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SJMC Scholarships

Scholarships available to current SJMC undergraduate majors

The deadline for academic year 2013-2014 scholarships has passed.


Asian American Journalists Association
Scholarship assists Asian American students pursuing degrees in journalism and mass communication.

Brian E. Anderson Scholarship
Brian Anderson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from SJMC in 1966, where he worked on the Minnesota Daily. He began his career as a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune and later moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a speechwriter for Senator Walter Mondale. He returned to Minneapolis in 1970 and, in 1977, became editor of what is now Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, a position he held for 33 years until his death. This scholarship is for undergraduate majors.

James Barden Scholarship
This scholarship was created in 1970 in the memory of the educational efforts of James S. Barden, who served the faculty and students of SJMC for five years. This scholarship is for undergraduate majors whose principal interest is advertising.

Thomas Barnhart Scholarship
Thomas F. Barnhart was a faculty member at SJMC from 1931 until his death in 1953, when this scholarship was established. His specializations were in community newspapers, typography, graphic arts and advertising. In 1987, former Barnhart student and SJMC alumnus Mark Wexler made a major gift to the fund in appreciation of Dr. Barnhart’s support and encouragement. This scholarship is for visual communication/graphic arts students, and the scholarship committee selects recipient(s) based on performance, potential and financial need.

Elliot M. Baron Scholarship
Established in 1957, this scholarship is awarded to a journalism major in recognition of outstanding work on a student publication.

Thomas Bartikoski Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2002, this award honors the career of Thomas Bartikoski, a 1972 SJMC graduate and a public relations professional who was a nationally recognized leader in public affairs communication. Bartikoski is also credited with helping establish national standards for accreditation for the public relations profession. The scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to students with a career interest in public affairs communications and with established records of academic excellence and leadership evidenced by active participation in the Williard Thompson chapter of PRSSA.

BBDO Scholarship
For major or pre-major whose principal interest area is advertising. Based on academic performance, demonstrated interest in advertising and potential. Financial need may be taken into consideration, but it is not mandated criterion.

Anita Beck Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is named in honor of Anita Beck, who started her own card company, Anita Beck Cards, in 1946. This scholarship is for an SJMC major or graduate student, preferably whose interests are in graphic arts or photocommunication. The recipient is selected based on academic performance and financial need.

Carroll Binder Scholarship
This scholarship is named in honor of Abner Carroll Binder, who served as a newspaper correspondent and editor for the Chicago Daily News and the Minneapolis Tribune. Binder also helped launch the Minnesota Daily Star, a paper organized by labor unions. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student who shows promise in the reporting and/or interpreting of international affairs. Candidate should plan to go into the newspaper industry. Based on academic record and professional promise.

Patrick Connolly Scholarship
Established in 1985, this scholarship is named in honor of Patrick J. Connolly, a 1965 SJMC graduate and Associated Press correspondent. The scholarship is for a junior or senior journalism major interested in news-editorial; based on academic performance and journalistic potential.

Phyllis and Harold Conrad Scholarship
For an outstanding undergraduate student who demonstrates leadership potential and an interest in writing and editing.

Director's Award
Based on academic performance and financial need.

Peter and Elizabeth Edmonds Scholarship
This fund was established by Elizabeth Donovan Edmonds in honor of her husband Peter, a 1938 University of Minnesota graduate. The scholarship is awarded to journalism majors in good academic standing with potential in their field.

Herbert Berridge Elliston Undergraduate Scholarship
Hilma L. Eckstrand, a Minnesota native who was employed by Washington Post writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Herbert Elliston, established this scholarship in 1980 in memory of Elliston. The scholarship is exclusively for students SJMC students.

Curtis Erickson Scholarship
Named for the 1938 SJMC graduate, this scholarship is for journalism majors studying news-editorial.

John Finnegan and Pioneer Press Scholarship
John R. “Jack” Finnegan Sr. was the editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1970-1985. He was a nationally known advocate for First Amendment rights and a champion for open government and access to records. The scholarship is intended for journalism majors who are in good academic standing, show academic promise and have financial need.

David Floren Scholarship
The 1964 SJMC alumnus is the former president of Martin William Advertising, Inc. This scholarship is intended for a journalism major studying advertising.

Patricia and William Greer Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2002 in honor of William Greer, a 1950 graduate of SJMC. “Bill” was a copywriter at Campbell Mithun and BBDO before becoming director of public relations and advertising for the Northern Pacific Railroad, which later became Burlington Northern. Recipients of the award must be SJMC majors with a special interest in advertising, in good academic standing and with outstanding potential in their field.

Mark Hopp Scholarship Endowment
Established in 2001 in honor of Mark Hopp, who created the Twin Cities Reader and had a number of accomplishments as a leading community journalist and publisher. The scholarship is intended for SJMC majors in good academic standing with potential in their field.

Hubbard Broadcast Scholarship
Hubbard Broadcasting has outlets across Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and New Mexico with its flagship station being KSTP radio and TV in the Twin Cities. This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students in broadcast based on academic achievement and professional achievements.

Hubbard Radio Scholarship
Hubbard Broadcasting has outlets across Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and New Mexico with its flagship station being KSTP radio and TV in the Twin Cities. Preference will be given to an undergraduate Native American student with an interest in majoring in broadcasting, journalism, communications or a related field.

Brad Johnson Scholarship
Established in honor of Brad Johnson, a 1958 SJMC alumnus who was an advertising sales executive for WCCO-AM radio. The scholarship is intended for an SJMC major whose primary interest area is advertising. Scholarship committee to select the recipient based on performance, journalist potential and financial need.

Bette Jones Hammel Scholarship
Bette Jones Hammel is a 1947 SJMC graduate who established this fund in 1998 to celebrate the education she received at SJMC. She is a noted Twin Cities author of such books as “Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka” and “Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes.” The scholarship is for a full-time undergraduate student who majors in journalism or mass communication, is in good academic standing and shows potential.

Joe Kane Memorial Scholarship
Established by friends in honor of Joe Kane, a reporter and general news editor with The Associated Press in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C. and New York. The scholarship is intended for top journalism students in editing or creative writing. The students may be either juniors or seniors.

Kaufman Skyway News Scholarship
Scholarship for junior or senior journalism majors in news-editorial; based on academic performance, journalistic potential, and financial need.

James Keeler Sr. Memorial Scholarship
For strategic communication students majoring in public relations or advertising.

Beverly Kees Scholarship
Established by friends and colleagues in honor of Beverly Kees, a 1963 SJMC alumna who was one of the first female newspaper managers in the nation. Kees was a reporter and editor at the Minneapolis Star and Minneapolis Tribune, was executive editor of both the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and the Fresno Bee in San Francisco. She also worked as editor of the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind. The scholarship is intended for journalism majors with an interest in editing.

Fred & Lucille Kildow Scholarship
Named in honor of Fred Kildow, a University of Minnesota faculty member for 37 years who retired in 1965. He is credited with co-founding the National Scholastic Press Association at the University of Wisconsin and with founding the Associated Collegiate Press at the University of Minnesota and serving as director of both organizations for 40 years. The scholarship is for SJMC majors interested in careers in journalism and mass communication.

Kinderwater Scholarship
Established by SJMC alumni Joseph (B.A., 1948) and Jacqueline (B.A., 1967) Kinderwater for their appreciation of their outstanding education at Minnesota. The scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students majoring in journalism, who are in good academic standing with potential in their field.

James M. and Audrey H. Kinney Scholarship
Established in 2009 in memory of 1948 SJMC alumnus James Kinney, who served as editor and publisher of the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood, Minn. This scholarship is intended for SJMC majors interested in print journalism and community newspapers.

F. Gerald Kline Scholarship
Kline received his Ph.D. from SJMC in 1969 and served as a journalism professor at the University of Michigan from 1970-1978. In 1973 he published “Current Perspectives in Mass Communication Research,” a well-regarded source for mass communication scholars. This scholarship is for students in the undergraduate or graduate program in SJMC based on performance, journalistic potential and financial need.

Carol Ladwig Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2000, this award celebrates the education 1967 graduate Carol Ladwig received at SJMC. This scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are majoring in journalism and mass communication with a particular emphasis in strategic mass communication.

Jason Leidahl Scholarship
Established in 1993 in memory of Jason Leidahl by parents Glenn and Martha, this scholarship is intended for students majoring in journalism or art. Students should demonstrate academic promise and financial need.

Howard & Roberta Liszt Scholarship
Howard Liszt is a 1968 graduate of SJMC who served as CEO of Minneapolis-based agency Campbell Mithun from 1976 until his retirement in 2000. Upon retirement he became a senior fellow at SJMC and advised advertising student group NSAC with regional competitions. This scholarship is intended for a full-time undergraduate junior interested in advertising.

Dave & Linda Mona Scholarship
Dave Mona is a 1965 SJMC graduate who founded Mona, Meyer, McGrath & Gavin, a Twin Cities public relations agency that was acquired by Shandwick in 1988. The firm now goes under the name of Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Mona serves as chair of its Minneapolis office. This scholarship award is based on merit.

Dave Moore Scholarship
Established in 1999, this scholarship is named for Dave Moore, a legendary newsman who began his career at WCCO in radio and later became the station’s nightly newscaster for nearly 30 years. The award is intended for one theater student and one journalism student. The student should be full time and in good academic standing with potential in their field.

Lee Ann Norman Scholarship
Established in 1986, this scholarship is named for the 1975 SJMC graduate and intended for a SJMC broadcast major who is a junior or senior. The award is based on academic performance, journalistic potential, and financial need.

Robert and Joan Owens Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in celebration of the undergraduate years of Robert Owens, who graduated in 1939, and provides support to undergraduate students in SJMC.

Pioneer Press Employee Funded Scholarship
Scholarships for journalism majors.

Porter Prize
Named for 1967 SJMC graduate Chuck Porter, who founded Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, an advertising firm with offices in London, Denver, Los Angeles and more. The awards are distributed to full-time undergraduates interested in advertising.

Press Women of Minnesota Scholarship
Established in 1994, this scholarship is intended to help women advance in areas of reporting and editing. The scholarship is for an SJMC major or pre-major and is based on academic performance and journalistic potential.

Otto Quale Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of Otto Quale, a 1940 SJMC alumnus who helped found the American Yearbook Company, a division of Josten’s. In 1968 he returned to the University of Minnesota to teach public relations. He also headed two national school press associations and published Scholastic Editor, a journalism magazine. This scholarship is for an outstanding SJMC major or graduate student; based on academic performance, journalistic potential and financial need.

Harold Roitenberg Scholarship
In honor of Roitenberg’s 50th birthday, friends established this scholarship in his name. The 1949 SJMC alumnus founded Creative Merchandising & Publishing, which grew into the largest catalog-showroom merchandiser in the world. This scholarship provides tuition support to a journalism major.

Archie Salyards Scholarship
This scholarship is intended for SJMC majors in news-editorial. Preference will be given to students from the Duluth area or northeastern Minnesota.

Larry D. Schmidt Scholarship
Established by family and friends in 1998 in memory of Larry Schmidt, longtime investigative reporter and producer at WCCO-TV. Schmidt represented the best of journalism’s core values: unbiased reporting, thorough research, painstaking fact checking and integrity. This scholarship is for full-time journalism majors with an emphasis in news reporting and/or investigative reporting.

David Shippee Scholarship
This award is in memory of David Shippee, a 1981 SJMC graduate and talented photographer who died suddenly at the age of 29 after developing altitude sickness on a photography expedition. This scholarship is for visual communication students who are juniors and seniors or graduate students. Based on academic performance, financial need and journalistic potential. Undergraduate preferred.

David Silverman Scholarship
Named in honor of David Silverman, who began his long newspaper career as a reporter at the Duluth News-Tribune and later held editor positions at the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. This scholarship is intended for SJMC junior or senior majors or graduate students in news-editorial who have a B average and show promise of outstanding professional performance. Financial need will be taken into consideration.

Mary Jane Sokolowski-Gustafson Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1990 in memory of Mary Jane Sokolowski-Gustafson, a 1942 SJMC graduate who served as editor of Brooklyn Center’s weekly newspaper Northwest News for 27 years. Preference will be given to a female journalism major in the news-editorial program who has expressed interest in community journalism, weekly newspapers or small daily newspapers. Selection based upon academic performance, journalistic potential and financial need.

Mike Steele Arts Criticism Scholarship
Mike Steele served as the cultural reporter and critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 1966 until his retirement in 1999. This scholarship seeks to enhance arts criticism by helping to expand the vision of future arts critics and is intended for journalism students with additional interests in performing arts.

Hattie Steinberg Scholarship
Created by New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman in honor of his St. Louis Park (Minn.) High School journalism teacher Hattie Steinberg, who received her master’s degree in mass communication from SJMC in 1963. The award is intended for an undergraduate journalism major.

Howie Stillman Scholarship
Established in 1991 in honor of Howie Stillman, who died in 1986 at the age of 23 after a battle with Lymphoma. Stillman had the dream of becoming a journalist and attended classes at the University of Minnesota. This award is for an SJMC major with a strong academic record; preference given to students in print or broadcast journalism. Financial need should be a criterion.

Charles Sweningsen Scholarship
Charles Sweningsen is a 1947 SJMC graduate who served as editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Daily and had a lengthy career in newspapers, most notably at the Chicago Sun Times, where he held a number of editing positions. This scholarship is for journalism majors who wish to pursue a career in editing.

William White Scholarship
A 1949 SJMC alumnus, William White served as business manager of the Winona Daily News in 1951 and later purchased the paper and served as publisher and president of its parent company until 1981. He was known for his editorials, columns and community service. This scholarship is for SJMC majors, preferably news-editorial students with preference given to undergraduates. The award is based on academic performance, journalistic potential and financial need.

High School Publications Scholarship
For an entering freshman who plans to major in journalism. Preference is for a student intending to pursue a program of study in news-editorial.

Journalism Alumni Society Scholarship
For a premajor student who is interested in journalism. Recipient is chosen based on academic scholarship, demonstrated interest in journalism and vocational promise.