​​​Walter P. Nickell Memorial Fund


Dr. Walter P. Nickell was a noted Michigan naturalist, ornithologist, and teacher who served as a faculty member at the Cranbrook Institute of Science for 33 years. Known affectionately as the "Birdman of Cranbrook", he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by CMU in 1964. CMU's Museum of Cultural and Natural History is honored to hold several bird and bird nest specimens collected by Dr. Nickell.

The Walter P. Nickell Memorial Fund was established by the family of Dr. Nickell to provide scholarships to students pursuing a career in museum natural history work. Student interests or majors are not restricted and all are encouraged to apply, although preference is given to Museum Studies minors. Scholarships are granted to students of good academic standing that are in financial need, and are assisting with projects within the Museum of Cultural and Natural History. Award amounts will be dependent upon the number of awards granted.

Internship Program Award


The Museum of Cultural and Natural History Internship Program Award is an endowment funded by gifts from Central Michigan University alumni, staff, retirees, and friends. A competitive monetary award will be given to one or more students each year to assist with access to, and participation in, internship opportunities. This award is non-renewable and award amounts vary based on need.