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More Graduate Students and More Financial Need

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A recent article details that the graduate-student population is growing, and so is the financial need for the group.

Varsity Alumni 'S' Club Graduate Fellow Announced

Jenilee Rathje

In a guest post by Joey Spano, the namesake of an endowment announces the 2011 recipient: Jenilee Rathje

Spartans Honor Daughters with Named Endowments

Graduating students. Courtesy: MSU Communications and Brand Strategy

Roger (’78, Business, Accounting) and Kim Pitzer honored their two daughters (recent MSU alumnae) by establishing endowed scholarships in each daughter’s name. The scholarships benefit student athletes and students with financial need.

Looking Back On a Unique, Unplanned, Distinguished Career

Gary Seevers, an avid fisherman

Dr. Gary Seevers is the “complete Spartan,” according to Dr. Fred Poston, MSU Vice President for Finance and Operations.

MSU Among Leaders in Giving

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MSU ranks high among schools that distribute Pell Grants to undergraduate students.

ASMSU Endowments Champion Freshmen and Student Leaders

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The Associated Students of MSU (ASMSU) organization created two new endowment funds for student support.

Student Reflections

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Student scholarship recipients reflect on what their donor-supported financial aid has meant to them. The video was created by Honors College student Gennafer Musial.

STARR Scholars 'Stretch Themselves' with Jack Shingleton Scholarship

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Current and former recipients of the STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship created the Jack Shingleton Scholarship in tribute to the man who helped anonymous donors establish and manage the fund.

Million Dollar Endowment to Spur Student Entrepreneurship

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The Forest Akers Trust established a $1 million endowment to fund MSU student business plans. The endowment supplements a $600,000 endowment established last year by the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation in support of student entrepreneurship.

MSU-Led Study Identifies Risks for Quitting College

Students preparing for commencement. Courtesy: MSU Communications and Brand Strategy

College students are more apt to quit college when exposed to critical events including depression and loss of financial aid.

Bill Mechanic: A Spartan in Hollywood

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Bill Mechanic (’73, Arts and Letters), chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films, and former head of 20th Century Fox, has been very successful in the film industry.

The Debt Dilemma

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As student debt doubles, many wonder when – and how – they’re going to make it out.