Recommendation forms are required from one Central Michigan University journalism faculty member (who is not on the Scholarship Committee) and one recommendation of your choice. Click here for the recommendation form.​​​​

​​​Click here for the scholarship application.

*You only need to fill out one application and get one set of recommendations, even if you are applying for multiple scholarships.​

YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR DATE OF GRADUATION ON ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS. UNLESS INDICATED IN THE CRITERIA, SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OPEN TO ALL MAJORS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM (including advertising, journalism PR concentration, photojournalism and journalism) DEADLINE: MARCH 4 AT 12 P.M.

Scholarship Information and Criteria

Applicant must submit completed application form and supporting materials to:

Chair, Scholarship Committee

Department of Journalism

454 Moore Hall

Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

 

Deadline for all scholarship applications: 12 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016

All applications require:

  • Recommendation forms from one Central Michigan University Department of Journalism faculty member (who is not on the scholarship committee) AND one recommendation of your choice (recommendation forms are available above)
  • Your official or unofficial CMU transcript
  • Your current resume
Additional applicant criteria for each scholarship are listed below:​

Gilbert O. Maienknecht Scholarship (one award of $2,500)

  • Confirmation applicant intends to pursue a career in journalism and/or broadcasting fields
  • Signed major/minor must be on file
  • Full-time student status as a senior
  • Previous recipients may apply
  • Financial need is a major, but not an exclusive, consideration
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit and your financial need 

Jim Wojcik Scholarship (one award of $2,000)
  • A signed major/minor form must be on file
  • Full-time student status
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Previous recipients may apply
  • Experience at CM Life is mandatory
  • One-page essay based on the criteria

Pam Klein Scholarship (one award of $2,500)

  • Signed major/minor form must be on file
  • Full-time student
  • At least two semesters of significant contribution as writer or editor at CM Life
  • Intend to pursue career focused on writing (not photography, design or broadcast)
  • Avid reader of the news media
  • Non-smoker and non-user of tobacco products
  • Demonstrated curiosity about how things work; demonstrated tough fairness and fair toughness; demonstrated tenacity to do what’s right, not what’s easy; demonstrated clear writing that cuts through the clutter and gets to the meat of an issue; demonstrated not only high journalistic standards, but also serves as a role model and/or mentor for other journalism students
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA and 3.3 JRN GPA
  • Previous recipients may apply​

Suzanne Nichols Endowed Scholarship (one award of $2,500)

  • Intends to pursue a career in journalism
  • Signed journalism major/minor must be on file
  • Full-time student status as a senior
  • Journalism GPA of 3.0

Matt Dobek Endowment (three awards of $1,750)
  • A signed journalism major form must be on file
  • Full-time student status
  • Students must demonstrate the need for financial support for travel to conferences, internships, and/or study abroad
  • Previous recipients may apply
  • One-page essay expressing need based on the endowment criteria (travel, conferences, internships, study abroad)

Dr. Michael J. Petrick Journalism Scholarship (two awards of $1,750)
  • A signed journalism major form must be on file
  • Preference given to journalism writers and editors
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated scholarly achievement

Opperman Public Relations Internship Endowment (two award of $1,500)
  • Confirmation the applicant intends to pursue a career in public relations
  • 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
  • Applicants must be a signed journalism or integrative public relations major
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Previous recipients may apply
  • One-page essay of merit based on the criteria of the scholarship

Roger and Lisa Hart Scholarship (one award of $1,000)
  • Offered to journalism majors with preference to photojournalism
  • Students must have worked at CM Life for at least one semester. Work experience with Grand Central Magazine may be considered.
  • Full-time student status
  • Prefered GPA of 3.0 or higher; minimum GPA 2.5

Robert E. McCabe Scholarship (three awards of $1,500)
  • Confirmation the applicant intends to pursue a career in journalism and or broadcasting fields
  • Signed major/minor must be on file
  • 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
  • Previous recipients may apply
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit with an emphasis on a student’s financial need

Kelly Fitzpatrick and Bruce Wood Memorial Scholarship (one award of $1,500)
  • A signed journalism major form must be on file
  • Should be active in journalism departmental groups, events and associations
  • Should be involved in activities outside of the journalism department, such as university groups, clubs, volunteer programs, etc.
  • Should be involved in campus media (such as CM LIFE, Grand Central, CMU Insider, etc.)
  • Previous recipients may apply
  • One-page essay of merit based on the criteria of the scholarship

Dennis L. Durkee Endowed Award in Journalism Scholarship (one award of $1,000)
  • A signed journalism major form must be on file
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time student status as a sophomore or higher

Jennifer H. Bourque Memorial Award (one award of $500)
  • A signed photojournalism major form must be on file
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrating financial need from the state of Michigan
  • Preference will be given to a single parent

Jack and Nancy Benedict Endowed Award (one award of $500)
  • A signed journalism major form must be on file
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Full-time student status

Dennis Jeffers Scholarship (one award of $500)
  • A signed journalism major form must be on file
  • Previous recipients may apply
  • One-page essay explaining why you merit this award 

Outstanding Senior (one award of $1,500)
  • Signed journalism major/minor must be on file
  • Full-time student status as a senior in Fall of 2016
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit                                                                                                                           

Leadership Award (one award of $1,500)
  • Signed journalism major form must be 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
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated leadership

Journalism Scholar of the Year (one award of $1,500)
  • 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
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated scholarly achievement

Friends of Journalism (one award of $1,000)
  • Signed major/minor on file
  • Full-time student status
  • Journalism GPA of at least 3.0
  • Previous recipients may apply
  • One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit and financial need