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Scholarships & Grants

Undergraduate Research Fund

Undergraduate research is an integral part of the student experience at Lake Superior State University. In fact, the University mission and vision statement emphasizes LSSU's role in helping students develop their full potential, as well as contributing to the growth, dissemination and application of knowledge. The Undergraduate Research Committee (URC) is charged with promoting and recognizing the student research efforts that occur across campus, as well as encouraging new efforts. The committee consists of faculty members from various academic disciplines and is currently chaired by Dr. Barb Keller, the Dean of the College of Natural, Mathematical and Health Sciences. One of the main roles of the URC is to oversee the Undergraduate Research Fund, a program sponsored by the LSSU Foundation that awards grants of up to $500 to students to support research-based equipment, supplies, and travel. The student grants are awarded once each semester on a competitive basis. To apply for a research grant, students must fill out the online application form, Before applying, students should first read the application guidelines.

General Scholarships

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 grade point average of 3.0 or higher, Value: Variable - renewable, Criteria: Merit-based; junior status; minimum 3.0 GPA. Curriculum: Engineering, Mathematics, Business, Biology, or Fisheries & Wildlife Management. Selected by: Financial Aid Committee through scholarship sign-up... watch for more details.

Michael Della-Moretta Memorial Scholarship
This 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.



Fisheries & Wildlife Scholarships

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. Value: variable - renewable for senior year. Criteria: merit based; junior or senior status; students who do not qualify for federal grants; earned at least 56 LSSU credits; minimum 3.0 GPA prior to the fall of the junior year Curriculum: fisheries and wildlife; biology major may be considered if there are no eligible fisheries and wildlife majors. Selected by: Recommendation of the School of Biological Sciences


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. Value: $500 - non-renewable. Criteria: merit based; senior status, resident of Michigan, preference given to students from the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited service area (Otsego, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Alpena and Montmorency counties). Curriculum: fisheries and wildlife with focus on fisheries. Selected by: Recommendation of the School of Biological Sciences

Hiawatha Sportsman's Club Fisheries and 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 thos who have participated in the HSC fish & wildlife study field trip. Value: $1,000 - non-renewable. Criteria: merit based; at least sophomore status; preference given to graduates of Engadine or Newberry High School and those who have participated in the HSC fish and wildlife study trip. Curriculum: fisheries and wildlife management program. Selected by: Recommendation of the School of Biological Sciences

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. Value: variable - non-renewable. Criteria: merit and need based; graduate of Sault Area High School with 26 earned LSSU credits, minimum 3.0 GPA. Curriculum: fisheries and wildlife management.

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. 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 sciences faculty.

Ben Meadows Natural Resources Scholarship
Scholarships will be administered through the Society of American Foresters (SAF). All scholarship hopefuls must be enrolled in an SAF-accredited (or non-SAF accredited) or SAF-candidate curriculum as a junior or senior enrolled in a natural resource program working toward a bachelor of arts or science degree, which includes, but not limited to, agro forestry, urban forestry, environmental studies, natural resource management, natural resource recreation, wildlife management, wood science and fisheries management. There will be two scholarships awarded in the amounts of $2,500 each. Ben Meadows is looking for students who stand out in achievement or leadership. Each award will be presented separately based upon acceleration in one of these qualifications. Specific criteria and applications are available here. -

External Grants & Scholarships - Administered by the listed organizations