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Marian and Raymond Chelberg Outstanding Science/Athlete Scholarship Fund
Professor 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. In 1959, Michigan Technological University named him Teacher of the Year. He wrote a "Workbook for First Year College Chemistry" that was used throughout the United States. 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 grade point average of 3.0 or higher, who demonstrates leadership abilities and contributes significantly to the success of the athletic team on which he or she is a letter-winner.

Christina Comito Memorial Fund
This named endowment was established in memory of Christina Comito, a 1992 LSSU graduate and Laker women's basketball player from 1988-1992. She scored over 1,000 points in her Laker basketball career and received the Outstanding Student Award in Exercise Science in 1992. Tragically killed in an automobile accident in October 1995, Christina was a fierce competitor and a standout basketball player. She had a will to succeed both on and off the court. At the time of her death, Christina was a therapist at Henry Ford Hospital and was attending classes to enter medical school. Her named endowment benefits both the women's basketball program and Christina's major – exercise science and is awarded annually to the player "who excels in dedication skills, hard work and attitude on the court and in the classroom". The recipient is selected by the women's basketball coaching staff, Athletic Director, and the coordinator of the LSSU Exercise Science Program. A plaque, donated by the Comito family, commemorates the recipients and is displayed in the James Norris Center lobby.

Ronald "Bud" Cooper Endowed Award
Ronald "Bud" Cooper spent more than 30 years of his life as an athlete, coach and athletic director at Lake Superior State University. In that time, he demonstrated a tremendous loyalty to his teammates, staff and the University. His tenacity matched his loyalty as an athlete, and he performed well in competition and in the classroom.

Bud Cooper was a superb athlete for the Sault Branch and an exceptional coach and longtime athletic director. He is one of two men instrumental in establishing the LSSU hockey program and Athletics Hall of Fame. His passion and support of the University as an athlete, coach, athletic director, alumnus and faculty emeritus are unsurpassed. In 2000, the Norris Center gymnasium was named the Ronald "Bud" Cooper Gymnasium to honor Bud for his tremendous support to Laker Athletics and LSSU.

The Ronald “Bud” Cooper Endowed Award will be given to student athletes who have earned at least a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The award recipients will represent each of the Division II women’s and men’s non-fully funded athletic programs – softball, tennis, golf, track & field, and cross country.

Jim Fallis Endowed Athletic Award
This award is named in honor of Jim Fallis (wrestler), the first four-time All-American at Lake Superior State College. Following graduation, Jim coached and taught for 12 years at LSSU. He served as the University's director of Athletics from 1986-1993. In 2005, he was inducted to the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements as a LSSU athlete, coach and athletic director. A merit based award, the recipient must have been an All-American honoree, in any sport, the previous academic year with a minimum GPA of 2.5. The scholarship selection is made by a recommendation from the LSSU Athletics Department.

James R. Mason Memorial Scholarship
James R. “Jim” Mason (1917 – 2006) was a lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie, with an almost equally long passion for the sport of hockey. In his youth, he played on outdoor rinks around the area every chance he could, in addition to being a member of organized teams at Kaine’s Rink and the Pullar Stadium. Some of his most memorable times were when the Detroit Red Wings traveled here for training camps. Later, he spent many years involved in coaching and supporting area Bantam and Jr. League hockey at the Pullar, assisting with the Soo Indians and serving as manager for the Sinclair Warriors Travel Team. Jim followed the LSSU Lakers program and attended many of their home games. In his later years he spent many enjoyable hours listening to the Lakers game broadcasts. As a tribute to his contribution to area hockey, Jim’s family and friends established this scholarship for a deserving freshman or transfer Laker hockey player with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to residents of Chippewa, Luce or Mackinac County of Michigan who have played hockey for at least one season in the Sault Amateur Hockey Association (any of their recreational or travel programs) or for a Chippewa, Luce or Mackinac County of Michigan secondary institution.

Dillon F. Menard Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2007 by LSSU employees, alumni, and friends of the University who wish to reward students who are members of the LSSU track and cross-country team. In October 2010 the scholarship was renamed to honor Dillon F. Menard who died unexpectedly at the age of 19 in August 2010. A graduate of Negaunee High School, Dillon was starting his second year at Lake Superior State and was a member of the LSSU Track & Field team.

A successful candidate must be a member of the LSSU track and cross-country team who is not currently receiving any other athletic scholarship support. The recipient is at least sophomore status who has earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Selection is based on the recommendation of the LSSU Athletic Director and the track & cross-country coaches.

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Ruth M. Norvell Endowment Fund
Ruth Norvell was a great friend and supporter of Lake Superior State University. She was volunteer and contributor to more than a dozen local organizations and a personal friend and advisor to a generation of Laker hockey players. She had a generous heart and tremendous Italian pride. Employed at Lake State from 1980 until her retirement in 1995, Ruth continued to give back to LSSU and to her community with her financial support and of her time. Prior to her death in March 2002, Ruth and her husband, Henry established this endowment to benefit a hockey walk-on or partially funded student-athlete who has been accepted as a member of the Laker hockey team.

Dr. Harry Pike Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Harry Pike started his career at LSSC as Dean of Students in July 1969 and served in various administrative capacities retiring in April 1997. His steady support of Athletics as a vital cog in the student-service operations at LSSU, coupled with his 28 years of service to the University is testimony in naming a merit-based athletic scholarship in his honor. This scholarship selection is based on a recommendation from the LSSU athletic department.

Madan Saluja Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established by alumni and friends to honor LSSU faculty member, Dr. Madan Saluja. Having taught at LSSU for more that 40 years, Dr. Madan Saluja is well known for his courses’ rigor and his personal high expectations of students.

He received the Michigan Teaching Excellence Fund award in 1991 and was the first professor in the School of Business to receive LSSU’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 1995. More recently he was named Laker of the Year for the 2010-2011 academic year by the LSSU Student Government. In addition to his teaching awards, Saluja is credited with establishing the semester coffee socials on campus and the annual dinner that recognizes graduating Business seniors and honors a Distinguished Alumnus/a. He has served as the faculty representative to the LSSU Foundation Board of Directors, as well as on the fundraising committee for the LSSU Arts Center and South Hall Renovation Projects. Saluja was instrumental in establishing the School of Business/Lambda Scholarship and has helped raise more than $225,000 to support the endowment. A native of India, he was the captain of the track and field team and held a long distance running record at his alma mater Delhi University. Under his leadership the team won the Inter-university championship (similar to an NCAA championship) in athletics - track and field events in 1959. Dr. Salua's LSSU legacy also includes children Anita Saluja, MD, '93, Mathematics and Vijay Saluja, MD, '98, Business Administration.

Successful candidates must be a member of the LSSU Track or Cross Country athletic team with a preference to students who are pursuing a degree in a School of Business program or earning a minor in a business program with a GPA of 3.0 higher. Selection is based on the recommendation from the LSSU Athletic Director, LSSU track & cross-country coaches and a member of the School of Business faculty.

Gil Somes Endowed Award
This named endowment was established to honor Gil Somes, a man who has been 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. Although now retired, Gil continues to have a strong tie to Laker Hockey – At every game you can be sure to see Gil behind the Laker bench serving as a morale booster, historian, but most of all, the team's best friend. He has been with the Lakers through each of their three NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) titles in 1988, 1992, and 1994. He continues to be a good friend and strong supporter of LSSU. Recipients must be a full-time LSSU student in any degree curriculum working as a student equipment manager or student athletic trainer for the LSSU Athletic Department with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Selection is made by the Athletic Director and Athletic Coaching Staff.

Chris Yanni Memorial Scholarship
This award was established in memory of Chris Yanni, who had a strong interest in outdoor recreational activities and a concern for the protection of natural resources. Chris was a strong advocate for athletics and the virtues of clean, healthy living. The recipient for this scholarship must be one of the top-seven runners of the LSSU men's cross country team who has made significant contributions to the success of the LSSU cross country program.