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January 28, 2010 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2010-01-28

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Spartan Scholarship
Challenge: a present that
changes the future

Three questions for Jim Cotter, director of admissions

1 What makes

Spartans helping Spartans—it's part of Michigan State

Michigan State

available. For comparison, students should develop a

University unique?

personal list of factors and characteristics and begin to

University's DNA. In fact, many MSU students would

Put very simply, Michigan

not be on campus today without the generosity of

State is an institution that

those who came before them.

makes a difference. MSU

students, faculty, staff, and

Now, MSU alumni and friends are stepping up to

alumni have an outstanding

create a new generation of scholarships through the

reputation for making

Spartan Scholarship Challenge matching gift program.

Thanks to an anonymous donor who directed

$7 million of a larger gift toward scholarships at MSU,

Ilycia Shaw
Sophomore, Hospitality

"During my freshman year of
high school, an illness forced
my mother into early
retirement. A scholarship
was the only option. I found
that MSU has some of the
best scholarship programs
available for hard-working,
determined students!"

Jim Cotter

substantial and significant

contributions worldwide.

Being a member of the Spartan family means

the Spartan Scholarship

becoming part of something big. From the nation's

Challenge was created to

top-ranked study abroad program, to unparalleled

maximize scholarship gifts.

opportunities to work directly with professors

From now through December

conducting undergraduate research, to connecting

31, 2010, for every two dollars

with more than 420,000 living alumni around the globe,

a donor gives to create a new

students who decide to study at Michigan State have

scholarship endowment, one

limitless options for customizing and expanding their

dollar will be added from the

education, as well as the chance to be part of a

anonymous gift.

university that boasts global impact and reach.

Through the Spartan

1) When should a student begin to think about

Scholarship Challenge, MSU

hopes to turn the $7 million

anonymous gift into

$21 million in endowed

scholarship funds that will

benefit Michigan State

students in perpetuity. As many as 1,000 students

would receive a Spartan Scholarship of at least $1,000

research the different higher education opportunities

preparing for college?

evaluate institutions based on the features that are

most important to them. Once students have done

some preliminary research and comparison, they

should begin to take part in campus visit programs and

see firsthand what different institutions have to offer.

The bottom line is that it's never too early to begin

planning for college.

How does Michigan State prepare students for

success and life after graduation?

At Michigan State, the retention rate from freshman

year to sophomore year is about 92 percent. This can

be attributed to several factors, including an

abundance of campus resources designed to help

students succeed inside and outside the classroom. A

key pillar of MSU's tradition is rooted in the practical

application of knowledge. So whether students are

planning to start their careers upon graduation or

continue their education beyond college, they are well

served by having attained an MSU education. For those

electing to continue their education, MSU offers

Ideally, college preparation should begin prior to

enrolling in high school. Prospective college applicants

should prepare by taking a high school curriculum that

is rich in math, English, the sciences, and humanities, as

well as a foreign language. During the high school

years, students and parents would be wise to begin to

several educational options, including the Graduate

School, the MSU College of Law, and medical school.

MSU is the only university in the country with three

on-campus medical schools, graduating allopathic

(MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, as well as

veterinarians (DVMs). 0

per year.

The match will apply to gifts of up to $1 million per

Notes from Israel continued

donor and is available until the anonymous gift has

Metula has all the trappings of

been exhausted or the end of the year.

On the northern edge, a cluster

an alpine village, but it is an

of apple trees grows around

alpine village with Middle

the remnants of a rusted

Eastern style. It has ice hockey

machine gun bunker dug into

and mountains, but it is

the rocky soil in some earlier

surrounded on three sides by

war. To the west, orchards form

Lebanon and bordered by

a vast agricultural buffer zone

barbed wire, electric fences,

in the deep valley between

During the match opportunity, donors who make a

commitment of $20,000 or more will have the

opportunity to create a

permanent scholarship in

their name or the name of

someone they wish to honor.

and minefields. An apocryphal

Commitments to the

challenge can be paid over

the period ending December

31, 2014.

To learn more and to

contribute to the Spartan

Scholarship Challenge, visit

givingto.msu.edu/ssc or

contact Jennifer Bertram,

director of development for

University Scholarships and

Fellowships, at

(517) 432-7332. 0

story told in town is that

Christopher Matthes
Sophomore, Engineering
Bloomfield Hills

"I love being at a large,
well-respected university that
has an endless supply of
opportunities educationally
and socially. There is no value
one can put on having access
to MSU's state-of-the-art
facilities and top-of-the-line
faculty. The scholarship I
received eased the burden of
tuition costs and allowed me
to have less stress about how
I will pay for college."

Metula residents can sit on their

Metula, a small town in the green mountains of
northern Israel, is known for ice hockey, a poetry
festival, and apple orchards.

patios, eat dinner, and watch the Hezbollah.

Metula and a Lebanese village

perched on the opposing


Maybe the apple will someday serve as a symbol of

As the sun rises over the mountains of Lebanon to

hope for this region; earlier in the year, Israel

the east, soldiers in an army Humvee slowly patrol

exported more than seven tons of apples to Syria,

the perimeter, looking for footprints in the carefully

an act of cooperation designed to help Druze apple

manicured sand around the fences. Around town,

growers in the Golan Heights and drought-stricken

bomb shelters decorated with artwork stand like

apple consumers in Syria.

sentinels, ready to serve and protect in the event of

a missile attack from the other side of the border.

With ice hockey, bountiful apple groves, and a cool

breeze in my face, I could easily be back in

Inside and outside the perimeter, Thai workers tend

Michigan—without the threat of rockets from

acres and acres of apple trees, which thrive in the

nearby Indiana. 0

cool, moist climate of this region.

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