MARQUETTE -- A scholarship to study business has been endowed in honor of Burton G. Frick, a Chicago businessman who was a longtime admirer of and visitor to the Upper Peninsula. The scholarship was created through a gift to This Decisive Season: The Campaign for Northern Michigan University by John Frick, director of NMU's JOBSearch Center, and his siblings.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a business major of junior or senior status who is from the Chicago area or a resident of the Upper Peninsula. Faculty members of Northern's Walker L. Cisler College of Business will nominate recipients to the university scholarship committee.

Burton Frick, a native of Riverside, Ill., served as a plant manager and executive for the stationery company, Williamhouse Regency Corporation of Chicago for most of his professional career. Prior to entering the business field, he was a navigator on the USS Guardfish, part of the Pacific Fleet, from 1941 until 1945. He began vacationing in the

Upper Peninsula in 1955 and eventually purchased a summer home on Middle Island Point. He died in 1984.

"My father loved the Upper Peninsula and admired Northern Michigan University, and he was extremely pleased that I chose NMU to further my education," said John, a 1987 NMU master's degree recipient. "I know he'd be pleased that this scholarship may make it possible for Chicago area or U.P. students to further their studies of business at Northern."

Also contributing to the scholarship were John's brothers, Eric Frick of Chicago, Ill., and Robert Frick of Brookfield, Ill.; his sister Anne Frick of Los Gatos, Calif.; and several family members and friends.

The Burton G. Frick Endowed Scholarship in Business is one of more than 50 that have been endowed since the start of This Decisive Season in June 1996. The new scholarships are worth more than $300,000 annually to NMU students and have an overall investment value of more than $4 million to the university. The goal of This Decisive Season is to raise $30 million in private giving to NMU by June 2003 of which more than $29 million in gifts have been pledged to date.

Further information about NMU's scholarship program is available at or by calling the Development Fund Office at (906) 227-2627.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications