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

Lou Bender pictured back middle, Phuoc Vinh Vietnam August 1967

Opens:

January 14, 2022

Closes:

March 14, 2022

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.

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.

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


Doane VET Success Scholarship

Bud Doane

Opens:

January 14, 2022

Closes:

March 14, 2022

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.

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.


Doane VET Study Abroad Scholarship

Opens:

January 14, 2022

Closes:

March 14, 2022

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.


Marvin A. Hartleb Endowed Scholarship

Opens:

January 2022

Closes:

April 30, 2022

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.