Robert L. Decker and Benjamin Muns Friendship Memorial Scholarship

The Robert L. Decker and Benjamin Muns Friendship Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory and recognition of two Ford Motor Company executives who worked together and, as friends, died together in a small airplane crash in June, 1990. The two men were committed to increasing the productivity of the workforce while enriching the quality of the workplace environment. This scholarship was created through an endowment offered by the wives of Robert and Benjamin to facilitate the continuance for the zest for life, concern for others, and ideals and goals held by the two. It provides graduate study opportunities and recognizes potential contributions of graduate students with disabilities.

           Recipients standing together at the Awards Reception.‚Äč                         

 Decker-Muns Recipients at an RCPD Awards Reception            

The Robert L. Decker and Benjamin Muns Friendship Memorial Scholarship is awarded in the spring to a qualified student with a disability enrolled in a graduate degree program at Michigan State University for the following fall, spring or summer semester. Based on endowment performance, the scholarship generally produces two or more scholarships of up to $5,000. Winners are selected by review of applicant achievement in a variety of areas including: academics, quality of references, clear definition of goals, pre-professional achievements including demonstrated leadership ability, demonstrated financial need, and quality and coherence of written essays. 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.

Benjamin Muns and his wife, Wilhelmina, at a wedding. Robert Decker dancing with his wife.

(left) Mrs. and Mr. Benjamin Muns. (right) Mrs. and Mr. Robert Decker.

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Friendship Memorial Scholarship in the News

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Outstanding Alumnus, Dr. Daehee Lee, Inspires a Path to Innovation

The RCPD awarded Dr. Daehee Lee the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award for his talent in utilizing his advanced computer science and linguistics degrees to maximize the lives of others.

Recognizing Ability Creates Spirit of Success

On April 17th, scholarships exceeding $48,000 were awarded to deserving students, while community and faculty members were recognized for accommodating them.

And the Winner Is...

The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) hosted its annual Awards and Appreciation Reception, which took place on Friday, April 21, 2006 at the Clara Bell Smith Academic Center.