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Legacy Scholarship Honors Life of Student

Memorial card

Dr. Laura K. Osaer’s Memorial Card

Dr. Laura K. Osaer always wanted to help people. Among her many notes and journals, she summarized her own life mission “to make others happy, be there for people and make people feel safe.” But this generous giving spirit was lost only months before completing her graduation from the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine and plans to be a family practice physician.

Laura’s love of science began with her involvement in the Science Olympiad program, starting when she was in the fifth grade attending Mohawk Elementary and continuing throughout her years at Dakota High School in Macomb. In the ninth grade, Laura’s journey at Macomb Community College began when she enrolled in a Spanish language class. During her senior year of high school, she was dual enrolled at Macomb, taking classes at both the college and her high school.

After graduating high school, Laura attended Michigan State University. She earned two bachelor’s degrees in three years—one in biomedical laboratory science and the other in human biology. Then it was back to Macomb to attend the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in the college’s University Center at its Center Campus in Clinton Township. Tragically, Laura lost her life at the age of 25 in an automobile accident on Nov. 25, 2019. The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine posthumously awarded her doctor of osteopathy in April 2020.

To honor her memory, Laura’s parents, Debbie and Rob Osaer, established an endowed scholarship at Macomb Community College: the Laura K. Osaer, D.O. Memorial Endowed Scholarship for the Sciences.

“We felt like we wanted to do something for her and something for the community at the same time,” Debbie says. “She always wanted to help people. We started this scholarship to continue her legacy of helping people.”

People sitting at a booth at the golf outing

The Dr. Laura K. Osaer Scholarship Endowment Golf Outing

The Osaer family and friends have provided enormous support for the scholarship. Starting with a bench dedication near the entrance to the medical school on Macomb’s Center Campus, activities to grow funding for the scholarship continue to expand. A golf tournament held on May 17, Laura’s birthday, drew more than 200 participants and raised nearly $18,000 for the scholarship program.

“Because it was on her birthday, it was more than a fundraiser; it was a celebration of her life,” says Debbie. “It warms my heart. She meant so much to other people and that’s why we’re seeing this outpouring of support.”

The goal now for the Osaer family and friends is to continue to build the scholarship so that larger grants can be given to more students. Plans for future golf tournaments and perhaps even a euchre tournament are in the works.

The Osaer scholarship was made available to students beginning with the fall 2021 semester. To be eligible, students must be pursuing a degree in a medical or scientific field, maintain a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled at least half-time each semester of the award. For more information on the scholarship, visit macomb.academicworks.com and search for Osaer.

“She always wanted to help people. We started this scholarship to continue her legacy of helping people.”
—Debbie Osaer, mother of Dr. Laura Osaer

Helping Fulfill Students’ Dreams

The Macomb Community College Foundation develops resources for scholarships and college programs, supporting community members in tapping the power of education to transform their lives. For more information about scholarships and the work of the foundation, contact Brianna Bentley at 586.445.7302 or foundation@macomb.edu.