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The Sheldon Cherney Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Studies in Education Overseas

Biographical Information: This endowed scholarship fund honors the distinguished career of Dr. Sheldon “Shelly” Cherney.

Dr.Cherney was born in Windsor, Ontario Canada on May 7, 1928. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in speech in 1956. Later that year, Dr. Cherney joined the faculty at Michigan State University and went on to initiate and direct the Graduate Education Overseas Program from the 1960s to the 1980s. The remainder of his career was devoted to teaching courses in continuing education and adult learning as a member of the Educational Administration faculty in the College of Education.

Shelly, as he was known, was a very supportive and thoughtful man who worked with great diligence and enabled many students and staff in his tenure at MSU. Dr. Cherney retired from MSU in 1992. He passed away at the age of 76 on January 9, 2005.

This scholarship is made possible with a gift from Elaine Cherney. Dr. Cherney received her master’s and Ph.D. in Education from Michigan State University (MA 1970 and Ph.D. 1975), and was employed as Professor in the Undergraduate University Division (UUD) and Director of the UUD Learning Resources Center until her retirement in 1996. The Cherney’s had one daughter, Marianne Weinsheink, and two grandchildren, Hannah and Hunter.