Redefining the Classroom

Scholarship closes in on third decade

Posted: August 22nd, 2008

CONTACT: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Sharon Dorrity, e-mail, 635-2665

FUNDING THE LEGACY – Lake Superior State University President Rodney Lowman, center, accepts a check from Sault Loretto alums in the University's Walker Cisler Center. The Sault/Loretto High School Scholarship Fund has reached an endowment level of over $200,000. From left are Verna Lawrence, Elise "Bim" VanDusen, Dr. Lowman, James Honkanen, and Ronald "Bud" Cooper. Behind everyone is the fund's Wall of Honor, where donors designate a naming opportunity that can be himself or herself, a friend, a family member, a classmate, a favorite teacher, or Class Year. (Photo by John Shibley)

A print-resolution photo can be found here.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- It was 1990 when a small group of community leaders gathered to talk about helping Sault High graduates make their dreams come true at Lake Superior State University. In the 18 years since, the Sault/Loretto High School Scholarship Fund has reached an endowment level of over $200,000 and has provided awards to more than 100 deserving Sault High graduates attending Lake Superior.

“The original committee roster reads like a Who’s Who of Sault Ste. Marie," says Dr. Tom Robinson, who has served on the committee since its inception.

Spearheaded by 1946 Sault High grad Denny Booth, the original committee includes Bud Weber, Sam Dubow, Judson (Bucky) Swart, Florence Caffey, Phil Andary, Barry Armstrong, Bud Cooper, Bill James, Frank Fazi, Dave Freeborn, John (Jack) Haller, Ken Bailey, Bob Hunt, Lois MacDonald, Tom Moher, Archie Spring and John Swart.

LSSU's Foundation Office sends out an appeal every year to Sault High and Loretto High alumni who may be interested in supporting this very special fund. And each year the fund receives close to $10,000 in donations.

The scholarship campaign has also become a unique way to honor a friend, favorite teacher or family member. A single contribution or an accumulated contribution of $250 entitles a donor to designate a name to be placed on the Sault/Loretto High School Wall of Honor plaque displayed in the LSSU Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center.

Today there are more than 350 persons and graduating classes featured on the plaque.

Accumulated contributions of $5,000 or more will create an annual perpetual scholarship in honor of an individual named by the donor. The named perpetual scholarships are placed on the Wall of Honor plaque and presented to deserving seniors at the Sault Area High School Academic Awards in May. Up to ten perpetual scholarships are awarded or renewed annually.

To learn more about the Sault/Loretto High School Scholarship, contact Sharon Dorrity at the LSSU Foundation, 906-635-2665 or send an e-mail to You may also learn more about the fund and the more than 100 other LSSU scholarships at