Gifts Make a Difference

  • Private gifts play a critical role in maintaining and advancing the educational experience in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. 
  • Your donations in support of student scholarships, research, faculty development, and student activities provide the extra resources that enhance the educational experience. 
  • Private financial support from alumni and friends has become a major and growing source of revenue to enhance programs and create new initiatives in the Department.

Thanks For Your Help

  • AFRE appreciates dedicated supporters who know and value our high-quality research and extension in the following four categories: international development, environmental and resource economics, food and resource industry management, and regional growth strategies. 
  • Visit us and review our website to learn about our programs and how your gifts make a difference for the Department, its students, faculty, and alumni.

Decide On a Gift

  • Consider making an annual gift or multi-year pledge to support the Department. The following describes the funds you can choose.  The green links provide access to online giving.  Contact the Department Chair if you wish to give by check, make an in-kind donation, give as part of an estate plan, or if you wish to create a new endowment.
    • Chair’s Discretionary Fund.  The department’s discretionary fund provides funding for scholarships, technology upgrades, student activities and much more. Most donors designate their gift to the discretionary fund, giving the Department Chair the flexibility to spend funds on the highest priorities or new opportunities that arise during the year. The department asks each alumnus and friend to consider making annual gifts to support our mission. A gift to the department is an excellent way to show your appreciation and provide extra resources for current students and faculty to continue the tradition of high academic achievement, strong communication skills, and sound leadership.
    • Endowed Scholarship Funds.  The department has twelve scholarship funds. Gifts to endowment funds are invested for perpetuity and the income from these investments is spent for the stated purpose of the endowment each year.  Endowed funds can be created at MSU for gifts meeting certain minimum threshold amounts.  Scholarship funds help students pay their tuition bills and thus lower the financial barriers to higher education along with rewarding academic and civic excellence.  Both expendable and endowed funds can support scholarships.

    • Undergraduate Student Support
      • Dr. Jack Allen and Dr. Tom Pierson Scholarship Endowment. For students enrolled in the Food Industry Management program to support their travel expenses associated with participation at professional conferences, seminars, and meetings.  The scholarship also supports study and travel abroad connected to a course of study where language studies (non-English speaking) and cultural orientation will precede the travel abroad experience.
      • Redmond and Edna Cotter Agribusiness Scholarship Endowment.  Established to support the training of students who are interested in pursuing an agri-business career. 
      • Kenneth E. and Eleanor M. Coulter Endowed Scholarship. Established to enhance the education of students pursuing a career in Agricultural Economics.  Preference is given to graduates of high schools located in the following Michigan counties: Arenac, Bay, Midland, Iosco, and Isabella.
      • John (Jake) and Maxine Ferris Global Agribusiness Award Endowment.  Established to provide overseas experience for domestic students in agricultural economics and agricultural communications and providing meaningful education programs for students enrolled at MSU from foreign countries.  This fund is also available to graduate students. 
      • Harry A. Foster Endowed Scholarship.  Established to benefit students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Agribusiness Management with a specialization in Horticulture or majoring in Horticulture with a specialization in Agribusiness Management.
      • Glynn McBride Michigan Association of Farmer Cooperatives Endowed Scholarship. Established to honor the career of Dr. Glynn McBride and his enthusiastic support of cooperatives. This scholarship supports students pursuing a career in the development, sustainability, and advancement of agricultural cooperatives.