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Saginaw Valley State University Foundation


Mrs. Lois Barnett was born July 19, 1933 in Ludington, Michigan and grew up on the LaPointe family farm in Carr, MI. She graduated from Mercy School of Practical Nursing in 1953. While married to her husband Lt. Cmdr. Robert Barnett she lived and traveled many places in the United States; however, her love and heart always belonged to Michigan.

She left a Legacy of service and caring for others. Her children and grandchildren remember her open door, where she always had a bed and some hot food for wayward teenagers. Mrs. Barnett involved herself in community service and often volunteered to help raise money for March of Dimes, MDA, Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Hospital, and the PHI scholarship fund.

Mrs. Barnett believed strongly in the value of education and loved to travel, especially to warm beaches with family. Her favorite pastime was reading to her grandchildren. Her and her husband sacrificed much to send their five children to Catholic schools. She always thought everyone should get an education and was thrilled whenever adult family members announced they were going back to school.

This endowment was set up to honor her memory and legacy by helping students with disabilities purchase necessary assistive technology.


1. To be eligible, a student must be registered with Disability Services.

2. Must be able to demonstrate financial need or a financial hardship circumstance.

3. First preference will be given to non-traditional students. (e.g., those who are over 25, single parents, seeking second careers, or in other non-traditional situations).

4. Assistive technology purchases must be approved by the Disability Services office. The fund will normally pay up to $100.00 towards assistive technology.

5. Applications are available from the Disability Services office and on the Disability Services web page. Completed applications must be turned into Disability Services prior to the deadline on the application.

6. The recipient(s) must meet with the Assistive Technology Specialist to pick up the equipment and receive training, if necessary, for the new equipment. The recipient will also sign a receipt when picking up the equipment.


Lois Barnett Memorial Fund Information and Application (187KB)