Scholarships

The SVRC offers several scholarships for our students veterans. The open and close dates on these vary, so you’ll need to check with the SVRC for the deadlines at the start of the Spring semester.


Lou Bender Endowed Scholarship

Opens: January 15th, 2021

Closes: March 8th, 2021

Award: A minimum $500 for veterans attending MSU to be awarded for spring, summer or fall semester. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Qualified applicants must have served on active duty in any branch of the U.S. military, received an honorable discharge, and must show financial need as determined by the Federal Government according to its policies and procedures. Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students. Preference will be given to veteran students who have exhausted their VA benefits prior to graduation and need funds to complete their degrees.

Application: http://studentaffairs.msu.edu/scholarships/

History: In 1966 Lou Bender was drafted into the US Army, 1st Infantry Division, better known as the Big Red 1. He served his nation in Vietnam with honor and distinction, garnering two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1968, and has been active in Veterans affairs throughout the remainder of his life.

Bender earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1971, and was elected to Excalibur, an honorary society that yearly recognizes Thirteen Outstanding Senior Men.  He earned his Masters of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from Michigan State University in 1974, and was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award, presented to an outstanding graduate student each year.  In 1987, Michigan State University honored Bender with its prestigious Outstanding Alumni Award, in recognition of his distinguished career.

Lou Bender passed away on February 24th, 2019

Donate: https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/?sid=5043

Lou Bender pictured back middle, Phuoc Vinh Vietnam August 1967

Doane VET Success Scholarship

Opens: January 15th, 2021

Closes: March 8th, 2021

Award: A minimum $500 for veterans attending MSU to be awarded for spring, summer or fall semester. Funds will be administered in accordance to the following requirements: (i) Must have served on active duty in any branch of the military; (ii) Must show financial need as determined by the Federal Government according to its policies and procedures; (iii) Funds may be awarded for tuition, books, housing or childcare.

Application: http://studentaffairs.msu.edu/scholarships

History: “Bud” Doane, Jr. graduated from MSU in 1948 with a degree from the College of Business. Bud loved airplanes as a young boy. During WWII he enlisted in the Army Air Force Pilot Training Program. When he graduated from high school, while awaiting active duty orders, he studied engineering at MSU which helped later when dealing with aircraft. After the war, he returned to MSU and finished his degree in Business on the G.I. Bill. Following graduation, Bud re-entered the Air Force for four more years, flying several airplanes in several places, including Korea. After the war, Bud returned to East Lansing and met and married Dorothy M. “Dottie” Doane. Bud then joined the International Programs staff, and the Doanes traveled extensively for MSU to help establish the MSU presence in Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal, and other places. Bud retired from MSU as Director of the Office of Overseas Support.

Charles “Bud” Doane passed away on December 2nd, 2013.

Donate: https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/?sid=5043

Doane VET Study Abroad Scholarship

Opens: January 15th, 2021

Closes: March 8th, 2021

Award: The Charles and Dorothy Doane Veterans Education Trust (VET) Study Abroad Scholarship has been established to meet the needs of veterans enrolled at MSU where the funds will make the greatest impact. The endowment will provide a minimum of $500 Study Abroad Scholarship for veterans attending MSU to be awarded spring, summer or fall semester.

Application: http://studentaffairs.msu.edu/scholarships/

Donate: https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/?sid=5043

Bud Doane

Sergeant Leonard Bernard Graham III Nursing Scholarship

Opens: Typically mid January

Closes: Typically early March

Award: To help keep Leonard’s dream alive, this scholarship will provide financial assistance to a Michigan State University College of Nursing student. Priority will be given to a student who is an active Marine, reservist, or honorably discharged veteran of any armed branch.

History: Established by his beloved parents, this scholarship honors USMC Sergeant Leonard Bernard Graham III whose goal was to attend Michigan State University College of Nursing. Leonard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2008 to make a difference in the world. He served in Afghanistan and received many citations for his bravery. Leonard always cared about the needs of others before his own. His life ended tragically on September 20, 2013.

Application: http://nursing.msu.edu/Students/Scholarships/Scholarships.htm

Donate: https://givingto.msu.edu/crowdpower/nursing-sergeant-graham


Captain Sean Grimes Nursing Endowed Scholarship

Opens: Typically mid January

Closes: Typically early March

Award: To help future students realize their dreams of becoming a nurse, this scholarship provides financial assistance to Michigan State University nursing students that are an Army Reservist, Army National Guard member, Active Army soldier or honorably discharged veteran of these branches.

History: Established by his beloved family, this scholarship honors Captain Sean Grimes (BSN ’97) who was an exceptional student that graduated with honors from the College of Nursing. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Military Graduate Award from the Reserve Officers Training Corps. Sean enlisted in the Army to make a positive impact in the world. His life tragically ended on March 4, 2005 when his armored Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device during combat patrol in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Sean had been in Iraq for about six months when he was killed.

Application: http://nursing.msu.edu/Students/Scholarships/Scholarships.htm


LaVerne Noyes Scholarship

Opens: Typically mid January

Closes: Typically early May

Award: The LaVerne Noyes Scholarship was established by the trustees of the LaVerne Noyes estate. This scholarship is intended to assist MSU students demonstrating financial need and good academic standing. The recipient must also be a direct descendant of someone who served in the United States Army or Navy during World War I whose service in the Army or Navy was terminated by death or honorable discharge.

To demonstrate financial need, applicants for the scholarship must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or Renewal Application, for the appropriate year. All LaVerne Noyes Scholarship awards are made on a yearly basis and are subject to availability of funds and annual determination of financial need. First preference will go to applications submitted by May 1 for the following academic year.

Application: https://msu.academicworks.com/opportunities/32380


Marvin A. Hartleb Endowed Scholarship

Opens: Typically mid January

Closes: Typically late May

Award: Recipients shall have graduated from a public high school in the United States of America or a high school sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Students shall be Pell eligible or at least demonstrate financial need as demonstrated through filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Preference will be given to students who are currently serving in the military, students who are the spouse of active duty military personnel, individuals who have been honorably discharged from military service, or the children or grandchildren of such.

Application: https://msu.academicworks.com/opportunities/33316