Assistive Technology Fund

With the influence of new laws, many barriers have been broken down to help accommodate the needs of disabled students. Now, more than ever, students have better access to educational resources that will enable them to enjoy the full benefits of a collegiate experience. SVSU wants to ensure that students in need of accommodations are able to achieve their dreams through higher education via assistance from scholarships, grants and funds made available to those in need. 

The Lois Barnett Assistive Technology Fund

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, Michigan. 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 the 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 past time was reading to her grandchildren. She 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 that 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 the Office of ARA.
  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 Office of ARA. The fund will normally pay up to $100.00 towards assistive technology.
  5. Applications are available from the Office of ARA and on the ARA web page. Completed applications must be turned into the Office of ARA 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.


Link to the fund.

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Ann Coburn-Collins, Director of Academic Support Programs
Wickes 260
(989) 964-2130

Scott MacLeod, Assistant Director of Disability Services & Academic Support
Wickes 260
(989) 964-4054

Deborah Rickert, Office Coordinator
Science East 201 & Wickes 260
(989) 964-4488