July 24, 2012

Gary R. Bierlein Memorial Scholarship

The Gary R. Bierlein Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of Saginaw businessman Gary R. Bierlein, who was tragically killed in an airplane crash. Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 are awarded to students attending Saginaw Valley State University and are involved in extracurricular activities both in their schools and in their communities. A lifelong resident of Saginaw, Gary also attended Saginaw Valley State University. Patricia Bierlein established the scholarship in memory of her husband.

“Outside involvement is something Gary always found important. He felt a sense of dedication to the community and was grateful for what the community gave him,” Patricia said.  


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Attending Saginaw Valley State University
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree
  • High school seniors must be a resident of Bay, Midland or Saginaw counties
  • Residency is waived for current college students
  • Shown leadership skills
  • Involvement in community and school organizations

Evaluation Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership ability (25)
  • Extracurricular/school activities (25)
  • Overall involvement in work, school and community activities (15)
  • Career goals as demonstrated in essay (15)
  • Letters of recommendation (15)