Samaritan Scholar Award

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 $3,500 and is awarded to five 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.

Make a gift to the Samaritan Scholar Award.

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 Financial Contributions page.

Samaritan Scholar Awards in Action

  • Watch 2014 Samaritan Scholar recipient, Jordyn Castor, become "Wall Street Ready" as she transforms a scholarship from the RCPD into career opportunities. 


  • Five students received recognition as Samaritan Scholars for their scholastic achievements in the spring of 2008 at the annual Awards and Appreciation Reception.
  • 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.
  • Outstanding students were also rewarded for their success at the 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003 award ceremony.
  • The Samaritan Technological Advancements in Reading (STAR) program is also funded by the Samaritan Foundation, which strengthens the electronic reading program existing at the RCPD.
  • The introduction of annual scholarships through this endowment created the first monetary reward for students of the RCPD.