Over the past 15 years our club has raised over $400,000 for Academic Scholarships and over $130,000 for Athletics & Athletic Scholarships.
We currently have four scholarship endowment funds:
- A general MSU OC Alumni Club Endowment
- Two Spartan Cornerstone Challenge University matching funds
- An Athletic Scholarship Fund
General MSU Orange County Alumni Club Endowment Fund
This fund is by far our largest and was formed in 1993, one year after the club was formed. The endowment was started by the board’s founding members with a $100,000 pledge.
J.C. Haefner Spartan Scholarship Challenge
This was our first Spartan Cornerstone Challenge fund and it is named to recognize Dr. Judith (J.C.) Haefner (1942-2009) graduate of the Veterinary Medicine Program at Michigan State.
J.C. was a life-long supporter of the academic and athletic life of Michigan State University. She was an active board member of the MSU Orange County Alumni Club for almost a decade, and served on the Annual golf tournament planning committee the entire time. J.C. always went above and beyond in her volunteer work and in her support of the club often underwriting the little things that made our events special. She did this without ever wanting credit or recognition for her actions. This endowment and scholarship was established in honor of J.C. and her selfless giving, her commitment to excellence and higher education, her love of MSU and her dedication to the Orange County Alumni Club.
Orange County Spartan Cornerstone Scholarship Challenge in Honor of Loren Wall
Our second Spartan Cornerstone Challenge fund is named to recognize Loren Wall, a 1957 graduate of Michigan State University and avid supporter of the University and all of its causes. He was a founding board member of the MSU Orange County Alumni Club, and has been instrumental in the club’s organization and success. Loren has supported Southern California MSU students on his own over the years and has helped Orange County Club grow its focus and dedication to student scholarships. This endowment and scholarship was established in honor of Loren and his commitment to excellence and supporting students for higher education, his love of MSU and his dedication to the Orange County Alumni Club.
MSU OC Alumni Club Athletic Endowment Fund
This is the newest fund for our club. In forming this Scholarship Endowment fund for deserving student athletes, we look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the Spartan Fund while extending our outreach to student athletes on the West Coast.
In addition to Scholarships
We have supported Spartan Athletics in the past by giving $100,000 for the Skandalaris Football Center development and construction along with various contributions to the Spartan Fund. We have also supported the university in various projects and fund raising goals, including the Sparty Project.
2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients
Zoee Alexandre, Julianne Barkovitz, Kyle Broccardo, Christopher Cenzer, Keenan Cleaver, Ashley Conklin, Kaitlyn Eveland, Britton Forker, Alejandro Gillespie, Molly Harmon, Emma Hartigan, Jordan Herrell, Leslie Hwang, Blaise Johnson, Molly Keasey, Grant Kunzelman, Joshua Latham, Julie Liddle, Kate Malloy, Tyler Maloney, Kathryn Mckeown, Sean Mcmillin, Alexa Mijares, Kelsey Nickerson, Devon Oddy, Chase Olshen, Brooke Segal, and Katherine Steinberg.
High Schools attended by scholarship recipients include:
Aliso Niguel, Beckman, Brea-Olinda, Canyon, Capo Valley, Centennial (Corona), Corona del Mar, Dana Hills, El Toro, Fairmont, Foothill, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Los Alamitos, Mater Dei, Mission Viejo, Rosary, San Clemente, San Juan Hills, Santa Margarita C.H.S., Santiago (Corona), Servite, Tesoro, Troy, Tustin, Woodbridge, Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach)
For more information on scholarships, contact:
MSU’s West Coast Region Admissions Representative