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Trese family scholarship endowment

The scholarship shall be awarded to students enrolled in MSU and pursing a degree in the College of Education who have demonstrated financial need, with financial need being determined by the Federal Government according to its policies and procedures, who have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA, and recipients shall be entering their post B.A. internship (fifth) year.

About the Trese Family

Dr. D. Cherry Trese graduated from Michigan State University in 1963, as the first person in her family to graduate from college. Cherry taught in three Michigan School Districts (Grand Ledge, Blissfield, and Adrian) before moving to Florida. She retired from the Brevard District Schools as a Principal in 1997. Then Cherry taught at the University of Central Florida for seven years. In retirement, Cherry has been a volunteer tutor for illiterate adults.


Mr. Michael Trese worked as an insurance claims adjuster and claims manager after completing his education. He then spent seven years in the lumber and hardware business. In 1978, Mike and his family moved to Florida to start a commercial printing business. Mike's aunt, sister, and wife all graduated from Michigan State University so he has always supported the Spartans.


Their motivation to establish this endowment: Dr. Trese supervised over 150 elementary education students during their college internships. She saw how difficult this time was financially for her students. "We hope this endowment will help ease this important time for future elementary education students at MSU."