Journalism Scholarships

About 230 Journalism students receive scholarships from the School of Journalism, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Journalism scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students, and range from several hundred dollars to a full year of tuition.

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Journalism Student Scholarships

Scholarships in the School of Journalism are possible because of caring alumni and friends, who are especially interested in easing the financial burden of journalism students and helping them succeed. They remember what it was like to be in school.


Undergraduate Student Scholarships

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Graduate Student Scholarships

Incoming students may apply:

For professional teachers:

Scholarships are applied the following fall semester following their award

Scholarships awarded in spring are applied the following fall semester in most cases. Seniors are not eligible for scholarships if they are graduating in the spring and have completed all of their coursework.

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Scholarship Deadline

Journalism scholarship applications are due on Monday, January 22, 2018 by midnight with the exception of the Bob Gross scholarship for incoming freshman. That deadline will be March 1, 2018.

Questions? Please contact L.A. Dickerson.


Scholarship Descriptions

Albert Applegate Scholarship

Dr. Albert Applegate was the long-time director of the J-School, joining the faculty in 1935. He spent his career in the pursuit of excellence as a journalist and as a teacher. Dr. Applegate is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Qualifications:

  • A senior or seniors who excels in scholarly and journalistic activities throughout his or her undergraduate program, embodying the spirit and legacy of this legendary J-School professor

Bonnie Bucqueroux Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in the honor of Bonnie Bucqueroux. Bucqueroux was a prolific writer and journalist, internet pioneer, videographer, congressional candidate, animal lover, radio and TV host, and beloved MSU adjunct professor until her death in 2015. Bucqueroux possessed a wide-ranging intellect and curiosity that earned her respect as a national expert on subjects that included community policing, online training for a variety of subjects, digital media, citizen journalism and sustainable agriculture. She also did early work with Michigan Farmer Magazine and developed Victims in the Media training for the School of Journalism students and news institutions across the globe. Bucqueroux was a National Magazine Award winner and Detroit Press Club Award winner, and she was recognized as Writer of the Year by the American Agricultural Editors Association.

As a journalism instructor and lecturer at MSU, Bucqueroux always found time to help students achieve their goals in the program and in journalism. She forged bonds with students that lasted long past the end of their college careers. Always comfortable making others uncomfortable, and never one to shy away from controversy, she encouraged her students to do the same and to seek the truth. She imparted her passion for social justice to her students and demonstrated to them how they could become a voice for the voiceless through citizen journalism.

The award is funded by people she influenced, in honor of their friendship inspired by a shared passion for journalism and education.

Qualifications:

Applicants will be asked to articulate the following in a 500-600 word essay:

  • A unique life challenge that they faced and they were able to overcome
  • Passion for journalism or journalism entrepreneurship, and
  • Plans to contribute to community through journalism after graduation
  • Recipients shall have demonstrated financial need


Bob Gross Memorial Scholarship (For Entering Freshmen)

Established by the family and friends of Bob Gross, a sports reporter at theLansing State Journal, who died in an accident early in his career. He had a 34-year career with the Lansing State Journal and received an award from the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame for “Exemplary Dedication and Commitment to High School Sports.”

This scholarship is awarded in late spring. Deadline is March 1.

Qualifications:

  • This scholarship is for an entering freshman from mid-Michigan who has demonstrated interest and intent of majoring in journalism and shows sincere promise as a journalist 
  • Preference may be given to students interested in being sports journalists 

Capital News Service/Bill Cote Endowed Scholarship

A veteran Booth Newspapers State Capitol Bureau reporter, Bill Cote joined the Journalism School full time in 1986 and ran Capital News Service until his retirement in 2002. Long considered one of the most innovative and respected bureau of its kind on any college campus, CNS alumni endowed this scholarship in his honor.

Qualifications:

  • Given to journalism juniors or seniors who have completed at least one semester of exceptional work at CNS
  • Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.2

Donald F. Katherine K. Dahlstrom Scholarship

This scholarship is for undergraduate or graduate students planning a career in environmental journalism. Awards are given in two categories: 1) for outstanding coverage by a Capital News Service correspondent, and 2) a scholarship for a high school student to attend a scholastic journalism workshop or conference related to environmental journalism or for a teacher education undergraduate or graduate student desiring to take an environmental journalism course in the School of Journalism. Preference is given to residents of Genesee and Ottawa counties.


Don Caldwell Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Journalism

This scholarship has been established by Robert and Charlotte Caldwell to honor the memory of their son, Don Caldwell, a 1981 Journalism graduate. After graduation Don gave two years of service in the Peace Corps in Swaziland. After working as a journalist at the Tampa Tribune he returned to South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. There Don enjoyed a successful career as a journalist in television and radio.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student planning a career in science and environmental journalism

Edward A. Augenstein Memorial Scholarship

Reporters who covered the state capital in the 1940s through the 1970s knew that the first person they needed to meet was Edward Augenstein, pressroom manager at the Capitol for 35 years. His son set up this scholarship to honor the memory and work of his father. This award is given annually.

Qualifications:

  • Recipient is selected on a basis of potential for success in journalism
  • At least junior status 
  • Capital News Service experience (or similar experience) 
  • Academic achievement 
  • Financial need

Elizabeth Mangner Neil Overseas Study Scholarship

Elizabeth Mangner Neil supported her grandson, Craig J. Gehring, in his six-month overseas study experience to Yugoslavia when he attended MSU. The experience was a life-changing event for him, giving him an understanding and appreciation of other cultures.

Gehring established the Elizabeth Mangner Neil Overseas Study Scholarship for journalism undergraduate majors with at least junior standing in honor of his grandmother. Financial need may be considered.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants will submit a statement indicating why they feel overseas study is of value to them and how this experience will help prepare them for their intended career
  • Priority will be given to those with no overseas experience and to those enrolled in overseas study courses offered by the School of Journalism

Gannett Foundation Hispanics in Journalism Scholarship

This scholarship was founded in 1989 thanks to the generosity of the Gannett Foundation. During the spring semester, one or more students will be selected for this scholarship.

Qualifications:

  • Academic achievement 
  • Financial need
  • Interest in pursuing journalism as a career 
  • Recipient will be of Hispanic origin as long as the Hispanic population at the School of Journalism is underrepresented 

Gordon A. Sabine Endowed Journalism Scholarship

Dr. Sabine was the first dean of the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences. He was also a newspaper reporter, editor and educator. He stressed the importance of education for journalism in the many arts and sciences, which inform good journalists. Dr. Sabine also was vice president for Special Projects at MSU and his creative thinking and innovative recruiting strategies helped make MSU the world-class university it is today.

This award, generously given by Robert Sabine and Ellen Sabine, recognizes a junior, senior, or graduate student in the School of Journalism.

Qualifications:

  • Journalism major
  • Junior, senior or graduate student

Investigative Journalism Scholarship in Memory of CBS News Correspondent Ed Bradley

Margie Bauman graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1964 and continues to enjoy a career in Journalism. She deeply values giving back, and wants to provide for current J-School students. From May 1976 to September 1977, she worked for CBS in New York City as a vacation relief writer at the CBS News Broadcast Center covering major national and international events. She was there during Ed Bradley's tenure and was inspired by his work. Ed, who is known for his work in journalism including as a correspondent on 60 Minutes, never went to MSU (Penn graduate) but did live in Detroit. Not only does this scholarship allow Margie to help current students, but it also recognizes a renowned journalist. 

Qualifications:

  • Recipients shall be selected on the basis of financial need

Jane J. Carter Endowed Scholarship

Jane J. Carter valued education, superior news reporting, and the quest for knowledge. L. Susan Carter established the scholarship as a tribute to her mother to benefit worthy and capable students enrolled in The School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate is a student interested in multi-platform journalism with a particular emphasis in broadcast/cable/satellite with preference given to students from the Great Lakes Region who maintain a 3.0 GPA

Joe Falls Scholarship

After 58 years of covering the biggest and smallest names in athletics, the only name truly synonymous with Detroit sports was Joe Falls’ own. He started off as a copy boy at the Associated Press bureau in New York before transferring to Detroit in 1953, only to be hired in at The Detroit Times in 1956. He moved to the Detroit Free Press in 1960, and started as a sports columnist at the Detroit News in 1978. In the spring of 2004 he was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. This scholarship was set up to remember Falls and recipients must be undergraduates in the Journalism School who have reached at least junior status.

Qualifications:

  • Junior
  • Preference is given to students interested in pursuing sports writing and/or column writing

John Krieg Scholarship

A 1982 J-School graduate, John Krieg worked for a variety of small and mid-sized daily newspapers in Michigan. He worked for the State News as a copy editor and garnered numerous writing awards during his time on campus. He was news editor of the Morning Sun in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He died in an apartment fire in Mount Pleasant in 1984. He was just 23 years old. Friends and colleagues established this scholarship in his memory.

Qualifications:

  • This award is open to full or part-time juniors majoring in journalism 
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Expressed career interest in newspaper journalism
  • Preference will be given to students who have or are working or interning at a newspaper, or have financial need
  • Application must include essay on the applicant's philosophy of working with people

Ken Winter Scholarship in Journalism

Ken Winter is the former editor and publisher of the Petoskey News-Review. His newspapers repeatedly were judged the best in their circulation category in national and state contests. Winter was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2011.

This 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.

This scholarship is not offered every year.

Qualifications:

  • The recipient should be a junior enrolled full-time in the School of Journalism 
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Preferences will be given to students considering a career in newspaper or print journalism

Kyle C. Kerbawy Graduate Scholarship

A Journalism School undergraduate in the turbulent 1960s, Kerbawy was editor of the State News, graduating in 1967. He earned his MBA in 1969. A member of the School's Professional Advisory Council, he is a charter members of MSU's Beaumont Tower Society. He established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to a graduate student in journalism.

Qualifications:

  • Recipients must be enrolled in the School of Journalism in the Master of Arts program at the time the award is activated
  • Funds may be used to support worthy research endeavors (support may include travel, computer time, attendance at professional meetings and other activities supporting worthy research) 
  • There shall also be satisfactory progress toward a degree 
  • Financial need may be considered 

Larry Lee Overseas Study Scholarship

Larry Lee, a 1970 graduate of the School of Journalism at MSU, spent a career in Lansing covering politics and public affairs for Gongwer News Service, a pioneering enterprise specializing in intensive reporting on those state-based issues. At MSU he began to appreciate the importance of a world view in addressing problems. Extensive travel throughout his life underscored the great opportunities to enhance learning by extended exposure to people in other countries. To that end, this scholarship is intended to make those opportunities available to Journalism students at MSU.

Qualifications:

  • Scholarships will be awarded to students participating in MSU approved study abroad programs 
  • Students shall be full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Journalism and must meet the school's minimum GPA requirements

Lawrence and Linda Sims Scholarship

Lawrence H. Sims is a 1971 graduate of MSU with a degree in Economics. Linda (Lein) Sims graduated in 1976 with a degree in Journalism. Their son, Alexander, graduated from the College of Engineering and the Honors College in 2014. This four generation Spartan family, beginning with Linda's grandfather who was a graduate of Veterinary Medicine, has chosen to honor their family legacy and to provide support for students to attend MSU from their home community of Saginaw, Michigan, where Lawrence and Linda Sims are actively involved as leaders in business and community service. 

Qualifications:

  • Incoming first year undergraduate students from Saginaw County with a high school GPA of at least 3.5 and who intend to major in Journalism 
  • If no eligible students from Saginaw County, the Scholarship may be awarded to students from Bay County or Midland County with a high school GPA of at least 3.5 and intending to major in Journalism or one of the majors within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • If there are no eligible students from Bay or Midland County, the Scholarship may be awarded to students from the State of Michigan with a high school GPA of at least 3.5, who intend to major in Journalism or one of the majors within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • This scholarship is awarded in late spring - deadline is March 1, 2018

Len Barnes AAA Michigan Fund Scholarship

Len Barnes was a 1943 graduate of the J-School and long time editor of the AAA Michigan magazine, Michigan Living. The award honors his career in travel and recreational journalism that has made Michigan Living among the most respected travel journals and a standard of excellence for others in the field. This award was established by the Auto Club Insurance Association.

Qualifications:

  • Recipients will be upperclass or graduate students at the time the award is activated 
  • Show a stated interest in recreation or environmental reporting as evidenced by clips of work in the area, statement of career interest and plans, or other material as required by the School of Journalism

Marion Tuttle Marzolf Scholarship

Marion Tuttle Marzolf, professor emerita at The University of Michigan, taught courses in reporting, journalism history, and women in journalism from 1967 until her retirement in 1995. She also offered special courses in American Studies and in Scandinavian Studies. She served as associate director in the Department of Communication from 1987-1991. She received her BA in Journalism at Michigan State University. She taught part-time in journalism at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan, while earning her American Studies Ph.D. (1972) at Michigan. She was active in the Association for Education in Journalism and Women in Communication, Inc. Marion looks back on those formative years in Grand Rapids Junior College and Michigan State University as fundamental in giving shape and meaning to her life. She intended to be a working news reporter, but in those days found it difficult for a woman to obtain a job in daily news reporting. She was a copyboy at the Washington Post and took a Girl Friday job at the National Geographic Magazine. She encourages young people today to pursue their dreams and remain open to opportunities that arise. 

Qualifications:

  • Recipients must demonstrate financial need
  • Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Recipients must reside in the State of Michigan 
  • Recipients must be studying Journalism 
  • Preference shall be given to students transferring from community or junior colleges, or from another four year university 

Mary Adelaide Gardner Scholarship

Established with a gift by the late Dr. Mary Adelaide Gardner, a legendary journalism professor at MSU from 1966-1991, these scholarships pay full or partial tuition costs for one academic year for a full-time junior or a full-time incoming master's student.

Dr. Gardner served as the first woman president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and also ran a summer journalism workshop for 20 years for El Norte, a newspaper in Monterrey, Mexico. She was adamant that students complete an internship as part of their education. The scholarships are awarded in the spring term for use in the following academic year. Dr. Gardner was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Qualifications:

  • Full-time junior or
  • Full-time incoming master's student 
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

Mary Gardner Study in Mexico Scholarship

Professor Mary Gardner joined the journalism faculty in 1966 where she became the first woman faculty member with tenure. She retired from MSU in 1991 after a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar. In addition to mentoring hundreds of students at MSU and the University of Texas at Austin, Professor Gardner served as the first woman president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Professor Gardner also contributed to the development of an independent press system in Mexico and spent every summer for 20 years running a summer journalism workshop for El Norte, a newspaper in Monterrey, Mexico.

A scholarship will be given each year to study in Mexico. Funds may also be used for study-related expenses such as, but not limited to, travel and lodging.

Qualifications:

  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Journalism major
  • 90 credits or junior status

Michael A. Sandra & S. Clark Scholarship

Michael A. Clark obtained his BA, MA and Ph.D. from MSU’s College of Education. Sandra S. Clark obtained her BA and MA in history from MSU’s College of Arts and Letters. Strongly concerned about science education and the accurate coverage of the ever-increasing number of environment and science stories in the media, the Clarks wished to support students pursuing a career covering science and the environment as professional journalists.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students planning a career in science and environmental journalism

Mickie L. Edwardson Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Mickie L. Edwardson obtained her Ph.D. in Communication from MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Dr. Edwardson wished to establish the scholarship in memory and in recognition of the contributions of James Lawrence Fly, general solicitor and general counsel of the Tennessee Valley Authority which improved the environment for seven states while helping citizens get more abundant, less expensive electricity.

Qualifications:

  • MA and Ph.D. students studying environmental science communication in affiliation with the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Pell/MIPA Journalism Teacher Scholarship

This award is named after the longtime executive director of MIPA and Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame member Cheryl Pell, a J-School faculty member. It honors her selfless dedication to improving scholastic journalism and fighting for student press rights. This scholarship is available to middle, junior and high school journalism teachers with five or fewer years of journalism advising who wish to take journalism classes at the J-School toward certification or a degree in journalism. Preference will be given to teachers currently working or recently assigned as an adviser for the newspaper, yearbook, broadcast or video productions who wish to add journalism as an endorsement on their teaching certification.

This scholarship is awarded in late spring. Please contact Jeremy Steele. jws@mipamsu.org


Robert E. Godfrey Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded in the honor of Robert E. (Rip) Godfrey. Mr. Godfrey graduated from Michigan State in 1947 after playing football and serving as vice president of Phi Kappa Tau. He also belonged to the speech majors, football and Varsity Club. Mr. Godfrey's career as a journalist spanned 33 years. He worked as a radio and television reporter/editor as well as in radio station management.

Qualifications:

  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and a desire and willingness to participate in extracurricular activities 
  • The scholarship may be awarded to an entering freshman providing they have achieved and maintained at least a 3.0 GPA throughout high school 
  • Upper-class students may also receive the scholarship if they have achieved and maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their general and degree program curriculum
  • All applicants must present an essay of between 500-1,000 words about how your involvement in extracurricular activities has impacted you life and influenced your future

Robert Popa Scholarship

Robert Popa was a 1953 graduate of the J-School who launched his career as a copy editor at the Oakland Press. He left the paper for a two-year military stint at Stars and Stripes before returning to work as a reporter for the Detroit News. He left newspapers in 1972 to becoming the first press secretary to Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. He left that post to be the director of public information for Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. He later became the Michigan press secretary for the Carter-Mondale campaign and launched a successful career in public relations. The scholarship was established by his many friends in the industry following his death in 1989.

Qualifications:

  • Recipients will be selected on a basis of professional goals in journalism and have junior, senior or graduate student status and financial need

Serwach Leadership Scholarship

Joe Serwach was a 1987 J-School graduate and The State News editor-in-chief from 1985-1986. For almost 20 years Serwach donated funds to support his scholarship to help journalism students fulfill the best education possible.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate journalism major
  • Demonstrated superior leadership and reporting and writing ability for campus or professional media 

Stan Soffin Scholarship

The longtime director of the J-School and retired MSU Ombudsman, Stan Soffin earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1964 (we do not hold that against him), a master's degree in Journalism from MSU in 1968 and his doctorate in American Studies from MSU in 1975. Soffin worked as a high school teacher, an instructor at School of Journalism, a reporter and an editor. After 16 years as director of the School of Journalism, Soffin was appointed as ombudsman in 1998. He is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Qualifications:

  • Journalism major or master's student who has completed at least 56 credits (including transfer credits) if an undergraduate student; or nine graduate-level credits at MSU if a graduate student 
  • Met minimum requirements for full-time student status 
  • Performed volunteer community service 
  • Demonstrated potential talent and aptitude in journalism by earning at least a 3.0 in JRN 200 and 300 
  • Graduate students with professional media experience are exempt from this latter criterion 

Stone Boyd Student Opportunity Scholarship

Robin D. Stone is a 1986 graduate of the School of Journalism and is an accomplished journalist and author. Stone started her career in newspapers. She was an editor at the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Detroit Free Press. Her career and contributions to journalism garnered her an Outstanding Alumni Award from MSU in 2004. It is her hope that this scholarship will be given to students who have exhibited leadership skills in the face of adversity, who have overcome significant obstacles, or who have an interest in promoting cross-cultural understandings.

Qualifications:

  • Academic record reflecting a high GPA in the major
  • Participation in out-of-classroom experiences in journalism that can include student organizations or The State News
  • Must have experienced or secured an internship by the time they apply for the scholarship

Susan Goldberg Scholarship

Journalism School alumna Susan Goldberg has had a stellar career in the news industry. Her career successes include her tenure as executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News and editor of the Plain Dealer (Cleveland). Currently, she is an executive editor at National Geographic. Goldberg believes in the power of internships. She thinks her career success began one summer long ago in Seattle, at a newspaper that no longer exists, when she was hired directly from an 8-week internship into a permanent, full-time job as a reporter. What made that leap possible was the training she received in the School of Journalism. This internship award is designed to acknowledge the strength of that training and to create similar chances for tomorrow’s journalists now at MSU.

Qualifications:

  • Recipients must be journalism majors
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Interested in a career in newspaper or online journalism 
  • Students must be participating in qualified internships, either for credit or to help them further their degree experiences, as defined by the College of Communication Arts & Sciences

Victor G. Spaniolo Scholarship

Victor G. Spaniolo was a graduate of Michigan State University and a well-established newspaper publisher in Michigan. Spaniolo and his four children, also graduates of MSU, all worked at the State News, the campus newspaper. Spaniolo later was a founding member and chair of the board of directors when the State News became an independent, nonprofit corporation. His family established the Victor G. Spaniolo Scholarship in memory of their father.

Qualifications:

  • State News experience 
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Achieved at least junior standing in award year 
  • Possess exceptional character 
  • Demonstrate financial need

Walter S. and Syrena M. Howell Essay Contest $4,000 Essay Scholarship and Prize

$3,000 SCHOLARSHIP Plus a $1,000 PRIZE

Students wishing to apply for this scholarship and prize must write an essay. The student who writes the best essay in 1,500-2,500 words will be awarded the ($3,000) scholarship and ($1,000) prize.

The goal of the Howell Essay Scholarship is to encourage student to analyze of propaganda, as defined as, “the use of proved and/or unverifiable assumptions in a report or statement of allegations reflecting the view and interests of its advocates.”

Essay Topic

The subject of the essay is changed yearly and is announced by the end of October. 

Essay Guidelines

Your essay should be 1,500–2,500 words. Consideration will be given to analyses with critical thinking and research, including — but not limited to — Web searches, interviews with experts on the subject and links to examples. Sources must be properly cited. Essay may be presented in a written or multimedia form. Multimedia essays should include scripts for any video content. Students may also produce multimedia elements as a supplement to a written essay.

Submit Your Entry

Submit your entry at http://bit.ly/howellessay. Written content should be in a Word or PDF document. Do NOT include your name or any other identifying information in your essay file.

Only students with majors in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences are eligible. The winner will be notified shortly after the deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate MSU students with majors in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences are eligible. The scholarship will be disbursed to use in either Summer or Fall semester, 2018. Those graduating May 2018 are not eligible.

Questions

Questions can be directed to Joe Grimm at jgrimm@msu.edu.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2018

About This Contest

This contest and scholarship were established by Grant Howell, former editor of The Daily (Royal Oak) Tribune, in memory of his parents, Walter and Syrena Howell.

This scholarship and award is given annually to an undergraduate MSU student who writes the best essay examining media bias, a subject of deep concern to Howell. He was a feisty newsman, in the best sense of the word, always wanting his staff and his newspaper to cover the news fairly, objectively and honestly.


Wanda J. Herndon Scholarship

A member of the J-School Professional Advisory Council and named in 2002 a distinguished alumna of MSU, Wanda Herndon had a meteoric career in public relations. A J-School alumna, she established this scholarship to provide assistance for students from her hometown of Flint, Michigan and the surrounding area to benefit from an MSU J-School education.

Qualifications:

  • Open to all journalism undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and show promise of becoming a successful journalist 
  • Preference will be given, but not limited, to students who have graduated from the Flint school district

W. Cameron Meyers Fellowship Fund Scholarship

This award was created to honor W. Cameron Meyers, a longtime newspaper reporter and editor who taught at the J-School from 1952-1974. Those who had Professor Meyers were profoundly impacted by his demands for excellence, his memorable anecdotes and his view of the world and his profession that of a journalist. He is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Qualifications:

  • The award is given to a student based on financial need
  • Given to a student with potential talent and aptitude to succeed in a career in journalism

William E. Costabile Scholarship

William E. Costabile is a 1974 alum of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. While a student at MSU, William worked as a sportswriter for both the State News and the Lansing State Journal. For eight years he worked in radio, using his journalism skills to write and produce radio commercials and sports broadcasts. Although he went on to work as a business analyst, he found his editing and photojournalism classes were an immense help. To say the least, a journalism education opens doors to many careers. This scholarship is to be awarded during their junior year to a student who will carry on MSU's highest journalism traditions.

Qualifications:

  • Junior

Winthrop Faulkner Scholarship (For Those Pursuing Teaching Certification in Journalism)

Winthrop Faulkner, a graduate of the University of Florida and a business executive in the Detroit area from the 1920s to the 1960s, became involved with MSU when his son, James, attended the Journalism School. James graduated with a BA in Journalism in 1949 and later earned his M.A. in Education from MSU in 1968. James and his wife, Barbara, established the Winthrop Faulkner Scholarship Fund in memory of his father to encourage students to follow the advice he gave his son to get an education.

Qualifications:

  • The recipient should show promise of being a secondary school journalism teacher and demonstrate journalistic ability
  • The student should be working towards a secondary school teaching certificate 
  • Experience on student, university and/or professional publications would be considered 
  • Journalism education students, either majors or minors, who are in their internship year are eligible as well as journalism education juniors and seniors