Journalism Scholarships

Interested students must submit:

  • A completed application form:
  • Names and contact information from three references
  • Your official or unofficial CMU transcript
  • Your current resume
  • A completed basic information document
  • One-page essays for each scholarship and award which requires them (see specific criteria below).

Important Notes:

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in each semester to be eligible.
  • Students may apply for - and receive - more than one scholarship and/or award
  • Unless otherwise indicated in the specific scholarship criteria, JOURNALISM MAJOR includes all department majors (journalism; advertising; photojournalism; journalism-PR concentration). MINOR refers to a journalism minor.
  • The scholarship committee includes: Lori Brost, Elina Erzikova, Steve Coon, Kathy Backus, Jinhee Lee and Zulfia Zaher

Please complete the application forms below. They are due March 27 by midnight.


Departmental awards and honors

Amount: $650

Signed journalism major on file

Must currently be junior or senior and enrolled full-time in each semester to be eligible

A one-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit

Amount: $800

Signed journalism major on file

Leadership in/out of Department of Journalism including groups, events, volunteerism, associations

Full-time student status

Experience with leadership at CM-Life and/or Grand Central Magazine or similar field of study

A one-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated leadership

Amount: $600

Signed journalism major form must be on file

Student's overall GPA and journalism GPA will be strong considerations

Full-time student status

Previous recipients may apply

A one-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated scholarly achievement

Amount: $500

Signed major/minor on file

Full-time student status

Journalism GPA of at least 3.0

Previous recipients may apply

A one-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit and financial need

Scholarships and endowment criteria

Jennifer H. Bourque Memorial Award

  • Amount: $1100
    Signed photojournalism major on file
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Michigan resident
  • Preference will be given to a student who is a single parent
  • The award may be renewable through the completion of a degree as long as the student remains full-time
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit with an emphasis on financial need
  • Renewable, but student must reapply

General Motors Scholarship in Honor of Tony Cervone

  • Signed major in Journalism, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, or IPR
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Renewable up to 3 years after initial award, but student must reapply and meet criteria.

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Clarke Endowed Student Journalist Scholarship

  • Amount: $1400
    Journalism major 
  • At least two semesters of work at CM-LIFE and/or college newspaper as a transfer student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Renewable, but student must reapply

Matt Dobek Endowment, up to four awards

  • Journalism major
  • Students must demonstrate the need for financial support for travel to conferences, internships, and/or study abroad
  • One-page essay expressing need based on the criteria

Dennis L. Durkee Endowed Award in Journalism

  • Amount: $1000
  • Sophomore or higher
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need

Jerry Fitzhenry Scholarship

  • Amount: $2250
  • Signed journalism major, enrolled in courses focused on writing, journalism, or photojournalism
  • Public relations majors are not eligible to receive this award
  • Funds associated with this award may be used for:

    • Travel costs associated with a departmentally-approved internship based outside of the mid-Michigan region. Internships may be domestic or international in nature.
    • Travel costs associated with a curriculum-based study abroad program focused on writing, journalism, or photojournalism. Qualifying study abroad programs will be approved and managed by the Office of Study Abroad.
    • Travel costs associated with a departmentally-approved independent study project focusing on writing, journalism, or photojournalism.
    • Funds associated with this award MAY NOT be used to support travel to any conference, convention, or meeting.
Renewable up to 3 years after initial award, but student must reapply and meet criteria.

Pam Klein Scholarship

  • Amount: $1800
  • Signed journalism major
  • At least two semesters of significant contribution as a writer or editor at CM Life
  • Intention to pursue a career focused on writing (not photography, design or broadcast)
  • Avid reader of the news media
  • Non-smoker and non-user of tobacco products
  • Demonstrate curiosity about how things work 
  • Demonstrate tough fairness and fair toughness 
  • Demonstrate tenacity to do what's right, not what's easy; 
  • Demonstrate clear writing that cuts through the clutter and gets to the meat of an issue; 
  • Demonstrate not only high journalistic standards, but also serve as a role model and/or mentor for other journalism students
  • One-page essay demonstrating above
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA and 3.3 JRN GPA

Gilbert O. Maienknecht Scholarship, two awards

  • Amount: $1500 each
  • Confirmation applicant intends to pursue a career in journalism and/or broadcasting
  • Signed major/minor in journalism or broadcasting
  • Full-time student status
  • Financial need is a major, but not an exclusive, consideration
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit and financial need 

Ron Marmarelli Scholarship

  • Amount: $1500
  • Journalism major or minor
  • Junior/senior status with demonstrated financial need
  • Preference given to student who is first in his/her family to attend college
  • Preference given to student who has been involved in/demonstrated leadership in a student media or pre-professional organization
  • GPA of at least 2.75
  • One-page essay should address the importance of the news media in an era of "fake news" and citizen journalists

George and Vivian Malewska Scholarship

  • Amount: $1300
  • Major in news/editorial journalism 
  • Preference for those working at CM Life or Grand Central Magazine
  • Interested in pursuing a career in journalism
  • Minimum 2.5 overall GPA

Robert E. McCabe Scholarship, two awards

  • Amount: $1800 each
  • Confirmation the applicant intends to pursue a career in journalism and/or broadcasting 
  • Signed major/minor in journalism
  • Financial need; FAFSA form must be on file with the Financial Aid Office
  • Full-time student status as a senior
  • Journalism GPA of at least 3.2
  • One-page essay demonstrating merit and financial need 

Suzanne Nichols Endowed Scholarship

  • Amount: $1800
  • Intends to pursue a career in journalism
  • Signed journalism major/minor
  • Full-time student status
  • Journalism GPA of 3.0 
  • Renewable but student must reapply

Opperman Public Relations Internship Endowment

  • Amount: $1900
  • Confirmation the applicant intends to pursue a career in public relations
  • Public relations student participating in an unpaid or underpaid public relations internship 
  • The internship must either be a graduation requirement for the recipient or the recipient must be returning to academic studies at CMU after completing the internship
  • Journalism or integrative public relations major
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • One-page essay of merit based on the criteria of the scholarship

Dr. Michael J. Petrick Journalism Scholarship, two awards

  • Amount: $1250 each
  • News/editorial student journalism major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need

Ken Stevens Memorial Endowed Photojournalism Internship Scholarship

  • Amount: $1300
  • Photojournalism major
  • CM-Life or Grand Central Magazine staff photographer or other suitable media outlets
  • Interest in a visual media related internship
  • Junior or senior
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 
  • Renewable, but student must reapply

Jim and Carol Wojcik Endowed Scholarship

  • Amount: $1700
  • Journalism major
  • GPA of at least 2.75
  • Recipient must be participating in an approved student media program or pre-professional organization including, but not limited to: PRSSA, PR Central, Central Michigan LIFE, Grand Central Magazine, Ad Club, etc. 
  • One-page essay of merit based on the criteria of the scholarship
  • Renewable, but student must reapply

Hart Scholarship

  • Photojournalism major preferred, but Journalism majors will be considered
  • At least one semester on staff of CM Life; work experience at Grand Central Magazine may be considered
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5, GPA of at least 3.0 preferred

Serrin Memorial Scholarship, three awards

  • Amount: $1500 each
  • Signed major on file
  • Financial need
  • Full-time student status

Fitzpatrick- Wood Scholarship

  • Amount: $1600
  • Signed major on file
  • Involvement in department groups, events or associations.
  • One page autobiography with application

Bila-Michels Scholarship

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