Giving to FW
The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife strongly supports Michigan State University’s guiding principle to improve access to quality education and expert knowledge. These endowments were established with the intent to enhance the education and research capabilities of our undergraduate and graduate students.
All gifts to endowments are recognized by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. All donors will be given credit and membership in the appropriate MSU donor recognition club according to gift qualifications. All gifts to Michigan State University are tax deductible on your federal taxes and may qualify Michigan residents for a Michigan tax credit.
Currently Established Funds:
- Burke Lake Banding Station
- The Polar Bear Restoration Fund
- The Robert C. and Betty Ball Fisheries and Wildlife Fellowship Fund
- The Boone and Crockett Club Endowment Fund
- The Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship Fund
- The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Endowed Scholarship Fund
- The Fisheries Research Excellence Endowment Fund
- The Hal and Jean Glassen Wildlife Conservation and Stewardship Endowment Fund
- The Michigan Charter Boat Association Scholarship Fund
- Shooting Sports
- The Rachana Rajendra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary Endowment Fund
- The Peter and Elizabeth Tack Endowed Scholarship Fund
- The William E. Ricker Fellowship Fund
- The William W. and Evelyn M. Taylor Endowed Fellowship for International Engagement in Coupled Human and Natural Systems
- The Wildlife Research Excellence Endowed Fund
- The Youth Education and Aquatic Stewardship Legacy Fund
The overall goal of the is to integrate avian research, the training of current and future wildlife professionals, and the education of people of all ages in the mid-Michigan region, while showcasing the diversity of wildlife inhabiting one of mid-Michigan’s most diverse wildlife research areas. Specifically, the banding station will (1) collect long-term data on the health of the landbird community of the Rose Lake State Wildlife Research Area during breeding and migratory seasons, (2) provide university students the opportunity to be active participants in ongoing research and learn skills associated with capturing and handling of wild birds, (3) engage with children of all ages with hands-on activities in a science-related discipline, and (4) provide a unique opportunity for bird enthusiasts in the Great Lakes region on state-managed land.
The Polar Bear Restoration Fund has been established to refurbish the polar bear that stands guard in the main entrance of the Natural Resources Building. Spartans remember those late nights and early mornings with the ever-present bear standing his post to greet them, wish them luck on that final exam, and bid them farewell as they venture out into an uncertain future as natural resource professionals. Whether you wish to call it a symbol, a mascot, an icon, or a long standing tradition, our bear has tirelessly witnessed our societal triumphs and failures in the conservation of our natural resources and needs our help to be restored. Contributions to this fund will go to the restoration of our bear (estimated at $6000). Any excess funds will be used to support student organizations, teaching and reseach within the department. To read the full story, see Save Our Polar Bear.
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Endowments:
The Robert C. and Betty Ball Fisheries and Wildlife Fellowship Fund was established in 2000 by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Betty Ball to provide support for students who are pursuing degrees in fisheries and wildlife, with preference to those who are working on advanced degrees in fisheries, limnology, or water quality. The fellowship is intended to assist in recruiting students who will become nationally recognized leaders in these aquatics fields, as many of Dr. Ball’s students have done since leaving MSU.
The Boone and Crockett Club Endowment Fund was established in 2006 for the purposes of establishing an Endowed Professorship of Wildlife Conservation. This endowed chair will work to create the future leaders for state, tribal, national and global wildlife resource management agencies and a public more informed about wildlife conservation. The endowment supports the research, outreach and graduate programs associated with this professorship.
The Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship Fund was established to honor Ms. Jan Fenske. Jan Fenske was the first female biologist for the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. During her 27 years of service, her love of the environment compelled her to work untiringly for the long-term protection and sustainable use of the State’s aquatic resources. The intent of this award is to honor Jan’s attitude, deep commitment to the resource, integrity, and memory by providing graduate students from the under-served community in the Department with additional financial and mentoring opportunities to assist them in developing successful careers in fisheries management.
The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to honor and encourage students (undergraduate and graduate) who have demonstrated sound academic performance and a commitment to a career in natural resources management.
The Fisheries Research Excellence Endowment Fund was established in 1993 with gifts from individuals and organizations who have an interest in the continuation of research in fisheries science. Income from the fund is used to provide basic research support which may include support of faculty or post-doctoral salaries, graduate student assistantships, the purchase of equipment or travel required in the department’s fisheries research programs. Much of the support to date has gone towards support of graduate student travel to professional and scientific meetings where they present results of their research.
The Hal and Jean Glassen Wildlife Conservation and Stewardship Endowment Fund was established in 1997 by the Harold and Jean Glassen Foundation. Its focus is to enhance wildlife, shooting activities, environmental and outdoor education and leadership programs for Michigan’s citizens. Funds generated through the endowment help to support club development for youth shooting sports, as well as provide equipment, adult leader training and instructional materials. MSU staff will continue to help county-level programs provide resource materials and train new leaders.
The Michigan Charter Boat Association Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 by the Michigan Charter Boat Association to encourage students who have demonstrated capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. The Department selects one undergraduate student per year as a recipient of a scholarship from this endowment.
The Mixed Rifle Team Endowed Fund is was established to support activities for the Mixed Rifle Team, which may included, but is not limited to, support of an MSU sanctioned rifle club or varsity sport and multi-use facility.
You may also be interested to learn more about the John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center on the MSU campus.
The Mixed Rifle Team Endowed Scholarship Fund like the Mixed Rifle Team Endowment Fund is was established to support the Mixed Rifle team and / or rifle club sports. Specifically, this endowment awards scholarships to students participating in either the Mixed Rifle Team and / or rifle team sports.
You may also be interested to learn more about the John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center on the MSU campus. To learn more click here.
The Rachana Rajendra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary Endowment Fund was established in 1998 by Dr. and Mrs. Kunwar Rajendra of East Lansing, Michigan, to honor the memory of their daughter, Rachana, and to share her love of birds with others. Rachana, who died in an automobile accident in 1997, was a graduate of the University of Michigan, College of Engineering. The endowment is meant to provide funding for fisheries and wildlife students who are interested in avian species research and conservation, particularly in the Rachana Rajendra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary in the Baker Woodlot on the MSU campus.
The Peter and Elizabeth Tack Endowed Scholarship Fund in Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1999 by Dr. and Mrs. Tack to provide support and encouragement to undergraduate students in the fisheries and wildlife major who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.
The William E. Ricker Fellowship Fund was established to honor Dr. William E. Ricker. Dr. Ricker was one of the world’s most respected fishery scientists, probably most famous for developing the “Ricker curve”, a relationship between adult fish abundance and the future production of young fish. His model of so-called stock and recruitment is a cornerstone of modern fisheries management. Additionally, his “Computation and Interpretation of Biological Statistics of Fish Populations”, published in 1975 and known among fishery biologists the world over as “The Green Book” remains to this day the most widely used resource for practicing biologists and managers in fisheries. Income from the fund will be used to support graduate students working on quantitative fisheries science.
The William W. and Evelyn M. Taylor Endowed Fellowship for International Engagement in Coupled Human and Natural Systems was established by William W. Taylor and his wife Evelyn. Dr. Taylor served as the Chairperson of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife from 1992 - 2008. The goal of the endowment is to provide opportunities for fisheries and wildlife related graduate students to significantly engage in understanding the scientific and cultural challenges and opportunities dealing with couple human and natural systems at the global level. This interest is a result of the impact that Bill and Evelyn experience through multiple interactions with other cultures regarding the importance of fish, wildlife and water resources.
The Wildlife Research Excellence Endowed Fund was established in 1993 with gifts from individuals and organizations who have an interest in the continuation of research in wildlife science. Income from the fund is used to provide basic research support which may include support of faculty or post-doctoral salaries, graduate student assistantships, the purchase of equipment or travel required in the department’s wildlife research programs. Much of the support to date has gone toward support of graduate student travel to professional and scientific meetings where they present results of their research.
The Youth Education and Aquatic Stewardship Legacy Fund is an endowment intended to support a variety of youth and adult programs related to natural resources stewardship. The endowment was initiated in 1997 by gifts from individuals and organizations, including the American Fisheries Society, to enhance youth educational programs that offer hands-on experiences in natural resources management for Michigan’s youth.
For more information about any of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife endowments, please contact the department chairperson. If you would like confidential information on making a gift or establishing an endowment, please contact: Director of Development, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, at 517-355-0284.