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Gil Somes Endowed Award

gsomesThis named endowment honors Gil Somes (1929-2015), a man who was a part of Laker Athletics for over 20 years. Starting in 1981 and until his retirement in 1994, Gil worked as the equipment manager for Laker Athletics. He was with the Lakers through each of their three NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) titles in 1988, 1992, and 1994. Recipients may major in any course of study with a minimum 2.5 GPA and is employed as a student equipment manager or athletic trainer. Selection is based on the recommendation of the Athletic Director and coaching staff.

Gilbert & Maxine Gleason Fisheries and Wildlife Scholarship

gleason-gilbertProfessor Emeritus Gilbert Gleason taught and advised in the Biological Science Department for 28 years. The first teacher of biology at Michigan College of Mining & Technology – Sault Branch, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Natural Wildlife History Museum located in Crawford Hall of LSSU. His life was devoted to his students and his love for the outdoors. His wife Maxine, also a devoted educator, taught fourth grade in the Sault Public School system for 30 years. It was their wish to provide assistance to those with the appreciation for the outdoor environment. Successful candidates must be a Fisheries & Wildlife major with at least 56 credits and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Gordon and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship

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

Great Lakes Mariner Scholarship

LSSU SealThis scholarship benefits a full-time student attending Lake Superior State University who is employed with Algoma Central Marine, American Steamship, or Oglebay Norton or may benefit their children or grandchildren. Successful candidates must be a full-time student pursing a degree in any area of study at LSSU with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Gus Macker Basketball Scholarship

gusEstablished in 1993 by the Sault Ste. Marie Gus Macker Committee, this scholarship is awarded to an entering LSSU freshman who resides and is a high school graduate from the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The student must demonstrate academic excellence and civic and school commitment.

Guy Adda Memorial Endowed Scholarship

adda-buyPierre 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 to always lend a helping hand. The recipient must be from southeastern lower Michigan with selection based on academic GPA, class rank and ACT score.

H. Thayer Fletcher Scholarship Fund

fletcherA native of Sault Ste. Marie, H. Thayer Fletcher was dedicated to helping worthy young people. He established the first endowed 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.

Harold Weiss Memorial Scholarship

weiss-haroldHarold Weiss was a retired member of the Michigan State Police where he served as a trooper, fire marshal officer, and detective. He served at various posts throughout Michigan, with his final post being St. Ignace. Harold was very supportive of LSSU and several of his children and grandchildren attended the University. Successful candidates must be a criminal justice major who is a Michigan resident and has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA of 3.0.

Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited Fisheries Scholarship

headwatersSince its founding in 1975 by three avid fly-fishermen, the Headwaters Chapter has grown to encompass five northeast Lower Michigan counties, including Otsego, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Alpena, and Montmorency. Trout Unlimited’s national mission is to conserve, protect, and restore watersheds that support wild trout and salmon. Successful candidates must be majoring in the Fisheries & Wildlife Management program, with a focus on fisheries who is a Michigan resident with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU Biological Sciences faculty.

Heidi Bailey Memorial Nursing Scholarship

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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.

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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.


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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.