The Peter m. and catherine m. bentz memorial endowed scholarship in education
Recipients shall be students admitted to the College of Education at the junior or senior level pursuing a degree in elementary education. Recipient(s) shall be selected based on financial need and academic merit.
About Peter M. and Catherine M. Bentz
This endowed scholarship honors Peter M. and Catherine M. Bentz and is provided by their daughter Barbara Bentz Spivack. Peter and Catherine were both born in Michigan; Peter in Almont and Catherine in Capac. The couple were married after Catherine completed high school (Peter had graduated four years prior) and started their family with first-born Barbara while Peter served in WWII. After he was honorably discharged from the Army, the couple settled in Almont where Catherine assumed the role of housewife and mother and Peter worked in the tool and die industry. The couple welcomed their second child, Lawrence, and remained in Almont until they moved to Port Richey, Florida. During his retirement Peter was an avid golfer who scored four holes in one. Catherine became an avid walker and continued to meticulously care for her husband and her home. Barbara has established this scholarship in her parents’ name as a tribute to them for having provided her the opportunity to attend MSU full-time to pursue her
degree in elementary education that was conferred in 1965.