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MSU Athletics receives $1M gift for scholarships

The Detroit News

Michigan State alumna Mary Helen and Craig Crooks have made $1 million gift to endow scholarships for student-athletes in men's basketball and football, the school announced Friday.

The Crooks will be recognized along with other donors who have provided a full ride basketball endowment in the new Tom Izzo Hall of History.

The donation was made in support of the school's "Empower Extraordinary," which seeks to raise $50 million for endowments. The Crooks' gift brings MSU Athletics within $5 million of that goal.

The Crooks Family Men's Basketball Scholarship Endowment will provide a full ride in-state scholarship.

The Crooks will be recognized along with other donors who have provided a full ride basketball endowment in the new Tom Izzo Hall of History. Their names will also be included in the Athletics Endowment Donor Recognition Wall at the North End Zone expansion of Spartan Stadium.

Mary Helen Crooks, a 1980 graduate of the College of Communication Arts and Science, is CEO of Harlo Corporation in Grandville, Michigan.

“I was raised by immigrant parents who only had the opportunity for a formal education up to third grade, so I was raised with a very strong emphasis on higher education.  My dad’s mantra was ‘never stop learning’,” said Mary Helen Crooks in a written statement. “Throughout our married life, Craig and I have been supporters, both through volunteering and financially, of our K-12 school districts and other school districts.  The idea that we have reached a point in our lives where we can give back through a full scholarship to student athletes is very rewarding.

"We have been Spartan fans for decades, which makes the opportunity to make this kind of impact on a student-athlete’s education even more special.”