Sam Cohodas was a longtime Upper Peninsula businessman, philanthropist and the 1987 recipient of LSSU’s 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 serviced many high schools and colleges in the Upper Peninsula including the LSSU scholarship that he established in 1987. Successful candidates must be a graduate of a Michigan Upper Peninsula high school with selection based on GPA, academic excellence and financial need.