Scholarship Hunting? Student Affairs Offers a Diverse Array of Awards for 2017-2018

February 22, 2017
  • In 2016, 30 students received more that $36,000 in scholarships for the current academic year.
  • What's your interest? Student Affairs might have a scholarship for you!
  • Deadline to apply for most scholarships is March 15 at 11:59 p.m.... visit our scholarships page to learn more!

Michigan State University’s Division of Student Affairs and Services is offering more than two dozen scholarships across various interest areas for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. The deadline to apply is March 15 at 11:59 p.m..

Scholarships totaling more than $36,000 were awarded in 2016 to 30 MSU students for the current academic year.

The available scholarships include those related to the Greek community, LBGT students, student leaders, students who have children, and student veterans. Student Affairs and Services Assistant Vice President Dr. Allyn Shaw stated that the awards are sponsored and funded by generous donations from MSU alumni, friends and student government organizations on campus.

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Scholarship recipient Kelsi Horn shows her Spartan pride at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy Kelsi Horn

Scholarship recipient Kelsi Horn shows her Spartan pride at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy Kelsi Horn

“Student Affairs and Services wants to help our students focus on their studies and the volunteer work they have been doing,” Shaw said. “We hope that the scholarships will help them to work fewer hours in jobs so that they can continue to work toward being extraordinary student leaders.”

Joy Giuliana, a fifth-year senior and resident assistant in Akers Hall majoring in elementary education from Petoskey, Mich., received the Bill Livingood Recognized Leadership Award. Giuliana was nominated for being a leader and mentor to her residents and for organizing events and creating a sustainable community.

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Scholarship recipient Joy Giuliana (in black shirt) working at in a RA event. Photo courtesy Joy Giuliana

Scholarship recipient Joy Giuliana (in black shirt) working at in a RA event. Photo courtesy Joy Giuliana

“The scholarship definitely helps me keep costs low as I finish undergrad and go on to Chicago next year to do my student teaching internship for my elementary education degree,” Giuliana said. “I am looking to potentially teach abroad and eventually pursue a master’s in school administration or return to higher education through the MSU Student Affairs Administration Program.” She stated that she also is hoping to give back to the community.

Shaw said that certain awards help students to grow as independent individuals, as well. He stated that the MSU Federal Credit Union Internship Opportunity Award program is designed to help students with unpaid internships afford rent, food and transportation. Another example would be the Recreational Sports and Fitness Services Scholarships that encourage student employees of Rec Sports to work in the field after graduation.

“The scholarships are to help students so they have fewer worries about monetary situations and become more self-dependent,” Shaw said. “For instance, LBGT students are not always supported by their parents, and student leaders have many things to worry about other than classes.”

Human Resource Management Senior DaChana Blaydes received the Honorable Ladas Hoopes Leadership award for demonstrating superior leadership and drive to make change for students at MSU.

“I seek scholarships because I believe in myself as a black scholar,” said Blaydes, a Belleville, Mich., native. “But mostly I seek it to embody the work that I have done in my life or on the MSU campus. This scholarship was a blessing because it helped with my housing at MSU.”

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DaChana Blaydes, a current scholarship recipient, serves as president of the National Association of Black Accountants, MSU Chapter. Photo courtesy DaChana Blaydes

DaChana Blaydes, a current scholarship recipient, serves as president of the National Association of Black Accountants, MSU Chapter. Photo courtesy DaChana Blaydes

Kelsi Horn, an advertising senior from Belleville, Mich., and president of MSU’s Black Student Alliance, was awarded the John McQuitty Student Advocacy Award for being a student leader demonstrating a commitment to represent the voices of students on campus. She said receiving this scholarship was personally fulfilling, as she is passionate about social justice and advocacy and she wants to continue a legacy of helping to improve the Spartan experience on campus for all students.

“I am extremely grateful for the scholarship to relieve me from some of the financial stress of being a college student,” she stated. “Over the summer, I was able to take classes and study abroad in Europe, thanks to the help of the scholarship.”

Shaw said he hopes that the students who earn scholarships will continue doing good work to make the world a better place.

“It would give me great pleasure to know that we helped some amazing leaders here,” he said. “And when they’re doing great work, I hope they’ll understand the power of giving back, and will be inspired to give and be helpful to others.”

For more information about these and other scholarships, visit the Student Affairs scholarships website: http://studentaffairs.msu.edu/scholarships/.  

Kelsi Horn enjoys Barcelona on her European study-abroad during the summer of 2016. Photo courtesy Kelsi Horn.

Kelsi Horn enjoys Barcelona on her European study-abroad during the summer of 2016. Photo courtesy Kelsi Horn.

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