholarship is awarded to students based on GPA, ACT score and class rank.

C. Eugene Chang International Studies Scholarship
This 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.

Sam M. Cohodas Scholarship
Sam Cohodas was a longtime Upper Peninsula businessman, philanthropist and recipient of LSSU’s 1987 Distinguished Citizen Award. Sam was a World War I veteran and a charter Rotary Club member. He served as the Board Chairman of the Michigan Financial Corporation, which he organized and directed until 1986, and at the age of 92 was still the chairman of its nine subsidiary banks. His philanthropy has serviced many high schools and colleges in the Upper Peninsula including our scholarship that he established in 1987. Two scholarships are awarded annually to Michigan Upper Peninsula high school seniors based on high school grades, ACT scores, class rank, character, leadership and financial need.

Christopher Columbus Italian-American Society Award
This scholarship was created in 2011 to benefit students majoring in any course of study 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 Sainte Marie, Michigan 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. Successful candidates must be a member or descendant of a Christopher Columbus Italian American Society member who is of sophomore status with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

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

Angela Coullard Memorial Scholarship
Angela May Coullard (born May 4, 1990) was called to Heaven on February 24, 2005. Angela was a kind-hearted, gentle soul who found beauty in all people and things. She went out of her way to please others and make sure everyone felt special and welcome. Her smile lit up everyone's heart.

Angela's favorite thing was spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed camping and spent many memorable, happy days out at Monocle Lake. It was very important to Angela to keep in touch with everyone via MSN chat and her cell phone. While Angie always enjoyed electronics and music, she also loved to bake, pick berries, crochet, and sew.

Angela was not one to ever seek the limelight or boast of her accomplishments. Angela always gave 110 percent and excelled at many things. She was a straight-A student, a gifted artist who loved to sketch and draw, and an outstanding athlete. Her passion was swimming and being a member of the swim team for Sault Area High School. She placed fourth in the UP finals this year in the 100M butterfly and helped her team take the gold in 400M freestyle relay and silver in the 200M freestyle relay, in which they set a school record in both events.

Those who know and love her will never forget Angela's internal and external beauty. Her life was a universal example of how we should all live and celebrate life.

This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman who is a Sault Area High School graduate and has participated in a Sault Area High School athletic program for at least two seasons and has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Sam Dubow Scholarship
A coach, teacher, and administrator, Sam Dubow originally came to the United States as a Russian orphan and later became the principal of Sault Area High School from 1964 - 1979. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the development of the vocational education and alternative education programs. He also was involved in the construction of the present high school building. His outstanding service to his community, to coaching, and to his profession led to his induction into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame and to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame.

The Sam Dubow Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a Sault Area High School graduate(s) who exemplifies character and integrity through leadership skills, generosity, school involvement, respect of their faculty and classmates and dedication to their community.

First National Bank of St. Ignace Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the First National Bank of St. Ignace to assist a graduate of LaSalle High School of St. Ignace, Michigan. The student recipient must demonstrate academic aptitude, as determined by GPA, ACT score, and high school class rank.

H. Thayer Fletcher Scholarship Fund
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, H. Thayer Fletcher was dedicated to helping worthy young people. He established the first endowment scholarship fund at LSSU. This scholarship is awarded to entering freshmen, college transfers and current LSSU students from both Michigan and Canada who have achieved academic excellence in high school, previous colleges or at LSSU.

LSSU Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established in 1986 by the LSSU Foundation Board of Directors, this scholarship is awarded to high school seniors, community college graduates and current LSSU students. Selection is based on grade point average, ACT score and class rank.

Mary R. Gray Memorial Scholarship
Mary R. (Stuart) Gray was a long-time resident of Sault Ste. Marie, who was known and loved by many. She believed strongly in the value and integrity of work and education. She did not have the opportunity to go to college when she was younger. But in between working and raising her family, she continued her education at Lake Superior State University. Those classes brought her great joy and energy. Although the demands of work and family prevented her from earning a college degree, it would be her wish to help others in achieving this goal. Scholarship recipients are non-traditional students (students who did not enter college directly out of high school - at least one year) and have earned at least 26 LSSU credits.

Gus Macker Basketball Scholarship
Established 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.

Margaret Haag Endowed Scholarship
The name of this endowment was established by friends and family of Margaret Haag who was a former resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and an instructor in Chemistry and Biology at Lake Superior State University. Recipients must be a student tutor at the LSSU Learning Center who has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher and has successfully completed each course they wish to tutor with a minimum “B” grade or better. They must possess excellent interpersonal communication skills and a desire to help students succeed academically. The recipient is chosen by a selection committee.

Galen H. Harrison Pickford Scholarship
This endowment scholarship was established by Galen H. Harrison, a graduate of Pickford High School and a retired LSSU faculty member (1963-1996). Mr. Harrison believes in the importance of higher education and understands 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 GPA of 3.0 or higher majoring in any of the following LSSU academic programs: biology, chemistry, geology, nursing, mathematics, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental chemistry, or environmental science.

Philip A. Hart Memorial Scholarship
U.S. Democratic Senator from Michigan from 1958 to 1976, Phil Hart believed politics was a public trust to be earned and kept by public officials. Because of the way in which Senator Hart conducted his politics, he earned the title of "Conscience of the Senate." Politics was the noble art of governing for him, and governing was about building a better future for our children and our children’s children. This scholarship is awarded to students whose ideals and goals reflect those of the late senator. Successful applicants have demonstrated interest in public service through leadership roles and volunteer activities in school, community and church.

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Frank and Gladys Hoholik Scholarship
Frank 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 Hoholik 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 U.P., LSSC erected the bell tower with the Frank S. Hoholik Victory Bell prominently displayed in front of the LSSU Norris Center.

Crystal L. Housding Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was established by Sherilyn Duesing in memory of her mother, Crystal Housding who passed away in May 2009. She was a lifelong resident of Alanson, Michigan who worked in the Littlefield Public Schools for many years. Mrs. Housding was a very independent and resourceful woman, however, 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 GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate volunteer involvment and leadership skills. Financial need will also be a consideration.

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.

Roberts P. & Ella B. Hudson Foundation Scholarship
This named endowment was established through grants from the Roberts P. and Ella B. Hudson Foundation, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Michigan Governor Chase S. Osborn appointed Roberts P. Hudson as judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit in 1912. He was instrumental in the integration of the state bar and served as its first president in 1935. For many years, he was president of the Chippewa County Bar Association and continued to be active in the affairs of the American Bar Association. In 1903 he formed his first law partnership, Hudson and Davidson in Sault Ste. Marie and dissolved it 1928. In 1931 he went into partnership with Claude W. Coates and added Robert C. Kline, Jr. to the firm in 1946. Hudson was active in civic and fraternal affairs. He served as President of the Board for Central Savings Bank and was a member of the Masons and Knights Templar. He was an extensive traveler having traveled to Europe in 1929, South America in 1930 and spent winters in Mexico in the 1940’s.

Ella Bowen Hudson was a benefactor of state and local organizations throughout her life. Her father, Ozro Bowen was the Washington State Treasurer in the late 1800’s who is attributed to designing the Washington state seal. Mrs. Hudson established the Roberts P. and Ella B. Hudson Foundation in 1954 to benefit educational and charitable purposes in Chippewa County Michigan. Successful candidates must be a graduate from a Chippewa County, Michigan high school with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Robert M. Hunt Memorial Scholarship
The Robert M. Hunt Memorial Scholarship was established by the family of Robert M. Hunt and the Robert M. McCormick Tribune Foundation to offer half tuition and fees to a Sault Area High School graduate(s) who is a well-rounded student and demonstrates leadership skills and dedication to his or her community.

Former president and chief executive officer of Chicago Tribune Co., Robert Hunt was born in Sault Ste. Marie, where his father, Maurice, was former town mayor. Hunt graduated from Sault Area High School and attended Michigan State University. He worked at the Chicago Tribune Co. from 1950 to 1985 and went on to become president and publisher of the New York Daily News. Robert Hunt also served on the board of trustees of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and of Northwestern University. Robert Hunt saw great potential in everyone. Students at any grade level who tried hard were special to him because he knew that they were working to improve themselves. He was known as a dynamic leader who had the ability to motivate young people to attain their very highest levels of achievement.

Bruce and Marian Huston Family Scholarship
Bruce and Marian Huston lived in Lewiston, Michigan for more than 60 years. They raised four daughters who all graduated from Johannesburg-Lewiston High School. 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. 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 son, Tim, graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2012; their daughter, Cory, graduated in 2004, and Cory's husband, Kelsey Andersen, graduated in 2005. In addition, an exchange student they hosted, Madina Turysbekova, graduated from LSSU in 2008.

The Hustons always felt that LSSU offered their family a quality education. They were impressed with the small class sizes, dedicated staff, and quality of life that LSSU offered. In this spirit, Bruce and Marian Huston established an LSSU endowment in April 2012 to help Johannesburg-Lewiston high school students attend Lake Superior State University. In their estate planning, a trust was created that included a provision to fund their named scholarship. Upon the death of Marian in May 2012 and Bruce in February 2013, the Huston Family Trust presented LSSU with a wonderful gift - a $300,000 legacy scholarship endowment. “My parents were passionate about education and helping people who are trying to get ahead in life,” said daughter, Debra Phillips.

Selection is based on academic excellence and a recommendation of the Johannesburg Lewiston High School Academic Committee.

Amy Ignatowski Memorial Award
This named award was established by the family of Amy Ignatowski. Those who knew Amy knew a young lady with a very outgoing personality. She wore a perpetual smile that could light up a room, and she loved to share her positive attitude. She had many life-long friendships and made new friends everywhere she went. She thought friendship to be very important, and she had the utmost loyalty toward her friends, among whom she counted the many men and women with whom she served in the United States Coast Guard.

Amy believed in self-improvement–she loved exercising both mind and body and setting new challenges and goals for herself. She worked out almost every day and was a voracious reader of books. She loved listening to music and going to concerts. She enjoyed many outdoor activities, among them hiking, snowboarding, swimming, fishing and kayaking.

Having grown up in Sault Ste. Marie, LSSU was a natural choice for her and she attended classes there and was a member of Alpha Theta Omega sorority before her enlistment in the Coast Guard. Amy was attracted to the Coast Guard's lifesaving mission, and their can-do attitude made a perfect fit for her.

Amy’s assignments included WAGB-11 Polar Sea, aboard which she crossed the Arctic Circle, earning her “Blue Nose” certificate. She served briefly at USCG Air Station Humboldt Bay before attending A-School at Elizabeth City, NC for Aircraft Maintenance Technician training. She graduated with excellent scores and another group of friends.

The warm climate and Amy’s desire to fly in the HH-65 Helicopter influenced her choice of Corpus Christi, Texas for her first air station assignment as an AMT. She was working on earning her wings at the time of her death in May of 2008.

Air Station Corpus Christi Command saw fit to award Amy her wings posthumously, giving her the title of Petty Officer Amy Lynn Ignatowski, AMT3.

Eligible candidates must be an active U.S. Coast Guard member, Coast Guard Reservist or their dependents from USCG Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Active duty Coast Guard members must have completed a minimum of six months of military service and reservists must be in drilling status.

Eligible candidates may apply online: Click here to view form

George and Virginia Lahodny Endowment Scholarship
Dr. Kenneth Light, past President of LSSU, called George Lahodny "the embodiment of involvement." Mr. Lahodny organized and directed many important civic activities in the Detroit area. He 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. George 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 ACT score, class rank and grade point average.

Laker Student Leader Scholarship
Established by Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Ken Peress, this scholarship recognizes students who have made a difference in the lives of others on campus and/or in the community while attending Lake Superior State University. Students may demonstrate leadership qualities through such programs as athletics, academics, campus leadership activity, service, publications and communications (i.e. student newspaper/radio), and/or the performing arts. Candidates are nominated by LSSU Faculty and Staff. Selection is made by a selection committee consisting of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean - College of Arts, Letters & Social Sciences, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development, Athletic Director, and three faculty members appointed by the Provost on a rotating basis.

Laker Spirit Scholarship
This scholarship was created to recognize a student that exemplifies Laker Spirit while attending LSSU. The first scholarship award was given in honor of Carol Alexander who was employed by Lake Superior State University for 27 years. She was a well-loved member of the staff who was known for her cheery smiles and ability to break into song. She always had a smile on her face and everyone she met was a friend to her. Carol knew how to build community and demonstrated wholehearted enthusiasm to the Laker community in which she served. She lost her battle with stomach cancer on October 13, 2009. In addition, LSSU employees, past and present, will gather annually to honor her spirit of community and recognize the scholarship recipients and other faculty and staff who follow Carol’s lead of Laker pride and spirit. Successful candidates must be a full-time student majoring in any course of study at LSSU with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate involvement in community and campus activities.

Earl and Barbara (Prohazka) Larson Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Earl and Barbara Larson to honor Barbara’s father, Don Prohazka. In 1948, Prohazka was named to the Board of Control for the Soo Branch of Houghton's Michigan College of Mining and Technology (later to become Lake Superior State University). Upon his acceptance he said, "College education for the youth of our State becomes increasingly more necessary in this era...and more particularly to those of our immediate area. I shall consider it my duty to furnish the opportunity for all young people seeking better living through knowledge." In 1998 Earl Larson made an additional gift through a charitable gift annuity trust and in 2009 Barbara did the same. It is in the sentiment of the Larson and Prohazka family to continue the duty of Don Prohazka to provide the opportunity to our local students to earn a college education. Scholarship recipients must be high school graduates of the Eastern Upper Peninsula with selection based on GPA and ACT score and class rank.

Dr. Kenneth F. Light Memorial Award
Dr. Kenneth F. Light was president of Lake Superior State College (now Lake Superior State University) from 1982-1986. Light had a presence with the University for 15 years and a career in higher education that spanned three decades.

He joined the LSSC administration in 1965 as associate director and dean of the faculty, then was named vice president for academic affairs in February 1970. He left in June 1976 to become president of Oregon State Institute of Technology at Klamath Falls, before returning to Sault Ste. Marie to take the helm at LSSC. While president at LSSC, he was instrumental in establishing the LSSC Foundation as the fund-raising arm of the institution in 1983. Also during his tenure, the University's aquatic research laboratory was established, and academic programs such as automated systems engineering technology and fire science were added to the institution's degree offerings. Successful candidates must be a full-time student majoring in any course of study at LSSU with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students who are not current recipients of any LSSU scholarship and who demonstrate scholastic achievement and/or GPA improvement during their LSSU experience.

LSSU Support Staff Endowed Award
The LSSU Support Staff Endowed Award was established in 1999, through the efforts of the LSSU maintenance staff with the full support of the LSSU Support Staff President and Executive Board. The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to qualified applicants of participating LSSU Educational Support employees and retirees. Matching funds from retired University president, Dr. Robert Arbuckle and wife Lorraine, were matched to the maximum amount of $25,000.

Dr. Louis and Mae Lukenda Scholarship
Dr. 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 has remained strong through the years. He was the recipient of LSSU's Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1983, and he served on the LSSU Foundation's board of directors from 1987-2005. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University in 2007. A retired dentist who practiced in Sault, Ontario from 1954-1990, Dr. Lukenda also retired as chairman and CEO of Tendercare Michigan, a Michigan-based health care company employing 3,500 people. He was president of Tendercare Nursing Homes-Indiana and Tendercare Nursing Homes Ltd. In May 2001, when Lukenda Alumni House was established at LSSU, Dr. Lukenda said, "My central interests in life over the years…have been in education and health." He and his wife, Mae, passed along the passion for those causes to their seven children; four of them are teachers and three work in health care. It is in this spirit that the Lukendas established this scholarship. Successful candidates must be a graduate of an Ontario, Canada high school with 26 LSSU credits or transfer student who is majoring in any LSSU degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to students who are majoring in nursing, pre-medical, pre-dentistry, or elementary-secondary education programs.

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

Tony McLain Scholarship
Tony McLain is the 7th President of Lake Superior State University. His career in education has seen him in a variety of positions, from working as an English teacher to two superintendent positions. Prior to working at the Sault Area Public Schools he was superintendent of the Superior Central Schools in Eben Junction, Michigan. He also worked for the Thornapple Kellogg Schools, where he was a principal, curriculum director and guidance director for 16 years.McLain earned his doctorate from MSU in K-12 education administration, holds a master's degree in counseling and personnel administration and a bachelor's degree in English, both from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of Mason County Central High School in Scottville, Mich. Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman and a high school graduate with a GPA of 3.25 or higher from one of the five school systems: Mason County Central High School, Thornapple Kellogg, Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Superior Central or Sault Area High School. They must demonstrate leadership by participation in athletics, student council, community activities or other leadership involvement at the high school level. Preference is given to those with financial need.

Karen M. McLean Memorial Award
This endowment was established in April 2013 by Donald and Christine McLean in memory of their daughter to provide financial assistance to a LSSU student who is a graduate from a Michigan Chippewa County public education high school.

Karen was a bright, caring, compassionate person throughout her short life. She placed great value in family and friends; helping and caring for all creatures big and small. She was a lifelong learner, an avid reader and enjoyed writing short stories and poetry reflecting on her experiences in life. The two years she spent at Lake Superior State University (1988-90) were years she valued and spoke of fondly. The jobs she worked at always incorporated an aspect of helping others; health care, waitressing and volunteering at the Salvation Army. Karen is remembered as a person who, above all else, tried to minimize her needs and look out for others. Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman majoring in any course of study with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who is a graduate of a public high school in one of the following school systems: Brimley Area Schools, Detour Area Schools, Pickford Public Schools, Rudyard Area Schools, Sault Ste Marie Area Public Schools and Whitefish Township Community Schools. Financial need will be considered and this award is renewable based on meeting the LSSU scholarship renewal policy.

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

James and Melissa Myers Scholarship
The Myers family was one of the six original families who started the College of Mining and Technology - Sault Ste. Marie Residence Center in fall 1946.

Jim served as assistant professor of physical education, and as athletic director he established intercollegiate athletics for the college. He served as registrar and academic assistant to the director for 11 years. Jim’s effort, vision, and determination to build a first-class athletic program and university, and his success as a coach, resulted in his induction into the University’s Hall of Fame as “the father of the school’s intercollegiate athletic program.” In October 2000, the James Myers Drive -entrance to the James C. Norris Center — was dedicated to honor Jim Myers.

Melissa was a vital link between the college and the community. She was active in both campus and civic affairs. She took several classes on campus, was a contributing member of the faculty of women, served as director of the Hiawatha Council of Camp Fire Girls and taught in the Sault Ste. Marie Public Schools.

The James C. and Melissa H. Myers Scholarship was established by their two sons, James and Douglas, their daughter, Candace, and their spouses. Awarded to an incoming freshman, selection is based on high school GPA, ACT score and high school class rank.

Thomas J. O'Neil Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Tom O'Neil family to honor his memory and his belief in the importance of an education. Tom O'Neil had a difficult childhood and experienced many hardships growing up. He joined the military at age 18, serving in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard for more than 20 years until his retirement in 1979. He worked at LSSU's Canusa Hall (Food Services) for more than 14 years until his death from cancer in 1996. He will always be remembered for his vivid stories of the military and love for his family, good friends and good times. He was not afraid to speak his mind and always believed in fighting for the underdog. The Thomas J. O'Neil Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Michigan student who has earned at least 26 LSSU credits majoring in any course of study with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Leslie D. Opolka Memorial Scholarship
Leslie Opolka was a senior in the business administration program and employed in the LSSU Physical Plant at the time of her death in 1992. Employees of the Physical Plant, family and friends established a scholarship in Leslie’s memory to benefit a DeTour High School student attending Lake State. Applicants must be graduates of Detour High School, admitted to any LSSU program of study, and have financial need.

Chase S. and Stella B. Osborn Endowed Scholarship Fund
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. A resident of Sault Ste. Marie, his career was not limited to politics. 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 grade point average, ACT score, class rank and financial need.

John D. Peacock Award
This scholarship was established to benefit students with financial need who are employed at least part-time while majoring in any course of study at LSSU. John Peacock was a former judge and Detroit attorney who moved his family to Sault Ste. Marie in 1973 to open his own law firm, from which he practiced for 20 years. A longtime friend of the University, he served on the LSSU Foundation's board of directors. Peacock received an LSSU bachelor's degree in history in 1987 upon retiring from his law practice and 40 years after World War II interrupted his undergraduate studies. He said he enjoyed taking classes so much that he kept going, earning a second degree, in political science, in 1989. Peacock received one of LSSU's highest honors, the Distinguished Citizen Award (now Donald & Catherine Finlayson Award) in 1995. In 1998, in honor of the John Peacock family's dedication and commitment to the students of LSSU, the coffee house in the Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center was named "Peacock Cove."

Upon his death in August 2008, former LSSU President Rodney Lowman stated, "The University has lost a great friend and supporter with Mr. Peacock's passing. "He greatly valued education and his many contributions to the University will long be remembered."

Edwin Peterson Endowed Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2007 through an estate gift. Edwin Peterson was a native of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and a 1956 graduate of the Sault Branch of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now LSSU). Dr. Peterson started his career in 1958 as an Education Advisor in the 507th Fighter Wing, Air Defense Command, Kincheloe Air Force Base, Michigan. In 1972, he became the Chief of Education and Training, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Throughout his career, his innovation, significant accomplishments, and outstanding leadership impacted the quality of life and education of all Service members in the Pacific Air Forces, United States Pacific Command, and Department of Defense. Successful candidates must be a student tutor of the LSSU Learning Center with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who has successfully completed each course they tutor with a minimum "B" grade.

Frank and Marion Pingatore Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established with designated proceeds from the trust of Marion Pingatore. Frank and Marion were longtime residents of Sault Ste. Marie who operated Aunt Marion’s Food Market and Aunt Marion’s Norgetown Laundry and Dry Cleaning business. Frank served as city commissioner and mayor in the mid-to-late 1970’s. This scholarship is presented to a Sault Area High School graduate attending LSSU full time in any curriculum. Selection is based on a GPA of 3.0 or higher, ACT score and high school class rank.

Precision Edge Surgical Products Company Community Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Precision Edge Surgical Products Company to provide annual financial support to an incoming freshman who is a graduate of a Chippewa County, Michigan high school majoring in any course of study at Lake Superior State University. 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, Michigan. Originally operating in a 1,100 sq. ft. facility, its founder and his family hired and trained a talented young work force from the local area. The company expanded to outgrow a 14,000 sq. ft. facility located in Barbeau to operating today in a 37,000 sq. ft. facility in Sault Ste. Marie employing over 180 highly skilled workers. Selection is based on high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, ACT score, class rank and financial need.

Kelsey Raffaele Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Kelsey Raffaele was born on May 2, 1992 in Petoskey, Michigan. She was a senior at Sault Area High School and was getting ready to graduate in May 2010. She was a member of Business Professionals of America and after placing in a regional competition for website design, she was on her way to the state BPA competition. She, along with her twin sister, Courtney, was a member of the Sault High pompon squad. Kelsey was devoted to keeping the memory of her two friends, Chucky Hughes and Brett Barancik, alive. She was a very special girl, who was loved by all. Kelsey Dawn Raffaele passed away at the age 17 on Sunday, January 24, 2010 following an automobile accident in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Successful candidates must be an incoming freshman who is a Sault Area High School graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher majoring in any course of study. Preference is given to students who are members of the Business Professionals of America organization (BPA).

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

Ross N. Roe Scholarship
This scholarship was established through a gift from Ross Roe, a longtime Sault Ste. Marie businessman. In 1969, he originated an Indianapolis 500-style snowmobile race on a contained one-mile course adjacent to Lake Superior State College. The race is known as the International 500, which continues to be held annually on the first Saturday in February. The scholarship is awarded to a student with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher who must be a volunteer to the I-500 Snowmobile Race.

C. G. "Sandy" Sanderson Endowed Scholarship
"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 class rank, ACT score and high school GPA.

Sault Ste. Marie Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1976 to be awarded to those who have returned to college after at least a two-year interruption and have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Past president, Professor Emeritus Edeltraute L. Vialpando stated that this scholarship is "a memorial to members of the Club who have made such significant contributions toward the betterment of their community during their lifetimes. The membership believes that in their memory could best be honored by assisting a deserving student in obtaining a quality education at LSSU and continuing the work to which the Club members have devoted so much of their time, expertise and talent."

Sault/Loretto High School Scholarship Fund
Established in 1988 by a committee of Sault High and Loretto High graduates, this scholarship provides financial awards to Sault High graduates enrolled full time at LSSU. Gifts are from Sault High and Loretto High alumni and people of the local community. An aggregate donation of $250 entitles the donor to place a name on the Sault High/Loretto Wall of Honor plaque located in the lobby of the Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center. Selection is based on GPA, ACT scores and high school class rank.

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Father Donald (Don) Shiroda Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established through the estate of Father Donald Shiroda, longtime friend and supporter of Lake Superior State University. Father Don Shiroda was dedicated to the people and communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in his over fifty years of service as a Catholic priest. He was an example of a leader of faith and human kindness. Known for his tremendous compassion and concern for the community, people surrounded him regardless of their Catholic or non-Catholic faith. He came to Sault Ste. Marie in 1986 to preside over St. Joseph’s Catholic Church until his retirement in 1997. Among his many services to the Sault community, he served as the Sacramental Minister to the Catholic Campus Ministry at Lake Superior State University and became an avid Laker Hockey fan. He established a home for women with drug and alcohol addictions in 1989 and over 1,000 women have sought help through Hope House. Even after his retirement he continued to hold mass at the Freighter View Assisted Living until his death in March 2011. He was the people’s priest who enjoyed working with both young and old sharing a story, a smile and now a legacy for future generations of student volunteers. Successful candidates must be a resident within the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Marquette which encompasses the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must be a volunteer to a Upper Peninsula of Michigan charity that benefits and promotes women’s causes and are registered with the LSSU Volunteer Center for verification purposes.

Dr. Kenneth J. Shouldice Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Kenneth J. Shouldice was the first president of Lake Superior State University (1965-82) and the one who led LSSU through its most significant period of growth. He saw LSSU grow from a branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology into an autonomous degree-granting institution. During his tenure, student enrollment increased from 400 to more than 2,500 students. In 1976 he created the University’s scholarship endowment program offering financial aid support for the growing student population - many of whom were the first in their family to attend college. Many buildings such as Crawford Hall, James Norris Center, the Center for Applied Science and Engineering Technology, student residence halls, the Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center and the LSSU library that bears his name were constructed during his tenure. He was a man who possessed a tremendous drive and commitment to Lake Superior State University and to our local community. This merit-based scholarship is awarded to both entering freshman and current LSSU students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Larry Regan Smart Scholarship
Larry Regan Smart stated his desire was to help LSSU students attain a college degree. Through his trust he named LSSU as a residual beneficiary that created the Larry Regan Smart Scholarship Endowment. Upon his death in December 2013, his legacy gift is the largest contribution and biggest bequest in Lake Superior State University's history.

The son of Lawrence and Marguerite (Cowell) Smart, Larry was a Sault Ste. Marie native, graduating from Sault Area High School in 1951 and attending what was then the Sault Branch of Michigan Tech for two years, later transferring to the University of Michigan, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1955. After a year of graduate work at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, he joined the Navy OCS where he was commissioned as ensign in December 1956. He left active duty as a lieutenant after 4 ½ years of service.

Joining the New York Telephone Company, he worked through a variety of positions, ending as assistant vice president and assistant treasurer. With the advent of the breakup of the Bell Telephone System, he was assigned as director of finance for the NYNEX Corp. (now Verizon) eventually becoming corporate director of finance, where he was responsible for all finance, treasury and pension fund activities.

At 58, he retired from both NYNEX and Peter Rogers Associates, an advertising company, where he served as treasurer for 15 years concurrently with his telecommunication responsibilities. Smart was a founding director of the NYNEX Credit Company, a founding director of the First Women’s Bank of New York, and was elected to a number of honorary societies, including the Financial Executives Institute. He was featured on the cover of the Financial Dealer’s Digest in October 1987.

A conversationalist who was known for his great wit, Smart was a keen observer of world events, and an astute investor. Throughout his life, he believed in the importance of education, and as he was finalizing his trust, he said he knew naming LSSU would make a tremendous difference to Michigan’s smallest public university -- a difference that would create an everlasting legacy and change lives.

Mr. Smart said he wished to make the scholarship criteria as easy as possible for students to apply. Students may major in any course of study who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Consideration will be given for those students with financial need.

Edward C. and Hazel L. Stephenson Foundation Endowed Scholarship
The Edward C. and Hazel L. Stephenson Foundation was established in 1969 for the sole purpose of providing grants to schools, colleges and universities for scholarship in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Many of these grants were given to smaller colleges and universities to help attract top students. Founder Edward Stephenson worked as the vice president of finance for the former J. L. Hudson Company and lived with his wife Hazel, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. In 1976 the Stephenson Foundation established an annual scholarship and has provided over $214,000 to more than 700 students. The scholarship has assisted more students than any other single scholarship in the LSSU’s history. In 2003, the Stephenson Foundation announced that it was dissolving and would distribute its assets to a few select colleges and universities. The Edward C. and Hazel L. Stephenson Foundation Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior pursing a major at LSSU with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who is a high school graduate from the Michigan or Great Lakes region. The recipient(s) will be known as Stephenson Scholars.

Pam Williamson Upward Bound Award
This award, established by the alumni of LSSU’s Upward Bound program, is named for Pam Williamson who worked for the program in various capacities from its inception at LSSU in 1966 until she retired in 1996. The daughter of Hugo and Jane Williamson (Jane was also a gifted educator in the Sault area), Pam was born, raised, and returned to Sault Ste. Marie early in her career, to work with the Upward Bound program.

In every position she held at Upward Bound, students and staff fondly remember Pam and her gentle encouragement. She left a lasting impression on everyone by encouraging all to constantly strive to improve themselves, academically and personally. It was Pam who created and nurtured the atmosphere of unconditional positive regard that continues to this day at LSSU’s Upward Bound program. Another of Pam’s legacies is the program’s focus on instilling in the students a sense that doing well for oneself is not enough; we all must be ready to give back to our families and communities and try to make this world a better place. Recipients must be a past participant in the LSSU Upward Bound program who is enrolled full-time in any course of study.

Earl and Minnie Walker Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in memory of Earl and Minnie Walker, longtime residents and community leaders in Strongs, Michigan. Earl Walker is remembered as "Slippery" Walker, professional wrestler of the 1930s. He was a subject in John T. Nevill’s book, Wanderings, which offered tales of northern Michigan. Earl was also known as one of the last of the old-time politicians who took a personal interest in every person of his district. He served as a democrat in the local political spectrum for more than 50 years - most of them as county supervisor. Minnie Walker, in addition to raising four sons and two daughters, was the postmaster for Strongs for 30 years, beginning in 1933. She served as director of the National Association of Postmasters and also served as Chippewa County Postmasters director for 15 years. In 1989, Bob Walker became a recognized friend of LSSU. He shared his stories of traveling on all seven continents and of family memories. Upon his death in April 2001, Bob Walker continued his family’s legacy by naming LSSU as a beneficiary of his estate. The Earl and Minnie Walker Scholarship is now the fifth-largest endowment at Lake State. The Walkers valued education and encouraged their children and others to pursue a college education. To be awarded the Earl and Minnie Walker Endowment Scholarship, the recipients must demonstrate academic excellence.

William F. G. (Bud) and Gretchen Weber Scholarship
For 43 years Bud and Gretchen owned and operated Weber’s Floral, a business started by Bud’s father in 1901. Their contributions to the community that was so dear to them will continue to benefit the area residents for generations to come. Bud Weber played a vital role in the development of the City’s Charter which was adopted in 1951 during his tenure with the City Commission. He served on various boards and committees and volunteered his time with many organizations including the United Way, Lions, First United Presbyterian Church, Sault Beautification Committee, Library Board, Hospice, Cancer Society, American Red Cross to name just a few. In 1994 he received the Ambassador of Goodwill medal pin, the highest recognition received by a Lions Club member for humanitarian service. In 2003, he received the State of Michigan’s prestigious George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteers from Governor Jennifer Granholm. He also was honored in 2003 by the City of Sault Ste. Marie; dedicating the W.F.G. “Bud” Weber Park in recognition of his lifelong commitment of service to the community and its citizens. Gretchen was very active in the church group of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was very involved and supportive of her husband’s many interests in fundraising and volunteerism for the Sault community.

Successful candidates must be a full-time student majoring in any course of study at LSSU and has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who demonstrate volunteerism while pursuing their degree. Preference is given to Sault Area High School graduates.

Lottie, Florence, Dorothy Weinreich Memorial Scholarship
Dorothy Weinreich established this scholarship in honor of the three sisters. All were longtime residents of Sault Ste. Marie, and were very active in the community. Throughout their lives, Lottie, Florence and Dorothy were devoted to each other. It was only fitting when Dorothy bequeathed an endowment to LSSU that she would stipulate that her sisters receive equal recognition. Selection of the Weinreich scholarship is based on academic excellence.

Eugene L. Welch Endowment Scholarship
The Eugene L. Welch Endowment Scholarship was established by Barbara Welch Buchanan to honor her father. Eugene Welch owned and operated Welch’s Service, a Chrysler dealership, and Welch’s Motel during his longtime business career. He was born in Levering in 1897 and died in Sault Ste. Marie in 1988. Mr. Welch highly valued education for his family and encouraged them and others to pursue a college education. Successful candidates must be a resident of Michigan with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.