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Larry and Maxine Beckman Endowed Scholarship in Education

Recipients shall be undergraduate and/or post-BA (internship year) students admitted to the College of Education, pursuing teacher certification. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need.

This endowment is a gift from MSU alumnus Marilyn Henderson Smythe in memory of her parents Maxine and Lawrence F. Beckman. "This gives me an opportunity to recognize my outstanding parents for their dedication in funding first-class education for their four children. All four of us graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, from there we went on to different colleges. My sister Gloria and I were the only ones to follow in our father's footsteps by attending Michigan State College. He was a Michigan Agricultural College in the Poultry Division alongside his friend John Hannah in the 20's. Gloria was a student there for one year when she met and married All-American football star Don McAuliffe, Class of '53. I graduated in June 1954 with a BA degree in Education and Speech Therapy. My first employer was the Kent County School System in Grand Rapids where i was a speech therapist and audiologist. My son-in-law, Steve Garvey, is a graduate on MSU class of 1971 from the School of Education. Now we look forward to seeing our youngest grandchild becoming a Spartan in 2017. My purpose in endowing the College of Education is to provide funds for a student striving to earn a teacher's degree. I would like the selected student to be able to enjoy the campus environment, grow intellectually and build a Spartan mindset of perseverance."