Media and Information Scholarships

Scholarship applications are for Media and Information scholarships that would be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. In order to qualify for a scholarship, you must be taking classes fall 2017 - spring 2018.

Note that you will also need:

  • A resume.
  • Cover letter.
  • One letter of recommendation from someone who is not a member of the Media and Information scholarship committee (letter should be sent from the writer - can be emailed to tisminfo@msu.edu).
  • Additional material may be required - please double check the specifics of the scholarship(s) you are applying for to see if there are additional application requirements.

Thank you, Donors!

Thank you to all donors whose gifts allow us to award our Media and Information scholarships! Your contributions continue to promote excellence amongst students across all areas of study offered by the Department of Media and Information. You have given many of our best students a chance to further their education in ways that would not have been possible without your help and we are grateful for your generosity!
 

Scholarship List


Gene F. Jankowski Scholarships in Telecommunication (Incoming Freshman)

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Summer 1990

Scholarship Fund Description:

The Gene F. Jankowski Scholarship Fund honors Gene Jankowski's successful career and commitment to the telecommunication industry. A graduate of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences who earned an M.S. degree in Telecommunication, this fund reflects his belief in the value of a strong liberal arts education to prepare students to succeed in a rapidly growing profession.

In addition, as a part of Michigan State University's goal to promote cultural and ethnic diversity through MSU IDEA (Institutional Diversity: Excellence in Action), it is the intent of the Jankowski Scholarship to encourage outstanding diverse students to pursue careers in telecommunication and to help them achieve their objective at MSU.

This award further is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Entering freshmen or current students who are graduates of the City of Detroit Public High Schools. As the Gene F. Jankowski Scholarships in Telecommunication fund grows, the program may be expanded to include students from other Michigan public high schools.
  • Students who have been accepted into Michigan State University and have chosen the Department of Media and Information for their major preference.
  • Excellent high school academic records.
  • Demonstration of leadership ability through participation in extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Financial need may be considered.

Application Requirements:

  • Submission of a 250-word essay addressing the applicant

MSU Telecasters Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund Type: Expendable Scholarship
Scholarship Fund Established: Spring 2010

Scholarship Fund Description:

This scholarship is funded by the MSU Telecasters Alumni Group to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a worthy and capable student at Michigan State University.
  • Must be an active member of the MSU Telecasters TV production student organization for two semesters by the time the scholarship is conferred with the expectation of continued participation in the group.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicants must submit an essay and/or video essay describing their experience with the MSU Telecasters and how the scholarship will aid them in pursuit of a career in Mass Media or Communications.

Additional Funding Notes:

  • The Department of TISM with the support of the MSU Telecasters Alumni Group is responsible for publicizing the existence of this award program, nomination procedures and the deadlines.
  • Funds are to be utilized by students in the MSU Telecasters TV production organization to fund scholarships, the purchase of equipment or student experiences/support of activities to be utilized by students in MSU Telecasters.
  • Minimum award amount: $500

Additional Judging Criteria:

  • The faculty advisor of MSU Telecasters shall review all applications and have an equal vote and voice on the Department of TISM.

Ira and Jennie Greene Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Spring 1998

Scholarship Fund Description:

The scholarship is named for and gives recognition to Ira and Jennie Greene of Hamden, Connecticut, first generation Americans, who understood and fostered the importance of education in an individual's life. Among other achievements, through their commitment to a strong work ethic and staunch family values, they were able to provide the encouragement and resources that enabled their son, David, to attend and graduate from Michigan State University. The deeper significance of the relationship between MSU and the Greene family, though, rests not only on the fine quality of education David Greene received at Michigan State and the opportunities it created to help him achieve his personal best, but on the continual contributions the University has made to the various family members during their lifetimes.

The real character and strength of Michigan State University, from the Greene's perspective, is reflected in the pride and individual fulfillment they've gained via ongoing communications and contact with Michigan State.


Kevin R. Markwardt Award

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Spring 1998

Scholarship Fund Description:

Kevin was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 22, 1955. He attended Franklin High School in Livonia, Michigan, where he graduated "With Honors" and was "Honorable Mention All State" defensive end on their football team in his senior year. At MSU, he majored in Telecommunication and graduated "With Honors" in 1977. Kevin was a sports fanatic and attended most events at the school even after graduation. Kevin died February 5, 1979, in an automobile accident on his way home after attending an MSU basketball tournament weekend.

This award is intended to encourage students who have the demonstrated capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
  • Recipient(s) should be at least in their junior year with a B (3.0) grade point average.

Michael A. Chaprnka Endowed Scholarship Award

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Fall 1999

Scholarship Fund Description:

This scholarship award is established in memory of Michael A. Chaprnka who was a strong young scholar at Michigan State University seeking and finding his calling in the field of Telecommunication. Michael always demonstrated exceptional industry by supplementing his dedication to education by part-time jobs. His solid creativity and expressive nature is recalled by his trio that played and produced their own music. Mike was a caring, modest and thoughtful person who brought joy and happiness to those he met throughout his life. He was especially loyal to his wide circle of well-chosen friends. An extremely positive and happy person. Mike offered a ready smile and warm humor to all. Above all, Michael dedicated his life and interest to others. He was deeply respected by his peers as well as younger and older persons who knew him. His love of his family and close friends was attested by the large outpouring by his numerous friends who participated in his memorial service. Michael A. Chaprnka is a person whose life promised unlimited potential with his strong talents as a writer, speaker and musician.

The warm, kind honesty of his personality will remain at MSU and in the minds, hearts and memories of all who knew him. Accordingly, the parents, friends and associates of Michael A. Chaprnka join with the Department of Telecommunication of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences of Michigan State University to initiate a memorial to award students who exhibit the characteristics exhibited by this outstanding young person.

The award is intended to encourage students who have the demonstrated capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Media and Information.
  • Dedicated to and planning study in areas of telecommunication.
  • An outstanding scholar maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Have reached second year (sophomore) status.
  • Exhibit scholarship, industry, creativity and optimism, demonstrate concern for others, is respected by a wide circle of people and peer leadership by attributes of strong personal integrity.

Additional Funding Notes:

Annual announcement of the scholarship will be made to generally coincide with the spring commencement of the University to further recall Michael's passing in March 1999.

Additional Judging Criteria:

Selected by a committee to include faculty and a student representative of Media and Information from among students nominated for this award.


Communication Arts and Sciences Scholarship in Telecommunication

This scholarship was made possible by charitable donations from Bruce and Marilyn Richardson.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Recipients shall be undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Media and Information. Preference shall be given to students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. Scholarship recipients are eligible for application in subsequent years.
  • Recipients shall be selected by a scholarship committee in the Department of Media and Information and approved by the Dean of the College.
  • The scholarship shall be announced during the spring semester with the award effective the following summer or fall semester. The scholarship is normally credited during the tuition payment process. The number of scholarships shall be determined by the amount of funds available on an annual basis, but the minimum amount per recipient shall be $1000.
  • The Department of Media and Information is responsible for publicizing the existence of this scholarship program, nomination procedures and deadlines.
  • Recipients shall be requested to express acceptance and appreciation of the scholarship in writing within six weeks of notification of the scholarship.
  • The University shall have no obligation other than ordinary prudence to verify eligibility to applicants.
  • If in a given year, no application for the scholarship is made by any of the individuals eligible, as defined in subparagraph (1), the amount that was awarded will be held for award in subsequent years. In the same manner, should a recipient become ineligible for any reason, the amount that was to be awarded will be held for award in subsequent years.
  • If State or Federal actions, or other events render expenditures unnecessary or impracticable for the purposes and objectives specified in this agreement, the University shall request direction from the donor as to the application of the fund. If the donor fails to give such direction within a reasonable period of time or refuses to give such direction, the fund shall be used in the area of greatest opportunity as determined from time to time by the Department of Media and Information and approved by the Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

The University may accept additional contributions to the fund from the donors or other parties interested in supporting this program. All such additional contributions shall be governed by and subject to the terms of this agreement as amended from time to time.

Donors expressly reserve the right to amend or terminate this agreement subject to the mutual agreement of the parties involved. It is understood at all such amendments must comply with the University policy governing scholarships in effect at the time of the amendment.

The parties hereto agree that the general rules and regulations governing University scholarship programs, as amended from time to time, shall apply except as modified herein.


Robert J. & Joanne P. Kobel and Susan Meurer Expendable Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Type: Expendable
Scholarship Fund Established: Spring 2010

Scholarship Fund Description:

The scholarship recognizes the influence of Michigan State University and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences on Robert Kobel's post-college life and work. The award also honors Robert's wife, Joanne, and sister, Susan - an MSU graduate - for their support and encouragement.

The award is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Media and Information.
  • Full time student within the department or have indicated a preference for a major within the department.
  • Students considering a career in electronic media including broadcasting, cable or telecommunication.
  • Students who have been previously awarded the Robert J. & Joanne P. Kobel and Susan Meurer Expendable Scholarship are eligible to apply again, but must be able to show steady progress in achieving educational and professional goals in the area of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.

Additional Funding Notes:

  • A student may be awarded the scholarship multiple years.
  • Minimum award amount: $1000

Gary Reid Professional Development Fund

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Fall 2005

Scholarship Fund Description:

The donors wish to create a fund to support students who have specific, well-defined aspirations to succeed in the professional audio, radio, television and film industries. These students must demonstrate the requisite skills, professional demeanor, and perhaps most importantly, the motivation to succeed. Donors to this fund are encouraged to be available as resources to award recipients for professional advice, guidance and networking.

Moving talented students from college into the professional community is the over arching philosophy of this endowment. As such, the guidelines should be broad enough to support this process. It is intended to institutionalize and pay tribute to the vision and deep sense of personal commitment that has been the hallmark of Gary Reid's professional academic career.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Media and Information.
  • Recipients shall be a junior, senior or graduate student in the Department of Media and Information.
  • Preference will be given to applicants desiring an internship in the Los Angeles area, although in the absence of such a candidate these funds may be used to support internship work anywhere in the United State outside of the State of Michigan.

  • The award can be used for, but not limited to, housing, transportation, tuition and other required expenses incurred during the internship experience.

Thomas A. Muth, Sr. Endowed Fund in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Fall 2007

Scholarship Fund Description:

This endowed fund is established by Tom Muth's former students, colleagues, and friends in celebration of more than 30 years of teaching, research and service to Michigan State University and the Department of Media and Information. Tom has been an inspiration to undergraduate and graduate students alike, providing academic guidance and career advice to many grateful former students. His mix of legal acumen and communication scholarship, coupled with an innovative teaching style that challenged students to explore the complex policy issues raised by modern communication and information technologies has made Tom one of MSU's most beloved professors. He has received excellence in teaching awards from the Golden Key National Honor Society and Michigan State University, and a leadership award from the Lansing Chamber of Commerce. Tom helped to found ASCOT, a student organization that focuses on preparing students for careers in the communications industries, and served as its faculty advisor. He has initiated many projects that directly connected students with industry and with communities in the state. He has been a sought-after consultant in the state, providing advice to both city and state government in matters relating to telecommunications policy. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Muth served as interim chair of the Department of Telecommunication, as it was known at the time form 1996 to 1999.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Media and Information.
  • An undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
  • Preference shall be given to students that:
    • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the federal government, according to its policies and procedures.
    • Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4 point scale).
    • Participate in activities that enhance career opportunities (e.g. networking events, internships, professional association memberships, attending professional conferences).

Additional Funding Notes:

Funds may be used for undergraduate and graduate student scholarships, technology and equipment upgrades for teaching and research that benefit students, and to support ASCOT (Associated Students for Career Orientation in Telecommunication) activities, or for any emerging needs that have a direct positive impact on the student experience, all in the Department of Media and Information.

Technology and equipment upgrades that benefit students:

Faculty within Media and Information may submit proposals to the department chair for technology and equipment upgrades that enhance the student experience. Proposals should demonstrate how students will utilize or be directly impacted by the use of the new technology or equipment purchases.

Support ASCOT:

Members of ASCOT, with the endorsement of the faculty advisor, may submit project proposals to the department chair to assist ASCOT in its activities that provide career and professional development opportunities for students.

Emerging needs:

Flexibility exists to use expendable amounts for future needs of the Media and Information department that will have a direct and positive impact on the student experience.


Maxine and John (Jake) Ferris Global Award in Technologies & Applications

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: December 2009

Scholarship Fund Description:

Active, vibrant members of the MSU and East Lansing communities, Maxine and John (Jake) are also MSU alumni: Maxine earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and Jake earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Maxine and Jake are Professors Emeritus of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and, believe that international experiences broaden students' perspectives and help them become better citizens of the world. Maxine and Jake will establish an endowed fund to help support students in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development initiative, a collaboration of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the Honors College that includes a specialization and study abroad program.

The scholarship fund supports student participation in the ICT Global Corps or overseas fieldwork in technologies & applications in the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU.

Scholarship funds are to help cover the cost of travel and other related expenses associated with participating in the ICT Global Corps.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Media and Information.
  • Scholarship funds are to help cover the cost of travel and other related expenses associated with participating in the ICT Global Corps.

Robert W. Schlater Graduate Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Fall 1993; amended Fall 1996 (originally called the Robert W Schlater Graduate Assistantship in Television Production).

Scholarship Fund Description:

The Robert W. Schlater Graduate Scholarship honors Telecommunication faculty member and Department Chair Robert W. Schlater. Professor Schlater attended the University of Nebraska, where he was president of his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, and received his baccalaureate in 1943. After serving in the army for three years, Professor Schlater completed his tour of duty at the close of World War II assigned to the Headquarters Berlin District.

Robert Schlater resumed his education at Columbia University where he earned a master's degree in 1948. He was a radio news writer in Rhode Island and wrote promotion and advertising for Armour and Co. in Chicago. He continued his career in the burgeoning field of television production, arriving at MSU with the reputation of a state-of-the-art producer for educational television. He arrived on campus to pursue his intense desire to teach. After receiving his Ph.D., Professor Schlater joined the Department of Telecommunication faculty in 1964, serving as Department Chair from 1970-1980. Throughout his professional career at MSU, he continued to teach, focusing on the undergraduate course in television production. His understanding and affection for undergraduate students were equally reciprocated. In 1977, the Broadcast Promotion Association honored Robert Schlater with life membership. The Schlater Studio in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building is named in his honor.

The Robert W. Schlater Graduate Scholarship, through its support of graduate students, is intended to emphasize teaching undergraduate students the art and practice of television production. This Graduate Scholarship program will assist those graduate students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

In 1993, Dr. Jean Schlater Kennedy established, and in 1996 amended, the Robert W. Schlater Graduate Scholarship to benefit full-time graduate students studying television production and related media arts in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Department of Media and Information.

Whereas the award previously was intended to support a graduate assistantship, it is now for awarding a scholarship for graduate students studying in the areas of television production and related media arts.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Media and Information.
  2. First or second year graduate student with emphasis in media arts and/or television production (or name in current usage).
  3. Interest in pursuing a career in the television production industry.
  4. Strong academic background and good academic standing as determined by the Department of Media and Information.
  5. Previous industry experience. As Robert Schlater came to Michigan State University with significant industry experience, applicants with previous industry experience who meet the above criteria shall be encouraged particularly to apply for this award.
  6. Preference will be given to students who are also graduate teaching assistants in the areas of television production and related media arts.

Additional Funding Notes:

A wall plaque in the Schlater Studio will carry the name and year of each holder of this Assistantship beginning fall semester, 1993.


Thomas F. Baldwin Endowed Fellowship

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: February 2006

Scholarship Fund Description:

This endowed fellowship is established by Tom Baldwin's colleagues, former students and friends in celebration of more than 40 years of teaching, research and service to Michigan State University and the Department of Media and Information. Tom is considered by many to be the father of cable television education in the United States and a groundbreaking researcher on issues important to the cable industry. In addition, Dr. Baldwin was the chair of the committee that originated the Mass Media Ph.D. Program in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 1978 and was the director of that program for 18 years. He also served as the acting chair of the Department of Telecommunication (now called Media and Information) on multiple occasions and the department flourished because of his vision. Tom has also served as a telecommunication consultant in Hong Kong, South Korea and China.

He passed away in 2011.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Media and Information.
  • A graduate student enrolled in the Department of Media and Information.

Nancy Seidman Dempsey Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Fall 1977

Scholarship Fund Description:

This scholarship fund was established by the West Michigan Telecasters, Inc. in fall 1977 as a memorial to Mrs. Nancy Seidman Dempsey.

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships in the graduate school of communications for students who propose to follow a television career. Consideration should also be given in support of increasing diversity when scholarships are awarded, as well as students aiming toward educational television.

Nancy Dempsey graduated from Vassar College (A.B. '45-4) and received her M.A. degree in Broadcasting from Michigan State University in 1970. Nancy was Director of Public Relations for Grand Valley State College from 1961 to 1969, during which time she produced several television programs for local stations, including a series later used in the instructional program of The State University of New York. She taught at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, in 1970-71, in the Department of Speech and Communications where she was also supervisor of students' independent study projects in mass media. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Michigan Classroom Television.

Nancy started her employment at WZZM, West Michigan Telecasters, Inc. September 13, 1971. She was a five-time winner of the Michigan Associated Press Broadcasters' Association award for Editorials. In 1971, the winning Editorial was "Freedom of the Press." In 1975, it was "The Kent County Air Show."

"One and One Is... Dos" was her major hour-long documentary. She produced a number of others for the series "At Issue," including "The Rivers Are Merging," "New Man In Lansing," and "Erosion: The People Vs. The Lake." For this series in 1975, she received the Scripps-Howard Foundation Distinguished Journalism Citation.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate students enrolled in the Department of Media and Information.
  • Students studying electronic or new media.
  • Preference will be given to students with diverse backgrounds and also students focusing on educational television/film.