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Rebecca "Becca" Arms Scholarship
Rebecca (Becca) Arms (1985-2009) was a life long resident of Michigan. She selected Lake Superior State University and fell in love with the college and the town. She was very active with campus life and a committed and involved member of the Sigma Lambda Sigma Sorority. Becca was a huge fan of Laker Hockey and a big advocate for Lake State and the values the University holds dear. She received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in History in 2008.

Becca was an avid traveler and people-lover. She had been to Europe several times. She related well with others, no matter their age. Becca’s passion was teaching and working with children; helping them reach full potential. Unfortunately, at the age of 23, her time was cut short before she was able to have a classroom of her own. This scholarship is Rebecca Arms’ legacy to Lake Superior State University and its students.

Successful candidates must be a student with at least 26 LSSU credits and a minimum GPA of 3.0 who is majoring in the Early Childhood or Elementary Education program. Preference will be given to students who are members of the Sigma Lambda Sigma sorority.

Georgia G. Gianakura Mathematics in Education Scholarship
This endowment was established by Catherine Gianakura Rogg to honor her mother, Georgia. At the time of her high school graduation, Georgia was planning to attend Michigan State University to become a mathematics teacher. As she was preparing to move to Lansing, her father became ill. She made the choice to care for her father and attend to the needs of her family. Throughout the years of raising her own family, she often served as a teacher's aide in mathematics at area elementary schools in Sault Ste. Marie. This scholarship is to be granted annually to a student who is pursuing a degree in Education with a major in Mathematics.

Donald A Sedestrom Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is established in memory of Donald A. Sedestrom, a Michigan public school teacher and certified counselor. Donald was a 1949 graduate of the Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology, and earned a masters degree from Central Michigan University. Recipients must be a Teacher Education major who is a Michigan resident with at least 26 LSSU credits and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Robert O. Wallis - CMARSP Scholarship
Robert O. Wallis was an educator for over 30 years, having served 28 years with the Sault Area Public School system as a teacher, coach, athletic director and principal. Following his retirement, he became active with both the local chapter and state organization of the Chippewa-Mackinac Area Retired School Personnel (CMARSP) and served 10 years on the state board of directors. The CMARSP chapter is an association of retired public school and state university personnel whose purpose is to promote social, professional and economic status and general welfare of retired school employees. Scholarship recipients must be pursuing a profession in the field of teaching to be eligible.

Daune Weiss Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2000 in memory of Daune Weiss, a prominent Gaylord businesswoman who was tragically killed in a plane crash in October 2000. Just prior to her death, Daune was appointed to the LSSU Foundation Board of Directors. She was instrumental in establishing the Lake State Classic Golf Tournament and had contributed greatly to its planning and success. This scholarship gives preference to students from Otsego and Mackinac counties majoring in Elementary/Secondary Education or Business who has earned at least 26 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

W. Gordon & Adela J. Wilman Scholarship
A long-time Sault resident and world traveler, Gordon Wilman wished to fulfill a request of his beloved wife of 61 years, Adela, who passed away in July 2007. Together the Wilmans enjoyed traveling to many places and raising a family. Gordon worked 44 years for Edison Sault Electric Company until his retirement in 1985. Adela loved to fish, enjoyed gardening and playing cards, but mostly treasured time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. One of their proudest moments was to see granddaughter Julie Suggitt graduate from Lake Superior State University in May 2007. Their daughter Kimberly and grandson David Suggitt also attended Lake Superior State.
It was always Adela’s desire to help local students who dreamed of being a teacher. To fulfill her wish, Gordon established an annual scholarship - the W. Gordon and Adela J. Wilman Scholarship. Upon Gordon’s death in February 2013, his trust designated that a permanent endowment be established to continue his wife’s wish and create a lasting legacy.

Eligible candidates must be an incoming freshman from Sault Area High School pursuing a degree in teaching. If there is no eligible candidate, a student from a Chippewa, Mackinac, or Luce County high school may be considered.