Lisa A. Knaup Endowed Memorial Scholarship
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About Lisa Knaup
Lisa Knaup was a 1992 graduate of Michigan State University. She received her certificate in elementary education with emphasis on math and science. Her parents, Bill and Ann Knaup, are Michigan State alumni and along with older sister Kirstin and younger brother Brian, Lisa celebrated in green and white from a very early age.
According to her family, Lisa loved her time at MSU. She was an attractive young lady with an outgoing personality. She spent four years meeting new people and making lasting friendships. Lisa had the calling to be a teacher. Upon graduation from Michigan State, she tutored and taught for three years at Detroit Country Day, a private preparatory school in Birmingham, Michigan. She taught math and science to sixth graders and was also the tennis coach and drawing club sponsor.
Parents at Country Day remember that Lisa took the time to make difficult problems understandable to her students. Whether it was math or science, she was able to simplify the hurdles and to help the students. More importantly, they remember that Lisa taught her students the qualities of patience, perseverance, and hard work. With her encouraging smile and gentle sense of humor, Lisa taught her students the value of friendship.
To her students, she was a teacher, mentor, counselor, role model, and lifelong friend. Tragically, Lisa’s life ended before she could fulfill all the dreams of her future. She was killed in an automobile accident in Mexico in June, l996. This scholarship memorializes a remarkable young woman, her actions and her spirit. Through this scholarship, and the financial assistance and encouragement it will give students in the College of Education, children in many elementary classrooms in Michigan and throughout the country will be impacted in the years ahead.
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