Planning for your Future

As a friend of Michigan Tech, we can offer you free tools to help you get your affairs in order prior to meeting with an attorney.

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You can start on a journey that will have great importance to you and your loved ones. Throughout the estate planning process, you will learn how to pass assets to family members in ways that are truly helpful. You will also find out how you can share essential information with your loved ones and those close to your family. You also may be interested in a plan to help benefit one or more charities. Whatever decisions you may choose, Michigan Tech is here to help you with free tools.

Meet just a few of Michigan Tech's bequest donors

Glenn ‘74 ‘77 and Gail ‘86 Mroz

We have the daily opportunity to see what our students, faculty, staff, and alumni do and are amazed at their capabilities. As alumni, it's an honor for us to be part of Michigan Tech and be able to pay back for what the people of Michigan Tech have done. As members of the team who are the current stewards of Michigan Tech, our job is to pay forward for what future generations will do through our annual and planned giving.

Dave ‘82 and Joy McBride

The education I received at Michigan Tech along with the long lasting friendships that I developed have been the foundation of my success in so many areas of my life. There has never been any doubt that I would support Michigan Tech to help provide future students with a quality educational experience that will benefit them as it has for me. Investing in an education at Michigan Tech is the best investment Joy and I could ever hope to make for future generations.

Marcia (Goodrich) and Bill Deephouse ‘63

I had a wonderful career as a writer at Michigan Tech, including five years as the magazine editor. What made it wonderful were the Michigan Tech people. I was dazzled daily by their intelligence, enthusiasm, and drive to make a difference. As I developed my estate plan, I wanted to make a difference too, and what better way than to support those who are going to change the world: the people of Michigan Tech.

Ron and Lou Helman

Lou and I are Michigan Tech planned gift partners because future students will need and deserve financial assistance as they move ahead Creating the Future. We believe in Tech! We believe in its future! And we believe in its faculty, its dedication to excellence, and its ability to provide jobs for its graduates. We also believe that the natural environment, which provides hiking, biking, skiing, boating, boarding, golfing, and camping are beyond comparison and are an outstanding attraction for its students and faculty. We are very proud Michigan Tech Honorary Alumni.

Les and Stef Cook

Michigan Tech is an amazing institution; it has not only become our home but the campus community is our family. We all know that most estate plans are largely comprised of family, and this is why Michigan Tech is in ours. Who wouldn't want to share the wealth we've been so fortunate to receive with an institution that has made it easy for us and others to prosper in many ways. Tech has always made a difference in the lives of others; our estate gift is one small way to insure this difference is sustainable into the future.

John and Phyllis Seaman

Both my grandfather, A.E. Seaman, and father, Wyllys, were Michigan Tech alumni and faculty. My father was a student of my grandfather's and actually got his master's degree before my grandfather. Grandpa chaired the Department of Geology and Mineralogy and founded the A. E. Seaman Mineral museum in 1902. He served as museum curator until his death in 1937. Dad served as curator from 1943-1948 and many other Seaman family members went on to graduate from Michigan Tech. For Phyllis and me, it's important to foster this family legacy, furthering the work and legacy of A.E. Seaman and enhancing the experience of Museum visitors far into the future.

Paul Ninefeld '96 and Tanya Jordan

Being a Yooper, born in Ontonagon, my connection to Tech has been lifelong, with some of my fondest memories growing up being the drive to Houghton for Huskies hockey games. Not having children, we want our estate to be dispersed among the non-profit institutions we feel make the most significant impact, with Michigan Tech at the top of our list. We've always been passionate about higher education and feel that alumni and friends play a critical role in this time of decreased state funding. Having served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors during a time of University growth, I was privileged to see the impact that donors' gifts could make and we are happy to be part of that mission.

Joyce '72 and David '73 Lyth

Joyce and I realized the value and importance of an education at Michigan Tech and we wanted to give other young women the same opportunities Joyce had. We set up the framework for the Joyce Caylor Lyth Memorial Endowed Scholarship before she passed away in 2014. Our aim is to support young women in the School of Business who need financial assistance. Her scholarship benefits four young women annually and has spurred the creation of a new scholarship program - Pioneering Women in Business, which currently allows for two additional awards - and more as donations increase. Joyce wasn't able to see the impact of her scholarship, but by making gifts now and through our estate, I've been able to meet these smart and talented young women to share Joyce's story, Joyce is an excellent role model. In 2016, there were six students receiving scholarship funds. My passion has switched from taking care of Joyce to growing her legacy and supporting pioneering women like her at Michigan Tech.

Mark '77, Connie, and Shirley Lentz

My dad, also a Michigan Tech alum, taught us to always support and give back to your family, your community, and your profession. After my dad passed away, my mother continued his tradition of giving back to Michigan Tech. With a bequest, Connie and I also have followed in his footsteps. We want to make a difference in the lives of students at Michigan Tech.