Scholarships and Grants

The SVRC offers several scholarships and grants for our student 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.

Grants


Richard L. Wendorf Veteran Assistance Fund

Picture of Richard Wendorf

Opens:

OUT OF FUNDING

Closes:

N/A

Award:

The Student Veteran Resource Center in the Division of Student Life & Engagement will select Scholarship recipients according to its practices and procedures for the selection of scholarships in effect at the time of the selection.

Funds will be used to support students enrolled at MSU needing assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as but not limited to accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, or need for temporary housing. Preference will be given to students who are currently serving in or veterans of the United States Military, and/or their dependents, including spouses and children. Additional preference will be given to students in their junior or senior year. The amount of the award varies based on student need, but shall not exceed $1000 per semester per student with a maximum $2000 per academic year.

Eligibility for funding is determined in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). As such, OFA requires documentation for certain expenses in order to approve funds or increase a student’s Cost of Attendance for many of the emergency needs students are facing.

History:

Richard (Dick) Wendorf grew up in rural community southeast of Tekonsha, Michigan, and graduated from Quincy High School. His father, a farmer, taught Wendorf the value of hard work, as he often helped on the family farm. Wendorf married Janet Orr in 1966 and raised three children while living in the Mason area.

Wendorf stayed close to home throughout his early years and in doing so, received a great deal of mentorship from members of his family, which included nine uncles, all veterans, on his mother's side. 

Wendorf began working at a construction company as a laborer in 1957 and was drafted into the U.S Army in 1961, serving in the 34th Armor Regiment as a tank driver. This unit supported the 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Lewis, Washington. Aside from providing Wendorf the experience of traveling to places like Kentucky and Washington, he sharpened his marksman skills and was selected as a member of the Fort Lewis Post Rifle Team and competed in competitions representing Fort Lewis, against both civilian and military competitors.

Serving in the U.S. Army gave Wendorf a true understanding of how courageous veterans are for their personal sacrifice to the United States. "I have such a passion for veterans and what they've done for us, they deserve much more, attention, respect and to be welcomed back," he said.

After serving, Wendorf returned home in 1963 and began working immediately at the same construction company, T. A. Forsberg Inc. in Okemos, MI. His superiors noticed his work ethic and intuition to learn from others, he was soon promoted to the position of Foreman, Superintendent and eventually General Superintendent.

In 1997, after years of successfully managing the operations at Forsberg Construction with the unwavering support of his wife, Janet, Wendorf purchased the company from his partners. He holds this professional accomplishment in great significance. In 2012, Wendorf retired from the business and passed the company to his children.

Through the successes of his career, Wendorf has always kept his affinity for veterans of the armed forces, and in doing so, established an endowment in his name at Michigan State University with the Heroes to Hives Program and has also supported veteran initiatives through the College of Nursing at MSU. In 2023, Wendorf has established another endowment through the Student Veteran Resource Center to provide timely assistance to those who face financial barriers on the path to graduation.

Application:

Out of funding

Scholarships


Lou Bender Endowed Scholarship

Lou Bender pictured back middle, Phuoc Vinh Vietnam August 1967

Opens:

January 8, 2024

Closes:

March 4, 2024

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.

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 8, 2024

Closes:

March 4, 2024

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 8, 2024

Closes:

March 4, 2024

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, 2024

Closes:

April, 2024

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.