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Anglers of the Au Sable Fisheries Scholarship
The Anglers of the Au Sable are a 600 member strong, environmental conservation organization founded in Grayling, Michigan in 1987. The organization is 100% affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF). Their mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the Au Sable River system for future generations of fly fishers. The Anglers of the Au Sable is much more than a fishing club. The organization’s activities are driven by issues affecting the greater Au Sable ecosystem. To that end, they have and will continue to intervene in: fishing and recreational legislation, pollution and other environmental problems, stream improvement programs, and educational programs. Successful candidates must be a student of senior status majoring in the Fisheries and Wildlife Management program, with a focus on fisheries with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a Michigan resident. Selection is recommended by the Biological Sciences faculty.

Gilbert Gleason Fisheries and Wildlife Scholarship
Professor 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. It was his wish to provide assistance to those with the appreciation for the outdoor environment. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has completed two years or 56 credits in the fisheries and wildlife program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

William R. Gregory Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of William R. Gregory, former president of Edison Sault Electric Company. He has served as a member of the LSSU Board of Trustees and the LSSU Foundation Board. He received LSSU's Distinguished Citizen Award in 1986. Former 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 GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Joseph and Bonnie Halvorsen Memorial Scholarship
The Joseph and Bonnie Halvorsen Memorial Endowment was established by the Halvorsen’s children to provide financial assistance to any LSSU student pursuing a career as a park ranger for the state of Michigan or National Park Service. They were married in Manistique, Michigan on April 15, 1952, shortly after Halvorsen began his career with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He worked up through three park ranger grades to assistant park manager at nearby Indian Lake State Park. All five of their children were born while the family lived in Manistique.

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. In 1977 he was promoted to assistant regional parks supervisor, working out of Marquette. He retired in 1991 as an assistant regional parks supervisor. 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.

Successful candidates must have at least 26 LSSU credits (sophomore status) majoring in parks and recreation, natural resources technology, environmental science, conservation biology, or fisheries and wildlife management.

Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited Fisheries Scholarship
Since 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. Besides fostering conservation efforts and fishing, the chapter offers youth fly casting workshops and a newsletter for area enthusiasts. Trout Unlimited’s national mission is to conserve, protect, and restore watersheds that support wild trout and salmon. The Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited Fisheries Scholarship will provide financial assistance to senior students majoring in the program, with a focus on fisheries. Candidates must be full time with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a resident of Michigan. Preference is given to students who are from the Headwaters Chapter area. Selection is made by the LSSU’s Biological Sciences faculty.

Hiawatha Sportsman's Club Fisheries & Wildlife Scholarship
The Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club was organized in 1927 by a group of people who were interested in establishing an area of land to serve as a vacation center that would appeal to people of all walks of life. Members of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club enjoy 35,000 acres of wilderness located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that is rich in history, hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and more.

Successful candidates must be a student of at least sophomore status majoring in Fisheries & Wildlife with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to high school graduates of Engadine or Newberry High School and to those who have participated in the HSC fish & wildlife study field trip.

Wendy J Sak Memorial Fisheries & Wildlife Award
This named annual scholarship was established to honor the memory of LSSU alumna Wendy Sak, who was killed at the age of 35 as a result of a tragic auto accident in May 2012.

Wendy was a Burton, Michigan native, graduating as co-valedictorian from Atherton High School in 1994. In 1998, she graduated from LSSU cum laude, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Management with a minor in Law Enforcement. At the time of her death, Wendy was a major account executive for Charter Business. She was extremely proud of working with her Charter A-Team and won many awards for excellence in sales.

While earning her degree at LSSU, Wendy was an integral part in the formation of the LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club. She served as a club officer and was very active in Club events. The LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club is now a multiple award-winning student organization.

She was instrumental in reorganizing and revitalizing the Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association. Under Wendy’s active involvement, the organization grew from 100 to 500 members and greatly expanded the number of events it hosts to promote sustainability of the natural resources within the Grand Traverse community area.

Wendy was an avid outdoorswoman who loved hunting and fishing with family and friends. She had a great sense of humor and was known for her dynamic and outgoing personality. Wendy will be forever remembered as having a love for life, love for her family and friends, and love for her University – Lake Superior State University.

Successful candidates must be a full time student of at least sophomore status with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and an active LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club member. Selection is based on the recommendation by the biological science faculty.

Izaak Walton Lock City Chapter Scholarship
This scholarship was established to ensure the mission of the Izaak Walton League “to save outdoor America for future generations.” Named after Izaak Walton, the 17th century English angler-conservationist who wrote the literary classic “The Compleat Angler” which serves as a constant reminder of their mission. Today the League’s 50,000 members fight to protect the nation’s soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife. During the 1960s and 1970s the League launched the Save Our Streams program and broke the political ground necessary for passage of the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act. The scholarship recipient must be a Sault High graduate majoring in the fisheries and wildlife management program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.