The College of Sciences and Arts looks to recognize students who are leaders in their work and stand out. We provide a listing of scholarships that defines each scholarship available to students within the College as well as the criteria to qualify. We want to express a huge thank you to our donors and scholarship providers.
"The scholarship graciously gifted to me during a cadet and student allowed me to focus more on academics and less on stressing to find work to pay for school. Working multiple jobs in college to fund my degree while participating in AFROTC and other organizations was very demanding."
Air Force ROTC
In-College Scholarship Program
Cadets are nominated for in-college scholarships based on performance. To be eligible for a scholarship nomination, cadets must meet their retention standards and the following requirements:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be a full-time enrolled student
- Have an approved academic degree plan
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Pass the medical physical for Air Force entry
- Pass the Air Force physical fitness assessment
- Be enrolled in Air Force ROTC
The Two-, Three-, and Four-Year Scholarship
- Be a US citizen
- Be between the ages of 17 and 26
- Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
- Meet physical standards
- Agree to accept a commission and serve in the army on active duty or in a reserve component (army reserve or army national guard)
Commitment—Two-, Three-, and Four-Year Scholarship
- Serve full time in the army for four years
- Selected cadets may choose to serve part-time in the army reserve or army national guard while pursuing a civilian career
Green to Gold Scholarship Option
Interested in going back to school? The Green to Gold Scholarship option is designed for you. These scholarships are awarded for two, three, or four years, depending on how long you require to complete your degree.
- US Citizen (non-waivable)
- Age: under 31 years of age on December 31 of the year you complete all requirements for a commission and a college baccalaureate degree. This is a statutory requirement and there are no waivers authorized.
- Cannot have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Crime
- Have a minimum of two years of active duty as well as three months of active duty for every one month of specialized training (waiver can be requested)
- GT score of 110 or greater
- Pass the APFT within the last six months with a score of 180 or higher—minimum of 60 points in each event
- Be a high school graduate or equivalent
- Cumulative high school or college GPA of 2.5
- Letter of acceptance to school of choice offering AROTC
- Letter of acceptance from the PMS of that AROTC Battalion
- Favorable National Agency Check (or have initiated the action)
- DODMERB medical qualification
- Be eligible to reenlist
- Not be a conscientious objector
- No more than three dependents, including spouse (waivable)
Jack Holland Endowed Scholarship
The Jack Holland Endowed Scholarship, established in honor of Dr. Jack Holland, Professor of Medical Technology (1966-1988) is awarded to an outstanding first-year medical laboratory sciences student, based on professional attitude, communication skills and academic grade point.
Former students, upon Dr. Holland's retirement, originally set up the endowment. Those wishing to donate to the endowment will be assisting with a greater portion of the selected student's second-year tuition.
- 2016 - 17: Autumn Tallman
- 2015 - 16: Larissa Kramer
Kathy Jean Jensen Endowed Scholarship
The Kathy Jean Jensen Endowed Scholarship was established by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jensen in memory of Kathy Jean, a 1974 Medical Technology graduate. The scholarship is awarded to a Michigan Tech junior or senior majoring in pre-health studies (with a 3.25 minimum GPA) with financial need. The recipient must be a Michigan resident.
The endowment has grown under the leadership of Dr. E. Michael Balok and his wife Amy through the generous contributions of former recipients of the award, alumni, and friends of the Department of Biological Sciences. Donations to this endowment will allow the scholarship amount to increase, with a goal of providing full tuition support for an academic year.
- 2017 - 18: Dana Anderson, Gavin Rye
- 2016 - 17: Leah Kimminau, Anna Caramella
- 2015 - 16: Luke Dalton, Misty Brouillete, Carine Netch-Toakom, Brittany Erickson, Valerie Taglione, Alyssa Vinckier, Kayle Stemberger
Phi Sigma Society Fund
Phi Sigma is the National Biological Science Honor Society. Students in the Michigan Tech Beta Chi Chapter support undergraduate research awards for Biological Sciences and Medical Lab Sciences students. Phi Sigma raises funds through book sales and, occasionally, Winter Carnival activities. Designation of contributions to this fund will help Phi Sigma in its mission of supporting student scholarship within the biological sciences.
Medical Technology “Tech Is” Award Scholarship
The Medical Technology "Tech Is" Award Scholarship was originally funded by the three monetary awards received by the Society of Medical Technologists for first-place awards in the "Tech Is" student competitions (1981, 1983 and 1986). The "Tech Is" program no longer exists, however the endowments provides a partial scholarship to a junior-class student based on participation in the Society of Medical Laboratory Scientists, extracurricular activities, grade point, and faculty interviews.
Contributors to the endowment will be helping with the scholarship amount.
- 2017 - 18: Caitalyn Nielson
- 2016 - 17: Melanie Batchelor
- 2015 - 16: Luke Dalton
Michigan Tech Medical Alumni Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to junior or senior students in either biological sciences or medical laboratory sciences who have a minimum grade point of 3.25 and intend to pursue a professional medical graduate degree such as a MD, DO, DDS, and so on.
The Michigan Tech Medical Alumni Endowed Scholarship is supported by alumni and friends in various medical professions—make your gift now.
- 2017 - 18: Piersan Kimmes, Callie Swaney, Matthew Tocco
- 2016 - 17: Greg Kaurala, Chase McNamara, Lynea Hautamaki
- 2015 - 16: Courtney De Cramer, Rebecca Mills, Abigail Meisel, Mindy Harrington, Ted Ylitalo
Soldan MLS 4+1 Annual Scholarship
The Soldan 4+1 Scholarship, named in honor of Alice Soldan, one of the original MLS faculty who taught for over 33 years, is awarded to a senior Medical Laboratory Science student in their last semester at Michigan Tech. They must be able to document acceptance into an accredited "+1" practicum and be enrolled in one of the following concentrations:
4+1 Medical Laboratory Science
Upon retirement, Soldan's generosity provided the original funding for this scholarship. The fund can be been augmented by alumni who wish to donate in her honor.
- 2017 - 18: Melanie Batchelor
- 2016 - 17: Katie Schjoth
- 2015 - 16: Brook Bedore
Rebecca Sandretto and Susan Stackhouse Summer Fellowship
The Sandretto-Stackhouse Summer Research Fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Rebecca M. C. Sandretto. This award is selected by the department chair upon a recommendation by faculty in support of undergraduate summer research.
- 2018 - 19: Samuel Willard
- 2017 - 18: Alexis Ferrier
- 2016 - 17: Emily Lilla
- 2016 - 15: Erin Mathews
- 2015 - 14: Anna-Catherina Wilhelm
- 2014 - 13: Daniel Beegle
- 2013 - 12: Sarah Riutta
Graduate Student Scholarships
We do not have any dedicated graduate lines for research for Rhetoric, Theory, and
Culture(RTC) graduate students, only for teaching. This scholarship for a research
graduate student line would be a wonderful way to create strong affiliations and career
trajectories. Students do not receive stipends in the summer but there are no classes
so it is a great time to work on research and writing. A summer scholarship would
allow a graduate student to focus on dissertation work without worrying about how
to pay rent. Awards for best conference papers and/or publications would incentivize
graduate students to engage in these professionally important activities
Undergraduate Student Scholarships
- Special scholarships for under-represented or first-generation students.
- Scholarships directed to majors in Scientific and Technical Communication(STC), English, or Communication, Culture, and Media(CCM)
- Student travel: We would love to have funding to support undergraduate student conference travel, collaborative projects with programs in other universities, on-site visits to major employers, and study abroad classrooms. Taking a group of students on such a trip can make a life-long impression.
- Scholarship for internship travel/moving expenses. When students take an internship that is far from the U.P., they are often stuck paying the expenses out of pocket and this can deter them from accepting such opportunities. A fund to defer expenses so that they can travel both ways and set up a living space would be a real boon to our internship program.
- We would like to fund $100-$200 awards recognizing undergraduate majors in each of the undergraduate programs. This is an important recognition for students from their programs about the quality of their work. We would like to do named awards for best coursework paper, best digital/visual project, and best presentation in class or at a conference.
Anthony Marchinda Scholarship
$1,000 annually for two undergraduate majors, one in STC and one in ROTC, in memory
of STC graduate, the late Anthony Marchinda. Contribute to this memorial scholarship
Joyce Burchenal Endowed Scholarship
The Scholarship was established in 1980 by Joyce M. DeRosiers Burchenal, a 1950 Michigan Tech Graduate with a BS in General Science, specializing in mathematics. She continued her education earning a BS in education from the University of Detroit, and a Master's degree from Michigan in mathematics. We are able to award approximately $12-14K each year. Make a Gift to the Joyce Burchenal Endowed Scholarship.
- 2018 - 19: Brooke Basto, Shaun Burriss, Noah Roubal, Daniel Stebic, Matthew Wilder
- 2017 - 18: Shaun Burriss, Meghan Campbell, Jacob Goud, Tehya Heyrman, Erin Johnson, Benjamin Judd Nicholas Olinger, Andrea Spencer, Kyle Sutela
Tom Drummer Memorial Scholarship
Tom Drummer, Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, was a member of the department for 28 years, during which time he taught and mentored numerous students and conducted or collaborated on a large number of wildlife studies, using his expertise in statistics to guide the research and analyze the results.Tom was highly valued as a classroom teacher, mentor, colleague, collaborator, and friend. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving undergraduate student majoring in Statistics. In two parts, a small endowment and an annual fund. We award $1-2K each year. For statistics majors. Make a Gift to the Tom Drummer Endowed Scholarship.
- 2018 - 19: Brendon Schuenke, Michael Thorburn
- 2017 - 18: Brendon Schuenke
Alumni and Friends Scholarship
Gifts made directly to the scholarship fund will support undergraduate mathematics majors. In two parts, a small endowment and an annual fund. We award $1-2K each year.
- 2018 - 19: Brandi Bousley, Kailee Kovach, Kyle Travis
- 2017 - 18: Meghan Campbell, Jacob Gould, Tehya Heyrman, Nicholas Olinger, Amanda Veenstra
Marc R. Blackford Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1973 by Marc’s parents, Frank and Winifred Blackford, the Marc R. Blackford Endowed Scholarship was created in memory of their son who was killed by a drunk driver in a 1973 car accident in Houghton. At the time of his death, Marc was a junior at Michigan Tech, majoring in physics. Consider supporting this scholarship.
- 2018 - 19: Alyn Leversee
- 2017 - 18: Kaelan Anderson, Benjamin Manning
- 2016 - 17: Benjamin Manning
- 2015 - 16: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2014 - 15: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2013 - 14: David Furlich
- 2012 - 13: Emily Makoutz
Sam and Brenda Ochodnicky Annual Scholarship
The Sam and Brenda Ochodnicky Annual Scholarship fund was established in 2011. Sam received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics in 1963. The scholarship was established for a Michigan resident physics major, and carries with it a required minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need. Your donation is appreciated.
- 2018 - 19: Daniel Koshar
- 2017 - 18: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2016 - 17: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2015 - 16: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2014 - 15: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2013 - 14: Kevin Rocheleau
- 2012 - 13: Kathryn Cox
Thomas C. Sermon Endowed Scholarship
Tom Sermon joined the Math and Physics department in 1926. Along the way, he would serve as Professor and Head of the Physics department from 1949 to 1953, and then as registrar from 1954 until 1970. This endowed scholarship was created in his honor, your donation to this fund is appreciated.
- 2018 - 19: Robert Stenger
- 2017 - 18: Robert Stenger
- 2016 - 17: Robert Stenger
- 2015 - 16: Robert Stenger
- 2014 - 15: Robert Stenger
- 2013 - 14: Robert Stenger
- 2012 - 13: Ethan Miltenberger
Legal Education Scholarship
The Legal Education Fund supports the pre-law program in the Department of Social Sciences. The pre-law program prepares students for the practice of law and the multifaceted challenges presented by a legal career.
Edmund Vandette Endowed Scholarship
The Edmund Vandette Endowed Fund supports undergraduate scholarships that originate
from the Copper Country. The family of the late local politician and professor Edmund
Vandette, who taught history and political science at Michigan Tech, established this
fund in his memory. If you would like to support the Edmund Vandette Endowed Fund, your generosity is appreciated.
Social Sciences Scholarship
Supports student research in the form of travel to research sites, attending conferences to present papers, study abroad opportunities, and supplies for workshops, special software, and the like. Gifts can also be targeted for specific purposes.
Visual and Performing Arts
Milton Olsson Endowed Scholarship
This award is given for outstanding participation in the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and/or the choirs of Michigan Tech (conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers or Michigan Tech Concert Choir). The award is granted to a student in the second to fourth year. Make a Gift to the Milton Olsson Endowment Scholarship.
Don Keranen Endowed Scholarship
This Fund provides cash awards to students for Outstanding Jazz Musician and Most Improved Jazz Musician. Individuals who participate in the Jazz Lab Band and the Research and Development Big Band are eligible. Make a Gift to the Don Keranen Endowed Scholarship.
Martha and Hugh Winn Scholarship
Many students participate in art, music, sound, and theatre during their studies at Michigan Tech, without majoring in Visual and Performing Arts Programs. This award is given to engineering students who are active in the arts at Michigan Tech.
Visual and Performing Arts Talent Award
Visual and Performing Arts Talent Awards recognize high school seniors with exceptional talents in the arts including instrumental or vocal music, visual arts, theatre performance, technical theatre, sound design/audio production, and/or music composition. Incoming first-year students pursuing any major at Michigan Tech who plan to actively participate in musical ensembles, stage productions, take coursework in visual arts, or work toward a degree, second degree, or minor offered through the Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Department are welcome to apply to the VPA Talent Award.