This year the Department of Journalism is awarding 30 scholarships and awards worth  almost $45,000. Application deadline is 5 p.m. April 3, 2020. 

Interested students must submit:

A completed application form:

Faculty recommendation forms are NOT required this year.

A copy of your official or unofficial CMU transcript

Your current resume

One-page essays for each scholarship and award which requires them (see specific criteria below)

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

Students must be enrolled full-time in the fall of 2020 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, and Zulfia Zaher

 

Scholarships and Endowment criteria

Jack and Nancy Benedict Endowed Award

$500

Signed journalism major on file

Minimum GPA of 2.5 

 

Jennifer H. Bourque Memorial Award 

$1,000

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

$1,750

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.

 

Clarke Endowed Student Journalist Scholarship

$1,500

Journalism major 

At least two semesters of work at CM-LIFE and/or college newspaper as a transfer student

Minimum 3.0 GPA 

Financial need

Renewable, but student must reapply

 

Kenneth W. and Margaret Cuff Saunders Scholarship

Three awards of $1,550 each

Journalism major

Undergraduate junior or senior

Transfer or CMU student 3.5 or better GPA

 

Matt Dobek Endowment

Two awards of $2,000 each

Journalism major

Full-time student 

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

$500

Sophomore or higher

Minimum GPA 3.0

Financial need 

 

Jerry Fitzhenry Scholarship

Two awards of $2,297.28 each

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.

 

Kelly Fitzpatrick ad Bruce Wood Memorial Scholarship

$2,000

Awarded to a student on the basis of service

Confirmation the applicant intends to pursue a career in journalism

Signed journalism major form on file

Experience in field of study (examples include working for an online news or feature organization, newspaper, television station, etc.)

Involvement in activities outside the department (examples include organized groups, clubs, community volunteer programs and events)

The money is to be used exclusively for educational expenses

One-page essay focusing on service

 

Pam Klein Scholarship

$2,000

Signed journalism major

Full-time student

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 of $1,500 each

Confirmation applicant intends to pursue a career in journalism and/or broadcasting

Signed JRN major/minor 

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

$1,250

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

$1,500

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 of $2,000 each

Confirmation the applicant intends to pursue a career in journalism and/or broadcasting 

Signed major/minor form 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

One-page essay demonstrating merit and financial need 

 

Suzanne Nichols Endowed Scholarship 

$2,000

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 

$1,700

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 

2-4 awards of at least $1,000 each

News/editorial student journalism major

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Demonstrate financial need

 

Ken Stevens Memorial Endowed Photojournalism Internship Scholarship 

$1,700

Photojournalism major

CM-Life or Grand Central Magazine staff photographer or other suitable media outlet

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 

$1,500

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


Dennis Jeffers Memorial Scholarship 

$500

A signed journalism major form must be on file

Previous recipients may apply

One-page essay explaining why you merit this award

 


Departmental Awards and Honors

Outstanding Junior or Senior 

$625

Signed journalism major

Must currently be a junior or senior and enrolled for classes in Fall 2020

One-page essay explaining how you have demonstrated merit                                                                                                                           

 

Leadership Award

$625

Signed journalism major 

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

$625

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 

$625

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