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LBC Funds

We rely on donations to support the mission of Lyman Briggs College.

Give to Support LBC in General

Would you like to give to Lyman Briggs, but don't have a specific scholarship or programmatic fund in mind? Give to the Lyman Briggs College / Katherine C. Briggs Dean's Fund.

  • Lyman Briggs College / Katherine C. Briggs Dean's Fund

    Contributions to this dean's discretionary fund are critical for enabling the college to pursue new and innovative ways to enhance the integrity of our academic programs, support student research, and retain the highest quality faculty. This fund provides the dean with the flexibility to direct funds to areas of college priority. Gifts to the fund support: Academic programs and initiatives; technology and curriculum enhancements; and funds for the direction of student involvement in faculty research.

    Give to the Lyman Briggs College / Katherine C. Briggs Dean's Fund

Scholarships

Donations to the following funds go directly to support Lyman Briggs College students.

  • Brian Falzon Book Scholarship

    Brian Falzon was a bright, creative and energetic student as well as a generous friend. Brian always had a smile for everyone, hence his nickname "Cloud." Brian loved life at MSU and considered Lyman Briggs College his second home and the students in Holmes Hall his extended family. Brian's parents and sister have established this book award in Brian's memory so that he may never be forgotten. It provides up to $250.00 worth of course-related book purchases to a Lyman Briggs student.

    Give to the Brian Falzon Book Scholarship

  • Carol E. Bristow Memorial Fund
    Edgar C. Bristow, M.D. established this scholarship as a memorial to his daughter, Carol E. Bristow, who was an outstanding student during her time at Lyman Briggs. She subsequently had a career with the Washington D.C. Office of DPRA, a company providing various services to federal agencies, including the EPA and FDA. It is his hope that this fund will provide needed assistance to Lyman Briggs students throughout the future.

    Give to the Carol E. Bristol Memorial Scholarship

  • Cass Technical High School Alumni Scholarship
    Ms. Patricia Merry and Dr. Donald Borseth established this scholarship in support of graduates of their high school alma mater, Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI so that they may attend Lyman Briggs College. Pat and Don are proud to support Cass Tech graduates as members of the earliest classes in Lyman Briggs, and their long-standing relationship with and support of the college.

    Give to the Cass Technical High School Alumni Scholarship

  • Clark Fund for Science in the Public Interest
    This scholarship is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to promote better-informed decision-making based on knowledge of the best scientific knowledge available. Recipients must hold at least sophomore status and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

    Students who demonstrate a dedication to improving public understanding of science will be given preference.

    Give to the Clark Fund for Science in the Public Interest

  • David A. & Diana L. Copp LBC Scholarship
    Dave and Diana Copp established this scholarship in 2020 to create an opportunity for worthy and capable students enrolled in Lyman Briggs College. This scholarship will support students at LBC majoring in the biological sciences or those who have chosen an Interdisciplinary Physics or Biological Science major, two areas of study that are pursued by students who have career interests in teaching.

    Give to the David A. & Diana L. Copp LBC Scholarship

  • David and Gretchen Cantor Education Abroad Scholarship
    Dr. David Cantor graduated from Lyman Briggs College in 1973 with degrees in Chemistry and Secondary Education. He earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois. Mrs. Gretchen Cantor has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Vermont. Both David and Gretchen have worked for a variety of pharmaceutical companies in manufacturing and research and development, both in the US and in Switzerland. It was during their time in Switzerland that the couple became especially interested in education abroad when a group of students from MSU were studying in Zurich under LBC Professor Gerd Kortemeyer. The Cantors believe that the importance of an experience studying abroad lies in exposure to another culture and way of life and is an excellent way to broaden students' world views.

    Give to the David and Gretchen Cantor Education Abroad Scholarship

  • Dr. Frederic B. Dutton Scholarship
    On October 20, 1966, the MSU Board of Trustees created the Planning Committee for Lyman Briggs College, appointing Dr. Frederic B. Dutton - then Director of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center - as its chair. Dr. Dutton led the committee in creating a common agreement on a residential college for students seeking a liberal education in the physical and biological sciences, students seeking preprofessional training and students seeking majors currently offered in the College of Natural Science, but in the context of a small liberal arts and science college. Dr. Dutton recruited many of the pioneering faculty who would create the curriculum and college. On July 1, 1967, Lyman Briggs College opened with Dr. Dutton serving as its first dean. Lyman Briggs College established this endowment to honor Dr. Dutton.

    Give to the Dr. Frederic B. Dutton Scholarship

  • Dr. Ronald C. Hamelink Scholarship in Mathematics
    Dr. Hamelink was MSU’s first student to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and was also a pioneering faculty member of Lyman Briggs College. The College of Natural Science and Lyman Briggs established this award in his honor by to support academically gifted students.

    Give to the Dr. Ronald C. Hamelink Scholarship in Mathematics

  • Howard and Joan Hagerman Endowed Scholarship for LBC Biology

    Dr. Howard H. Hagerman was one of the pioneer faculty members in the residential college programs at MSU. As a charter faculty member in Lyman Briggs, he established the biology program in a nurturing setting that provided a unique combination of formal and informal learning opportunities that characterize the Briggs experience. This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Hagerman in a manner befitting his legacy to Briggs.

    Howard and Joan Hagerman Endowed Scholarship for LBC Biology

  • Jane Elliott Undergraduate Research Fund in Lyman Briggs College

    This fund was established to encourage Lyman Briggs students who have a demonstrated interest in promoting women in STEM. Preference shall be given to students wishing to conduct research in Chemistry.

    Give to the Jane Elliott Undergraduate Research Fund in Lyman Briggs

  • Jane Smith Elliott Endowed Scholarship

    The Jane Smith Elliott Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Jane Smith Elliott, Ph.D. by her daughter Martha (Marty) K. Kakuk and Marty’s husband Thomas J. Kakuk, D.V.M., Ph.D., along with Jane’s son Benjamin T. Smith, PhD., and his wife Nancy Frasure-Smith, Ph.D. Jane’s family desires to support Lyman Briggs College students, who were so important to her during her time as a faculty member, Director of Advisement, and Assistant Dean. Even after her death in 1987, students and colleagues remember her as a scientist, pioneer, innovator and compassionate advisor who provided a difference in the direction of their careers and ultimately their lives.

    Give to the Jane Smith Elliott Endowed Scholarship

  • LBC Scholarship Fund (Expendable)
    This fund receives gifts for student scholarships that are not designated to any specific “named” fund. Contributions to this fund will allow the college to award scholarships to assist in recruitment of new students who may have financial needs, retention of present students, and rewarding of academic achievement.

    Give to the LBC Scholarship Fund-Expendable

  • Lyman Briggs College Book Scholarship
    This scholarship will be offered to first-year students who have limited access to STEM disciplines to purchase books and class materials during their freshman year.

    Give to the Lyman Briggs College Book Scholarship

  • Lyman Briggs College Family Fund
    This fund will be used at the discretion of the dean to help promote the LBC experience outside of the classroom. Examples of how this could be used include: Bringing speakers to Holmes Hall; Support for career services activities; Programming to promote diversity and inclusion; Support for undergraduate student research; Support for students to study abroad and away.

    Give to the Lyman Briggs College Family Fund

  • Lyman Briggs College Scholarship Fund (Endowment)
    This fund receives gifts for student scholarships that are not designated to any specific “named” fund. Contributions to this fund will allow the college to award scholarships to assist in recruitment of new students who may have financial needs, retention of present students, and rewarding of academic achievement.

    Give to the Lyman Briggs College Scholarship Fund-Endowment

  • Lyman Briggs Learning Assistants Endowment Fund
    This fund supports undergraduate learning assistants in Lyman Briggs College. Learning assistants play an important role in the college, facilitating collaboration and instruction in classroom labs, under the guidance of a Lyman Briggs College faculty member.

    Give to the Lyman Briggs Learning Assistants Endowment Fund

  • Mary Margaret Schroth Expendable Scholarship
    Mary Schroth (‘81) established this scholarship to benefit Lyman Briggs students who have also studied at the Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center (BCAMSC).

    Give to the Mary Margaret Schroth Expendable Scholarship

  • Matson Family Endowed Scholarship
    William and Helen Matson grew up during the Great Depression knowing the value of a dollar. They treasured their college experiences and the opportunities their degrees provided for them. Helen and Bill imparted those values to their four children, Merrie, Marcia, Bob and Doug, each of whom graduated from college with their expenses paid entirely with money set aside by their parents. For the Matson family, an education did not stop in the classroom. They traveled frequently and widely as the children were growing up, and that love of travel, the broadening of horizons and exposure to different cultures was a value that the children inherited and cherished. Bob Matson established this fund on the 50th anniversary of his entering Lyman Briggs College as a member of its first graduating class. He does this in memory of his parents and in honor of his family’s dedication to higher education and worldly experiences.

    Give to the Matson Family Endowed Scholarship

  • Matson Family Endowed Scholarship for Education Abroad

    The Matson Family Endowed Scholarship for Education Abroad is designed to provide 1-2 students per year with significant financial assistance toward studying abroad.

    William and Helen Matson grew up during the Great Depression knowing the value of a dollar. They treasured their college experiences and the opportunities their degrees provided for them. Helen and Bill imparted those value to their four children, Merrie, Marcia, Bob and Doug, each of whom graduated from college with their expenses paid entirely with money set aside by their parents. For the Matson family, an education did not stop in the classroom. They traveled frequently and widely as the children were growing up, and that love of travel, the broadening of horizons and exposure to different cultures was a value that the children inherited and cherished. Bob Matson established this fund on the 50th anniversary of his entering Lyman Briggs College as a member of its first graduating class. He does this in memory of his parents and in honor of his family’s dedication to higher education and worldly experiences.

    Give to the Matson Family Endowed Scholarship for Education Abroad

  • Jennie Orr Thomas and Daniel Thomas Scholarship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Jennie Orr Thomas, M.D. graduated from Lyman Briggs in 1973, one of only seven women in a class of over 100 Computer Science majors on the entire MSU campus. Dr. Thomas and her husband Daniel created this scholarship for students in Lyman Briggs College with preference given to those majoring in Computer Science. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated potential for leadership in promoting cross-cultural understanding, contributed to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of Lyman Briggs because of life experiences, have overcome significant obstacles, or who have exhibited leadership skills in the face of adversity.

    Give to the Jennie Orr Thomas and Daniel Thomas Scholarship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Pamela Ann Merry Endowed Scholarship
    Pamela Ann Merry was a member of the 1967 entering class of Lyman Briggs College. After she graduated, she worked at Argonne National Laboratory and achieved the "scientist" title. Pam died in 1987 due to complications associated with leukemia. Ms. Patricia L. Merry and Donald G. Borseth have created this endowed scholarship in her memory. It is the donors’ hope that the scholarship may be awarded to qualified applicants who have demonstrated potential for leadership in promoting the importance of the work of women in STEM fields.

    Give to the Pamela Ann Merry Endowed Scholarship

  • Paul and Gertrude Parker Endowed Scholarship
    Paul and Gertrude Parker met as children in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Parker came to America in 1947, and married Gertrude in 1958. Gertrude completed 3 years of medical studies in Vienna. Once in America, she chose to support Paul, their daughter Claudia, and care for the household. Gertrude died in 2006 and was remembered by her husband affectionately for their lifetime of friendship, support and love.

    Dr. Parker began his career with MSU in 1958 in the Department of Physics. In 1967, he was recruited by Dean Frederic Dutton to join the faculty of Lyman Briggs College, then a new residential college at MSU. Dr. Parker designed the original physics curriculum that was started one year after the foundation of the College. In 1972, Dr. Parker was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award. During his 13 years in Lyman Briggs College, Dr. Parker maintained a joint appointment with the Department of Physics. He retired in 1993.

    Dr. Parker established this scholarship to encourage and reward LBC students with preference for those who have been academically successful in the required undergraduate physics courses.

    Give to the Paul and Gertrude Parker Endowed Scholarship

  • Paul E. Boswell Scholarship
    This scholarship was established by Jeffrey Boswell, M.D. in honor of his father, Paul Edward Boswell, who attended MSU through the National Science Foundation sponsored Academic Year Institute, earning a master's degree from the College of Natural Science in 1965. He brought his family to East Lansing where they lived in Spartan Village before moving to Texas. Were it not for his father’s decision to attend MSU, Jeffrey Boswell would not have considered leaving Texas for college, or discovered Lyman Briggs College. He established this scholarship to make it possible for out of state students to study in Lyman Briggs College.

    Give to the Paul E. Boswell Scholarship

  • The Sean Healey Memorial Award
    Sean Healey was a Lyman Briggs College computer science major who died in 1992 after his sophomore year as the result of complications of muscular dystrophy. Sean was a gifted writer and avid reader, someone who was never without a book in his hand. Therefore, through the generosity of his parents, Diana and Patrick Healey, Lyman Briggs College has established the Sean Healey Memorial Award for Honors Writing. This award is given each semester to an LBC student enrolled in an Honors section of LBC 133 whose work reflects the engagement, intelligence and skills Sean displayed in his own first-year writings.

    Give to the Sean Healy Memorial Award

  • STEM Scholars' Fund
    This scholarship was established to support future scientists and mathematicians who will be pursuing non-medical or health care careers. It is the hopes of the donors that this funding will allow students to reduce their non-academically related work for pay and instead use the time to engage in efforts that support their learning and exploration of careers in science.

    Give to the STEM Scholars' Fund

  • Steven T. and Esther M. Spees Scholarship
    Dr. and Mrs. Spees grew up in Indiana. Esther graduated from Ball State University, taught a wide variety of business courses, and finished her career teaching at Lansing Community College. Steven graduated from Purdue University and the University of Southern California. Before coming to MSU and LBC in 1967, he taught at the Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. He and physicist Paul Parker developed a combined chemistry-physics course for LBC. After many years of teaching, Steven served as Associate Dean of the College until his retirement in 2011. Steven and Esther Spees established this endowment to support scholarships for students in Lyman Briggs College.

    Give to the Steven T. and Esther M. Spees Scholarship

Programmatic/Other

These funds support initiatives within Lyman Briggs College.