July 13, 2012

Clifford H. Spicer Memorial Scholarship

Clifford Spicer, founder of Spicer Engineering, was a registered professional engineer and professional land surveyor. A member and past president of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, Michigan Society of Land Surveyors, Michigan Waterworks Association and Michigan Water Pollution Control Federation, he served also on the Board of Appeals on Zoning for the City of Saginaw for 21 years.

Mr. Spicer was from South Lyon, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan and founded Spicer Engineering in 1944. Today known as Spicer Group, the company employs over 200 people across Michigan. Mr. Spicer and his wife Mildred Field Spicer were married for 65 years and had four children, Russell H. and William E. Spicer, Edna J. Blaisdell and Beverly M. Shaw.

At Spicer Engineering’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 1994, Mr. Spicer was honored by community leaders, including Governor John Engler and employees of Spicer Engineering. Former Saginaw Township Manager Frank Jones remarked, “Clifford Spicer … instilled in all employees his own extremely high professional work ethic. A finer gentlemen and engineer I have yet to meet.” Mr. Spicer died in 1997 at the age of 94.


  • High school senior or college student
  • Michigan resident
  • Minimum GPA requirements for high school senior, 3.0; 2.5 for college freshman; 2.75 for college sophomore; 3.0 for college junior
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in land surveying or civil engineering major
  • Attending an ABET-accredited program. If there are no applicants attending an ABET-accredited program, then a student who is enrolled in a transfer program to an ABET-accredited program may be considered.
  • Full-time enrollment

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scholastic record (30)
  • Essay (30)
  • Community and/or school involvement (15)
  • Leadership (15)
  • Financial need (10)