Undergraduate Scholarships and Support

Help Build The Future in Social Sciences

Your generous gifts have a direct impact on the lives of students and faculty members. Through your donation, you are investing in the futures of undergraduates.

You help students complete research project in their field, participate in study abroad programs, and travel to conferences and meetings. Donations in support of undergraduate education helps more students experience these opportunities. Whether big or small, we thank you for your gifts. You help transform students’ lives and foster an exceptional educational experience.

Donor- and State-matching opportunities are available. Contact Don Lafreniere at djlafren@mtu.edu to explore ways your support can multiply—ensuring your gift has maximum impact.


Giving Needs

There are a variety of needs in the department. Choose from the following and make your gift today.

Kenny Bragg Memorial Fund

Michigan Tech student Kenneth (Kenny) Bragg, 22, was killed Saturday, December 30, 2023, in a house explosion in the suburbs of Detroit, along with his parents, Hope '95 and Don '92 Bragg, who were both Tech forestry alumni, and a younger sister, Elizabeth. Kenny was a senior anthropology major in the Department of Social Sciences and was scheduled to graduate in April 2024. Kenny was working on his senior thesis with Dr. Carl Blair on pre-European salt manufacture in Arkansas, particularly the activities of the Caddo cultures, and had completed three summer field seasons and significant volunteer work with the Arkansas archaeological survey.

In Kenny's memory, there is hope to establish a scholarship. Gifts received are intended to create an endowed scholarship which requires a minimum amount of $25,000 to endow; however, if the minimum endowment amount is not received, an annual scholarship will be established.

Give Now to the Kenny Bragg Memorial Fund


Department of Social Sciences Fund

Support 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 be targeted for specific purposes.

Give Now to the Department of Social Sciences Fund


Edmund Vandette Scholarship Fund

The Edmund Vandette Endowed Fund supports undergraduate scholarships who 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.

Give Now to the Edmund Vandette Scholarship Fund


Legal Education Scholarship Fund

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.

Give Now to the Legal Education Scholarship Fund