Support MSU Students
Do you want to make a difference?
Do you want to help a student, from your community
or another part of the world?
Do you want to honor a loved one?
We can help!
Making a gift to support students at Michigan State University is one of the most impactful ways you can make a difference on this campus. Whether it is through annual contributions, memorial and honorary gifts, the creation of expendable or endowed scholarships, or through programmatic support, every dollar you give makes a difference! Read below for more information on how you can support students at MSU.
Creating a Scholarship or Fellowship
Scholarships are financial awards that are distributed to undergraduate students. Fellowships are financial awards that are distributed to graduate students. These awards, at the undergraduate or graduate level, fall in to two categories: expendable and endowed.
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 $30,000 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.
Honoring a Loved One
If you have a loved one that you would like to honor, you can do that! We can help provide information and donation forms for you and others to make gifts in honor or in memory of an individual. These gifts can be designated to the fund you select. Additionally, scholarships and fellowships can be named in honor or in memory of loved ones. Our office can help you with this process.
What We Do
The University Scholarships & Fellowships Advancement Office works to raise funding and awareness for student financial support through university-wide undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. These awards include those that are not limited by major or college affiliation, as well as certain geographic- or affiliation-based awards, such as those sponsored by our generous alumni clubs, other organizations and individuals.
We can help you identify funds in which your gift can make an impact and that align with your interests and preferences. If you are interested in establishing an expendable or endowed scholarship or fellowship, we can make the process easy. We'll help you identify your fund's goals, we'll draft an agreement and we'll help you through the donation process.
How You Can Help
The University Scholarships & Fellowships Advancement Office is raising money for many varied efforts. You may wish to consider making a gift (or an annual gift) to one of our existing funds. Each dean sets priorities for our efforts. Please select the links on the left to see how you can help support initiatives in the Graduate School, undergraduate education, the Honors College, and alumni club support. Each link will provide you with information on how you can make a difference in a student's life by supporting scholarships and fellowships at Michigan State University.