Michigan Charter Boat Association (MCBA) Establishes Endowed Scholarship for LSSU Fisheries Students

Photo: Left to right; Andrew Rubenstein, Director of Annual Fund and Athletic Development; Dr. Kevin Kapuscinski, Martin Vanderploeg Endowed Assistant Director of Research; Christopher Wedding, 2023-2024 annual scholarship recipient of the MCBA Fisheries Scholarship; Linda Haslett, member of MCBA; Dr. Ashley Moerke, Dean, College of Great Lakes Ecology and Education, Executive Director of CFRE. Seated (l to r) Dr. Kimberly Muller, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Richard Haslett, Vice President of MCBA.

(Sault Ste. Marie, MI) – The Lake Superior State University Foundation is pleased to recognize the Michigan Charter Boat Association (MCBA) for their generous gift to create a scholarship endowment that will provide financial assistance to students pursuing a degree in fisheries. Their generosity is a significant step in the continuing mission of providing exemplary educational opportunities at Lake Superior State University. Established in 1972, the Michigan Charter Boat Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization of professional, United States Coast Guard licensed captains and their safety inspected vessels. The association and its membership have a flawless safety record over several decades guiding fishermen and women on sport fishing excursions on four Great Lakes surrounding the State of Michigan. “I am honored to present Lake Superior State University with a check to establish the Michigan Charter Boat Association Fisheries Scholarship Endowment,” said Captain Rich Haslett, Vice President of MCBA.” I have observed the outstanding work LSSU has done to protect the fisheries of our Great Lakes. LSSU has a superior education program that will help protect our Great Lakes fisheries for years to come. The Michigan Charter Boat Association is proud to support the research efforts at the Center for Freshwater Research and Education, and most importantly to the students as they pursue their education degree and their career opportunities in fisheries.”

The MCBA created an annual scholarship at LSSU in 2018 to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in the LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife Management program with a focus on fisheries. To date five students have benefitted from their annual scholarship support. With their most recent gift to create an endowment, a scholarship will be awarded into perpetuity. Successful candidates must be a full time student of at least junior status majoring in the Fisheries and Wildlife Management program, with a focus on fisheries who has earned a minimum 3.0 GPA. If there is no eligible candidate, a student majoring in a School of Natural Resources program with a focus on fisheries may be considered. “We are profoundly grateful to the Michigan Charter Boat Association for their generosity in establishing this endowment,” said Dr. Ashley Moerke, Dean for the College of Great Lakes Ecology and Education. “Their commitment to education and fisheries conservation aligns perfectly with our mission, and we are excited to be able to support more students that will leave a lasting legacy of positive change in the Great Lakes region.”

For more information on the Michigan Charter Boat Association Fisheries Scholarship or for information
on establishing a scholarship to make an impactful difference to LSSU students in their chosen field of
study, please contact the LSSU Advancement Office at 906-635-2665 or .