Redefining the Classroom

Scholarship will help LSSU-bound freshman from Chippewa County public schools

Posted: April 25th, 2013

GIFT FOR LSSU-BOUND STUDENTS – Donald and Christine McLean sign documents with Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain, left, that create a scholarship in memory of their daughter, Karen. The Karen M. McLean Memorial Award is for any LSSU-bound freshman that is a graduate of Chippewa county public schools. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A Chippewa County commissioner and his wife have created scholarship in their daughter's memory. Donald and Christine McLean's gift will see to it that generations of Chippewa County college-bound students might better afford to attend Lake Superior State University.

The Karen M. McLean Memorial Award provides financial assistance to any incoming freshman that is a graduate from any Chippewa County public high school.

Karen McLean was a bright, caring, compassionate person throughout her short life. She placed great value in family and friends, helping and caring for all creatures big and small. She was a lifelong learner, an avid reader and enjoyed writing short stories and poetry reflecting on her experiences in life.

Karen M. McLean
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The two years she spent at Lake Superior State University (1988-90) were years she valued and spoke of fondly. The jobs she worked - health care, waitressing and volunteering at the Salvation Army - always incorporated an aspect of helping others. She is remembered as a person who, above all else, tried to minimize her needs and look out for others.

A scholarship award will be made each fall to an LSSU incoming freshman registered full-time and pursuing any area of study at LSSU. Applicants must be graduates of Brimley, Detour, Pickford, Rudyard, Sault Ste. Marie, or Whitefish Township Community public schools. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Financial need is also a consideration.

For more information about this or any one of the more than 100 scholarships and awards available at LSSU, call the LSSU Foundation Office at 906-635-2665 or run a search for “LSSU foundation scholarships” on the Web.

Run a Web search on "LSSU foundation giving" to make a contribution to the Karen M. McLean Memorial Award fund; type in her name under the "other gift designation" category.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Foundation Office, e-mail, 635-2665.