Our alumni serve as the biggest advocates for Michigan State University.

Our alumni communities are spread across the nation and world, and our alumni serve as the biggest advocates for Michigan State University. Our unit is pleased to serve as a resource for how alumni communities can work to support students and their education at Michigan State University.

You can make the dream of coming to Michigan State University possible for a future Spartan from your region! The University Scholarships & Fellowships Advancement Office works with MSU alumni communities around the country and the world to create scholarships for students with a permanent residential address in their designated geographic territory. In the case of interest-based alumni communities, scholarships can be created for students who share those interests.

If you are interested in supporting an existing alumni community sponsored award, or if you represent a community wishing to create a new scholarship, please contact Jennifer Bertram, Senior Director of Development, at (517) 432-7345. Also be sure to look at the Scholarship Fundraising Toolkit eBook in our Resources section.

If you would like to make a gift to an existing community award through our secure online donation site, please visit https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/ and enter all or part of the award name in the search field at the bottom of the screen. If you are not sure of the name of the award associated with your area please contact our office.

You can learn more about the University Scholarships & Fellowships Advancement Office campaign priorities by exploring the different areas of this website, viewing our case statement (PDF), or visiting our campaign portal on the University Advancement website.

“Creating an endowed scholarship was long a dream in the St. Louis MSU alumni community, and we've now launched a second endowment effort. I’ve witnessed the impact of scholarship funding through getting to know a repeat winner of the STLSpartans Endowed Scholarship. Spartan alumni communities around the world regularly provide funding of local and university sponsored scholarships. I’m proud we are investing in tomorrow’s Spartans. That’s an investment in a greater future, not just for the Spartan Nation, but for the world.”  - Tom Benner, St. Louis Spartans board member

Things To Consider When Supporting Scholarships

  • Gifts to support scholarships will receive credit for Michigan State University donor recognition groups.
  • Multi-year pledges to support endowments are encouraged. Gifts payable over five years are readily accommodated.
  • If you or your spouse work for a matching gift company, your gift may be matched at a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio from your company.
  • The University Scholarships & Fellowships Advancement Office would be pleased to discuss how you may include Michigan State University in your estate plans.

Additional Resources

Featured Fund

MSU Promise Endowed Scholarship

The MSU Promise Scholarship fund allows donors to contribute to general undergraduate student scholarships, without needing to create their own endowment. Donations to this fund help the University award many scholarships each year.

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Featured Fund

University Undergraduate Research & Arts Forum

The University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum is an annual competition that provides Michigan State undergraduates the opportunity to highlight their scholarship and creative endeavors.

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Featured Fund

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund allows MSU to step in to assist students who are in need as a result of unexpected emergency situations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I want to create a scholarship at Michigan State University. What are my next steps?

If you would like to create a scholarship to benefit students at MSU, please contact our office by email at bertram9@msu.edu or by phone at 1-517-432-7345. We are happy to assist you in the process of creating a gift in support of our students. Our office will work with you to draft a legal endowment or expendable fund agreement, outlining the criteria and procedures for dispersing the award.


We're Feeling Thankful for Our Supporters

Student scholarship recipients stand with Sparty in front of The Rock. The Rock is painted to read "Thank You For Giving."

Thank you to all who support students at Michigan State University!

Fight Song Tweet-A-Long

Sparty stands with the marching band

On September 2, in celebration of College Colors Day, several university Twitter accounts had a Fight Song Tweet-A-Long. We've gathered their messages below so you can see the full conversation.

Trained to Jump Out of Airplanes... and to Carry the Burden of Care

Skip Shipley in an operating room

Spartan Nurse Skip Shipley (Captain, U.S. Army Reserve) graduated from the ROTC in 1993, and later returned to MSU for his MSN. Scholarship and fellowship support helped him along the way.

Throwback: What Is In Linton Hall Tower?

Linton Hall depicted on a postcard from 1910

An article originally published in fall 1993 shares the secrets of the tower perched atop Linton Hall.

See-and-Do at MSU: September 2016 Edition

A panoramic view of campus with fall colors in the tree leaves

Each month we curate a list of events and opportunities that may be of interest to you. This is your guide to things to see and do on campus (or online!) during the month of September.

Iceland to California, a Summer Story

Jaaz and his friends in Iceland

This post comes from Jaaz Catterall, a student staff member in our office. Jaaz is studying at MSU on a generous full-ride scholarship. This financial freedom allowed for some very interesting summer adventures, which we've asked him to share. Enjoy!