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Sue Crane Completes Circle of Generosity

Barbara Divine received a scholarship to nursing school that changed her life. An endowed scholarship in her name, established by her daughters, is helping change the lives of SVSU students. crane-pull-quote

As children, Sue Crane (BBA 1985, MBA 2006) and her three sisters were steeped in the importance of education and giving back. Their mother, Barbara Ann Divine, was a registered nurse who owes her education to a scholarship.

Sue explains: “After graduating from high school in 1957, my mother received a scholarship from the Bay Medical Auxiliary to attend nursing school at the E.W. Sparrow Hospital School of Nursing in Lansing. The scholarship covered tuition, books and uniforms. Student nurses were provided housing in exchange for working shifts at the hospital.

“Without the scholarship, my mother would not have been able to attend college.”

Sue says that her mother was “forever grateful for the opportunity provided to her.” So in honor of Barbara’s 65th birthday, Sue and her sister Karen Hubner established the Barbara Ann Divine Endowed Scholarship in Nursing to honor their mother and “to in a small way recognize the gift she had been given all those years before.

“Now with SVSU student nurses receiving the scholarship in her name, it is like coming full circle.”

Sue says her mother encouraged her to attend college. After earning an associate’s degree in accounting, Sue went to work as a bookkeeper and quickly realized she wanted to become a CPA. “So, I attended night classes at then Saginaw Valley State College for a year and then returned full-time to complete my bachelor’s degree. I later also received my MBA from SVSU.

“This university is connected to so much of my life,” Sue says. “I strongly believe that SVSU provided me with a great education, and that education provided me with a great life. Being an alumna and an employee, I’m proud to support SVSU. And I have found that when helping others, whether through money, time or talents, I generally get way more out of it than I am giving.”