Andrea Larsen Scott, Chair, UMMNH Board of Advisors

As a child, Andrea Larsen Scott’s parents and brother were avid “rock hounds” who enjoyed hunting fossils and minerals throughout the State of Michigan. Andrea recalls many vacations and day trips that centered around her family’s passion. And while her family hunted, Andrea enjoyed sitting in the car, reading her books.

So when Andrea donated $50,000 to establish The Larsen Family Exhibit Endowment Fund at the U-M Museum of Natural History, she wanted her gift to support geology with an emphasis on Michigan rocks and minerals to honor her family’s avocation. Her gift will support a changing exhibit of mineral specimens which will be displayed in the new Museum when it opens in 2019. “I have such fond memories of visiting the Museum as a child, and as a Michigan student,” said Andrea.“I'm thrilled to make this gift in honor of my family.”

With her gift, Andrea ensures that future generations of Museum visitors will have the opportunity to see and learn about the geologic treasures that were so loved by her parents and brother.

Museum staff and U-M scientists are already planning exhibits for the new Museum to present U-M’s world-class mineral collections with the latest scientific information, and The Larsen Family Exhibit Endowment will provide greater flexibility for changing and updating the exhibits.

"Andrea has graciously given her time, expertise and friendship as the Chair of our Board of Advisors. This generous gift will ensure that her love of the Museum is shared with visitors of all ages for years to come," said Amy Harris, Museum director. "We can't thank her enough for her generosity."

Interested in establishing an endowment fund or making a donation? Contact Nora Weber at norawe@umich.edu or 734-936-5834.