Mary A. Dunn Fund

Established in loving memory of Mary A. Dunn by her three children. Mary was a dedicated Lansing elementary school teacher who was involved in education for 38 years. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education; she earned her master's degree in counseling and guidance in 1966; and she received her education specialist degree in 1975 from Michigan State University.

Mary was a life member of the National Education Association, delegate to the annual NEA conferences and a member and past president of the Capital Area Reading Council. She served on and chaired several Lansing School District curriculum steering committees and helped in planning and writing educational materials and programs.

Mary was proud to train student teachers from MSU for many years. She was honored in 1989 with the Joseph T. Vellanti Award for Outstanding Professional Service to the LSEA and received the 1991-92 LSEA President's Award for Outstanding Service. In 1994, Mary was the first recipient of the Elsie A. Maile Memorial Award for Outstanding Elementary Teacher.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Scholarships will be awarded directly to Western Michigan University and Michigan State University in alternating years. The colleges must select students using the following criteria:

Be a graduate of a Michigan high school.

Be enrolled as a full-time student.

Maintain a grade-point average of 2.5 or better.

Be enrolled in an education curriculum or program with the goal of receiving an education degree and teaching certificate from the State of Michigan.

Priority should be given to applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and volunteerism.