About the Endowment

Rachana Rajendra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary Endowment

The RRNMBS Endowment Fund was established to encourage education, training, and research in the area of neotropical migrant birds. Dr. and Mrs. Rajendra, along with family and friends, established this endowment in memory of Rachana, to share her love of birds with others. Rachana, who died tragically in an automobile accident in 1997, was a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

How Funds from the Endowment are Used

This endowment was established to provide funding for Fisheries and Wildlife students who are interested in avian species; to develop maps and educational materials on neotropical migrant  birds in Baker Woodlot/Rachana Rajendra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary (RRNMBS) at Michigan State University; to provide scholarships (see below) and research funds for Fisheries and Wildlife students conducting avian studies and programs and to improve trails, entrances, and educational signs at Baker Woodlot/RRNMBS.

Undergraduate Award

Beginning in 1999 until 2008, an undergraduate scholarship was awarded in Rachana Rajendra’s name to honor students with a keen interest in avian conservation. The award was presented yearly, each spring, at the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Undergraduate Awards Banquet. Recipients of the award received a $1000 scholarship and have their name engraved on a plaque that is on display in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Undergraduate Advising Center (Room 40 Natural Resources Building).

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   For more information or to learn how to make a contribution, contact:

    Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

        Chairperson
        Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
        Michigan State University
        480 Wilson Rd., Room 13
        Natural Resources Bldg.
        East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
        Phone: 517-355-4478
        Fax: 517-432-1699
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    OR

  University Development Office

     Office of Development
        East Lansing, MI  48824-1005
        Phone: 517-884-1000 or 1-800-232-4678
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