Maximizing Potential -- Advancing Excellence

Established by MSU alumni Jim and Judy DeLapa, the Samaritan Foundation has generously assisted students for more than two decades. In 2003, the Foundation began offering scholarships through the RCPD, providing educational support to sophomores, juniors and seniors with disabilities, and distinguishing itself by offering the first scholarship for MSU undergraduate students with disabilities.

The scholarship is presented in the amount of $4,000 and is awarded to students who are also United States citizens demonstrating financial need.

Recipients are encouraged to recognize this program as an investment in ability and are in turn challenged to invest in others by contributing as a donor to this program as they achieve success in a professional career.

This donor-supported program provides awareness and expanded opportunity for persons with disabilities. You can help support this initiative or find out more about other RCPD programs and giving opportunities by visiting the Make a Gift page.

2016 Samaritan Scholars with Ability Access Specialist Ginger Martz.

Samaritan Scholar Awards in Action

  • For recipient Jamia Davis, this scholarship means encouragement and assistance in reaching her dream of one day becoming a lawyer.
  • Aaron Scheidies, the first blind athlete to finish an Olympic-distance triathlon in less than two hours, was a Samaritan Scholar while a student at Michigan State University.
  • The introduction of annual scholarships through this endowment created the first monetary reward for undergraduate students of the RCPD.