Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an endowed fund and an expendable fund?

Expendable awards are distributed directly to students. Scholarships can only be granted when there is funding made available through donations. There is no minimum required amount to establish an MSU expendable scholarship. You may work with our office to establish the expendable scholarship agreement. 

Endowed awards are invested, and awards are distributed using the investment income. This means that the award lives on in perpetuity and can grant scholarships forever. A minimum of $50,000 is required to establish an MSU endowed scholarship. This can be made in one payment, or pledged over a period of time up to five years. Our office will work with you to draft a legal endowment agreement outlining the criteria and procedures for dispersing the awards.


Not Just A Scholarship: Tanzania Partnership Program

A 2015 Tanzania Partnership Project participant with students at the Naitolia primary school. Photo by Kristen Gmerek.

A donor-funded study abroad program expanded students' worldview and instilled in them the urge to give back to their Tanzanian host community.

Remembering William “Bill” Beachler

Bill Beachler and a student at a table at the scholarship luncheon

William "Bill" Beachler, creator of the Pride Scholarship at MSU, passed away on January 11.

Changing Lives as a Community, One Gift at a Time

Students stand under a canopy of trees on campus

The Atlantic magazine describes a Michigan community's efforts to send all its kids to college with the help of scholarship support. Every gift makes a difference in the life of a student.

What Being Spartan Loyal Means for MSU Students

An "I Heart MSU" pin on a tree in front of Spartan Stadium

The MSU Alumni Association is moving away from a dues-based membership system. Find out what this means for you, and how the transition can help us provide scholarships to more MSU students.

Building a Tradition of Supporting Non-Traditional Students

Students waiting for commencement to begin

A recent report highlights non-traditional students' success in the state of Michigan when compared to students from other states. Few scholarships exist to specifically help this student population.

Scholarship Luncheon 2014

Students in MSU shirts stand on a campus bridge

Our annual scholarship luncheon was held on September 26 (Homecoming Weekend) this year. View photos and video from the event, which was held to celebrate student scholarship recipients & donors.