MPVA's Educational Scholarship Program was established to support individuals who are furthering their education and have committed to improving the quality of life of veterans and individuals with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). The MPVA currently provides 5 opportunities that were carefully named after important and influential people who positively affected the MPVA's mission. To find out more about the MPVA's Educational Scholarship Program, please download the application form here.
If you have questions regarding this program, or are from a higher educational establishment and would like to further promote this program, please contact Jaclyn Kochis at (248) 476-9000 ext. 06, or email Jaclyn here.
Kenneth Huber Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 available
As a supporter of the MPVA for nearly 40 years, Kenneth Huber demonstrated his outgoing nature by serving in multiple roles-ranging from MPVA Chapter President, National Director, advocate, and probably most importantly , friend. Ken spent his life serving others and drew satisfaction from it. He encouraged the disability community to take risks and demonstrated how to do so by actively participating in dozens of disability rights committees, acting as a peer counselor for the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, serving as a Deacon at his church, and was even inducted into the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame.
Michael Hogue Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 available
Michael Hogue fought in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as paratrooper and was wounded in action. Although he lost the use of his legs, his struggles as a paraplegic were never complained about, and he always put the needs of others before him. He moved to Ann Arbor, MI after returning from Vietnam to recover and work for the Paralyzed Veterans of America as a veteran benefits counselor helping other veterans. While in Ann Arbor, he loved wheelchair racing, competing in marathons and The Paralyzed Veterans of America wheelchair games. He had a big heart and couldn’t help sharing his gift of generosity to those that were close to him, as well as complete strangers, exhibited by his work with the spinal cord injury clinic at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Stephan Florescu Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 available
Stephan Florescu was an amazing person and who accomplished many remarkable things throughout his 80 years. After being injured in a freak driving accident, Stephan became well known for his outstanding abilities in a variety of sports. Stef did not just use his talents for his own merits. He took his gift and began to inspire others by organizing various sporting teams and even began coaching them—for the MPVA, a civilian men’s tea called the “Rolling Romanians”, and a women’s team called the “National Association of the Physically Handicapped.” Stefan was also a pioneer in MPVA’s print publications, often writing for the MPVA’s Rollin’ Times Newsletter. His extraordinary talents will never be forgotten.
Roger McCarville Memorial Scholarship - $500 - 1 available
Roger McCarville touched thousands of lives. Politicians, civic leaders, and every day people considered him as a friend. His life work as not to champion the causes of those with wealth or power, but to give a voice to those who were not heard. As a proud associate member of the MPVA, Roger used his gifts to advocate on behalf of countless many through the disability community. Among his work, he was best known for his 12 years hosting and producing the popular PBS show “Disability Today” (now known as a “wider World)”.
Tony Filippis Memorial Scholarship - $500 - 1 available
Anthony (Tony) Filippis Sr., a nationally-known and beloved man was the founder of Wright & Filippis, Inc., Michigan’s largest provider of home healthcare and services. Mr. Filippis dedicated his personal and professional life to assisting persons with disabilities. Not only was Tony a supporter and associate members of the MPVA, he was someone who experienced first-hand the frustration and heartache frequently confronted by persons with disabilities when he lost both of his legs below the knee in a train accident at the age of 13. The disappointments and discrimination he faced fueled Tony’s passion for making a difference in the lives of others, including founding of the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame in 1999.