MARQUETTE –  One of Northern Michigan University’s most popular degree programs, marketing, will now have a scholarship devoted to its majors.

Gary and Kimberly Brunswick of Marquette have made a gift to the university to create an annual scholarship for NMU marketing majors.  Gary is a professor of marketing and director of business affairs for NMU’s Cisler College of Business.  Kimberly is an educational school consultant for Co-nect, a professional development company.

Recipients of the Andrew and Theresa Brunswick Scholarship, named in honor of Gary’s paternal grandparents, must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher.  First preference will be given to students from the Upper Peninsula.

Both Gary and Kimberly are NMU graduates.  Gary earned an associate degree in 1981 and a bachelor’s degree in 1984.  He went on to receive his master’s degree from Marquette University and his doctorate from Arizona State University.  All of his degrees are in business administration.  Gary returned to NMU to teach in 1991.  In 1995, he was selected to receive the Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award and in 1997, the Outstanding Teaching Award.  He was recently announced as one of Northern’s three 2004 Distinguished Faculty Award winners.

Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in 1987 in elementary education.  Following graduation, she taught in Iron River for a year; Manitowoc, Wis., for 10 years; and was a literacy specialist at Gwinn for a year.

““Marketing is the sixth or seventh most popular major at NMU each year,” said Gary.  “This scholarship will fill a need on campus to provide academic recognition and financial assistance to students studying that field.  It is also important to support students from the Upper Peninsula.  Kim and I were lucky to attend Northern and we feel it is time for us to give back to the university. During our college experiences, there have been people who helped us along the way and now it’s our turn.”

Andrew and Theresa Brunswick lived nearly three-quarters of a century in Iron County before their deaths in the late 1990s.  Andrew worked most of his life in the underground mines, although he began his working career in U.P. lumber camps.  During his retirement, he took on the duties as caretaker of the Stambaugh Township Dumps and worked with the U.S. Forest Services during its summer program.  

In addition to her homemaking duties, Theresa held positions at the local food market, laundry and gift shop.

The couple had three children: Robert (deceased), George and Beverly.

“During their lives, my grandparents were always helping other people, and this was one of the many things I learned from them – to help others,” said Gary.  “I think they would be proud to know that their name is on a scholarship that will help students pursue their dream of a college education.”

For further information about NMU's scholarship program, contact the NMU Development Fund Office at (906) 227-2627.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications