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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

List of K-State JMC Scholarships and Criteria

Douglas and Lucinda Anstaett Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2011 by Doug and Lucinda Anstaett through the Kansas Newspaper Foundation and is to be awarded to one student in the journalism and digital media sequence of the A.Q. Miller School. Preference will be given to a student in "print" journalism, particularly editorial writing. Doug Anstaett is the executive director of the Kansas Press Association.

Roberta G. Applegate Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1990 by the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Manhattan Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc., to honor the late K-State journalism faculty member upon her retirement in 1988. Applegate was one of the first women to serve as a gubernatorial press secretary. The scholarship is to be awarded to majors, or students who intend to major, in journalism and mass communications.

Aubrey E. and Jewell I. Bilger Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1987 by Mrs. Bilger to provide financial assistance to deserving journalism students and to honor the Bilgers, both of whom were KSU journalism alumni and went on to teach. Mr. Bilger taught journalism for 31 years in Kansas schools in Hiawatha, Newton and Salina. This scholarship is to be awarded to Kansas high school graduates who are majoring in journalism and mass communications.

Henry S. Blake Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1966 by Mrs. Blake to honor her late husband who was the president of Capper Publications when he died in 1956. The scholarship is to be awarded to a freshman journalism and mass communications student on the basis of need and scholarship.

Mamie Alexander Boyd Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1974 by family and friends to honor the late Mrs. Boyd who was a K-State alumnae and Kansas newspaperwoman with an intensive interest in youth and education. The scholarship is to be awarded to the sophomore, junior or senior who shows the most potential for further service to society. This scholarship is renewable subject to satisfactory academic performance and to availability of funds.

COHO Digital Media Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1979 to honor Esther M. Cormany and F. Virginia Howe who were long-time K-State faculty members. This scholarship is to be awarded in an amount equivalent to the annual cost of tuition and/or fees to female students majoring in electronic media or electronic journalism.

Gomer T. Davies Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1964 to honor the former editor of the Concordia Kansan for his years of service to his community and profession and to perpetuate his memory through the extension of journalism training to outstanding majors in the field of journalism. Mr. Davies edited the paper for more than 50 years. The scholarship is to be awarded to a Kansas resident, with preference given to those who graduated from Concordia High School or the Notre Dame Parochial High School, and who is majoring in journalism and mass communications.

Paul and Rachel Dittemore Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1999 by Rachel Dittemore to honor the Dittemores and to provide financial assistance to journalism and mass communications students.

Dow Jones Foundation Minority Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1989 by the Kansas State University Foundation to provide a scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding minority journalism and mass communications student.

Arex G. Ehrsam Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1989 by friends and family of Arex G. Ehrsam to perpetuate his memory on the campus of his alma mater and to provide financial assistance to students majoring in electronic media/electronic journalism and theatre. This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior journalism and mass communications student on an even-numbered year, with financial need as a consideration.

Milton S. Eisenhower Jr. Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1990 by Milton S. Eisenhower, Jr., to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding journalism and mass communications students who are on the Royal Purple and/or Collegian staff. This scholarship is to be awarded to outstanding journalism and mass communications students who have a proven need for financial assistance to meet their necessary college expenses.

Dr. Mary A. Erlanger Graduate Student Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1989 by Dr. Erlanger, a 1943 journalism graduate who earned a Ph.D. and started a new career in her 60s. This scholarship is to be awarded to any student enrolled in the graduate program based on motivation, responsibility and financial need. The donor requests that preference be given to students who are returning to graduate school after professional work.

Andrea Glenn Journalism Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2001 by family and friends of Andrea Glenn to honor the former editor of KANSAS! magazine and to provide financial assistance to journalism students. Preference will be given to students who have graduated from an accredited Kansas High School seeking a career in print journalism.

Max E. and Jean Hollinger Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1997 by Max E. Hollinger, a 1950 journalism graduate, to recognize his long standing commitment to excellence at K-State and the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and to provide financial assistance to journalism and mass communications majors or pre-majors. The donor requests that recipients shall have taken, or plan to take, a class in finance and insurance and that preference be given to Dickinson County High School graduates. This scholarship can be renewed if scholastic standards are met and is subject to availability of funds.

Helen Hostetter Journalism and Digital Media Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2017 by Janice Bates Patterson, in memory of Professor Helen Hostetter and to provide financial assistance to students properly enrolled in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. 

Virginia Howe Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2000 by Gordon and Betty Jump to honor Virginia Howe and to provide financial assistance to journalism and mass communications students.

Marshall Ice Wildcat Radio Award

This award was established in 2004 by Carl and Mary Ice to honor Marshall Ice for his dedication to Wildcat Radio and to provide financial assistance to a journalism and mass communications student who is on staff at Wildcat Radio, KSDB-FM. The award recognizes significant contributions and dedication to the station. Preference is given to a Kansas student.

Gwendolyn R. and Frank W. Jordan Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1997 by Mr. and Mrs. Jordan, family and friends to honor the donors. This scholarship is to be awarded to journalism and mass communications majors or pre-majors who have completed one or more semesters and have a demonstrated financial need and are in good standing with the School.

Journalism and Mass Communications Merit Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1987 to provide financial assistance to outstanding incoming freshmen enrolled in the school of journalism and mass communications who maintain a GPA of 3.0. Each year a new incoming freshman will be chosen so that after a period of four years there should be a JMC Merit Scholar at each of the four levels of undergraduate instruction. The scholarship is renewable if scholastic standards are met and is subject to availability of funds.

Ralph and Ruthana Lashbrook Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1989 to honor the Lashbrooks, both of whom were K-State graduates. Mr. Lashbrook was a 35-year faculty member and a retired journalism school head. The scholarship provides financial assistance to journalism and mass communications majors who are Kansas graduates enrolled in at least 12 hours of study. Students with an outside concentration of Business and graduates of Almena and Garden City are given priority.

Martha F. and Samuel H. Logan Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2006 by Martha F. and Samuel H. Logan to provide financial assistance to an undergraduate journalism and mass communications student. Preference will be given to a junior or senior. The same student may be awarded the scholarship for two years.

Nita Mai Study Abroad Scholarship
This study abroad scholarship was established in 2015 by Nita Mai to provide financial assistance to a student in journalism and mass communications who is interested in participating in a semester study abroad experience. Ms. Mai had the opportunity to live abroad during her college years and it is her hope that other students would have the chance to experience life outside of the United States as well. Preference will be given to a student from Northwestern Kansas.

Jean Gibbs McLain Journalism Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2007 to honor Jean Gibbs McLain, class of 1940, and to provide financial assistance to journalism and mass communications students. Preference is given to students from Kansas.

Debra D. Leckron-Miller and William J. Miller Journalism Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2010 to honor Deb and William Miller and to provide financial assistance to students in the A.Q. Miller School. The recipient will be an undergraduate student in the School. It is renewable if the recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The recipient may receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Dev Nelson Scholarship
This scholarship was established in l981 to honor the long-time radio voice of the K-State Wildcats for his years of service. Nelson graduated from K-State and was the first "play-by-play" sportscaster on the Big 8 basketball television network. Nelson was inducted into the K-State Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. This scholarship is to be awarded, based on need, to an electronic media or electronic journalism major, including a graduate student, who has demonstrated evidence of pursuing a career in broadcasting.

Vivian Finley Nolte Journalism Fellowship
This scholarship was established in 2008 to perpetuate the memory of Vivan (Finley) Nolte and to provide financial assistance to graduate students in the A.Q. Miller School. Preference will be given to Kansas residents. This fellowship will be available for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Fred M. Parris Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1975 by family and friends of the late Fred M. Parris to provide recognition to an outstanding student majoring in journalism and mass communications. The scholarship is to be awarded to a student in his/her junior year who exhibits the highest possession of three qualities in equal degrees: character, ability and need.

Chester Peterson, Sr., and Ted Lindshield Award

This award was established in 2004 by Chester and Mary Peterson, Jr., to honor Mr. Peterson and Mr. Lindshield and to provide financial assistance to journalism and mass communications students. This award will be awarded to a graduating senior after completion of seven semesters of coursework. Consideration is limited to the top three graduating seniors based strictly and solely on GPA within the defined major of Journalism and Mass Communications, to include Ag Journalism. Other coursework will not be considered. Preference will be given to students from the Southern Saline or Northern McPherson County area.

Jesse W. Prisock Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1980 by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and friends to perpetuate the memory of Mr. Prisock and to recognize a K-State electronic media or electronic journalism student who demonstrates potential to make outstanding contributions to the broadcast industry. This award is made annually to a junior, senior or graduate journalism student.

Ellen Warren Roberts Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 through a specific bequest from the June and Ellen Roberts Trust to perpetuate the memory of Ellen Warren Roberts and to provide financial assistance to undergraduate journalism and mass communications students.

W. Lee and Susie Ruggels Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2014 by Samuel and Martha Logan. The recipient will be an undergraduate student in journalism and mass communications. Preference shall be given to a junior or senior. Each recipient may receive the scholarship for a total of two years.

Leon Sanders Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1997 by the Vivian L. Sanders Revocable Living Trust Agreement to provide financial assistance and recognition to journalism and mass communications students enrolled as majors or pre-majors. This scholarship is awarded based on potential and ability or financial need. This scholarship can be renewed if scholastic standards are met, and is subject to availability of funds.

Fay Seaton Work Scholarship
The scholarship was established in 1945 by the late Fay Seaton, who was the publisher of the Manhattan Mercury-Chronicle until his death in 1952, to provide working scholarships for students "to perform appropriate service under the direction of the journalism and mass communications department head." This scholarship is awarded to JMC Ambassadors and/or office assistants. Students who receive this award assist the school with office work, recruitment and outreach.

Bettie Merrill Seitz Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to honor Bettie Merrill Seitz, Patricia A. Seitz and Alan G. Greer, and to provide financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate students in the A.Q. Miller School.

Marjorie I. Setter Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Marjorie I. Setter to provide financial assistance to second-, third- and fourth-year female students majoring in advertising or public relations in the A.Q. Miller School. Recipients must have a 2.5 grade point average or above to receive this scholarship. Financial need will also be taken into consideration.

Todd F. Simon Memorial Scholarship for Public Relations
This scholarship was established in 2013 by Geri Simon to perpetuate the memory of Todd F. Simon and to provide assistance to students enrolled in the public relations sequence in the A.Q. Miller School. Simon worked for the Omaha (Neb.) Sun newspaper after he graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He began teaching part-time at UNO in 1976. He completed his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1980. After completing his law degree, he taught for a time at UNO before moving to Washington, D.C. to attend the George Washington University Law School, where he received his LLM degree in 1984. From there, he went to Michigan State University, where he began as a journalism and communications law professor. Simon was director of the A.Q. Miller School from 1997-2004. He then taught classes in journalism, communication law, public relations and political communications. He also served as adviser for the K-State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. When funds are provided, one $1,000 scholarship will be provided annually. If $1,000 is not available for awarding, the scholarship will not be awarded. However, if the scholarship remains inactive for a period of two years due to this situation, discretion in the amount of the award is allowed.

Carol Sitz-Pelser Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1996 by Sarah G. Sitz to provide financial assistance to an undergraduate student majoring in journalism and mass communications.

Society of Collegiate Journalists Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1990 by the Kansas State Chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists with one-half of the available amount being awarded to an incoming journalism and mass communications freshman and the remaining one-half awarded to a photographer who is a member of the Royal Purple or Collegian staff who has submitted a portfolio of his/her work.

Jaconette Lawrence Tietze Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1985 to honor the former K-State journalism student whose father was a newspaper publisher in Council Grove. This scholarship is awarded annually to numerous journalism and mass communications majors.

David R. and Janice W. Von Riesen Scholarship in Journalism & Mass Communications

This scholarship was created in 2010 to honor David and Janice Von Riesen and to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Ronald and Ellen Warren Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2000 by Ronald and Ellen Warren to provide financial assistance to two or more journalism and mass communications students who have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need will be a determining factor if students are equally qualified.

Sarah Watson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1989 by Margaret Watson Peal to honor her mother and is to be awarded to an outstanding graduate of a Kansas high school who is or will be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours as a print journalism major. This scholarship may be renewed for four years as long as the recipient continues to be enrolled in print journalism and maintains a 3.5 GPA and is subject to availability of funds.

Fred White Sports Broadcasting Scholarship
This scholarship was established to perpetuate the memory of Fred White and to provide financial assistance to A.Q. Miller School students. The one recipient of this scholarship will be a junior or senior properly enrolled in the A.Q. Miller School interested in sports broadcasting.

Malcolm Aaron Wilson Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1979 by family and friends of the late Malcolm Wilson to perpetuate his memory, to commemorate his years of active and varied services in the fields of journalism and government and to likewise recognize and pay tribute to his interest in providing young people with educational opportunities. This scholarship is to be awarded to any regularly enrolled sophomore, junior or senior who is successfully pursuing an academic curriculum designed to prepare him/her for a career in the journalism and mass communications profession, especially in the area of government. This scholarship is renewable subject to satisfactory academic performance and to availability of funds.

Ernest R. Woodward Memorial Journalism Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1981 to perpetuate the memory of Woodward, a long-time distinguished Kansas newspaper publisher and state leader to provide financial assistance to students majoring in journalism and mass communications.

David W. Wright Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 1982 by family and friends of the late David Wright as a tribute to honor his memory and to provide financial assistance and tuition to journalism and mass communications majors. This scholarship is awarded to any junior or senior with a demonstrated financial need.

Fred Wrightman Award for Excellence in Photojournalism
This award was established in 1980 by friends of the late Fred Wrightman, who was the chief photographer at the Manhattan Mercury before his death in 1979, to perpetuate his memory and to recognize the journalism and mass communications student who has contributed the most to excellence in photojournalism. This scholarship is available to be awarded to any journalism and mass communications student.

Outside awards

C.W. Gusewelle Journalism Scholarship
This is a $2,000 scholarship, whose purpose is to encourage excellence in print and broadcast journalism. It is to be awarded to an outstanding student entering his/her senior year. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for consideration.

Kansas City Press Club Award

This award is given annually to journalism majors currently enrolled in his or her junior year. Candidates should be students who have "compiled good academic records and have shown genuine promise of a successful career in journalism as defined by the Society of Professional Journalists and whose educational process would be furthered with the award." Candidates are nominated by the scholarship committee and approved by the press club.

Sullivan Higdon & Sink Award
This award was established in 1978 and is funded by the Wichita, Kansas advertising and public relations agency to provide financial assistance to the outstanding public relations senior who has shown an interest in academics, PRSSA and other activities with a desire to enter the public relations field.

Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program
Snyder Leadership Fellows Program seeking applications until February 26, 2016. Are you an undergraduate student who will be entering your final year at K-State during the 2016-2017 academic year? Are you a fan of Coach Bill Snyder? Are you looking for unique opportunities for personal development as you prepare for life after graduation? If so, consider applying for the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program!

In addition to engineering the greatest turnaround in college football history, Coach Snyder has been a champion of developing leaders—both on and off the football field. It is because of this commitment that the Staley School of Leadership Studies, in partnership with K-State Athletics, is thrilled to offer a leadership development program that honors his work in developing a family of leaders — the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program.

The second year for Snyder Fellows program will begin in April 2016 and continue through April 2017. This year-long program will include a class of up to 40 outstanding K-State undergraduate students entering their final year at K-State. Snyder Fellows will participate in a variety of leadership development activities to help prepare for the transition from college and for engagement as lifelong leaders. Through generous contributions from supporters of Coach Snyder and the Staley School, this noncredit development program will be offered at NO COST for all selected students.

The Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows will:

  • Participate in a leadership development program rooted in Coach Snyder's 16 Goals for Success.
  • Attend three intensive retreats focused on goal setting and leadership development.
  • Take part in exclusive personal and professional development events with successful athletes, scholars, and business leaders throughout the year.
  • Participate in leadership dialogues and form an ongoing relationship with Coach Snyder.
  • Engage in one-on-one coaching sessions with Staley School faculty members and campus partners through the critical transition from college to career.
  • Make a difference on campus and in the community through service and mentoring activities.
  • Create a network of Snyder Fellows past and present to form a family of lifelong leaders.

All applications must be submitted by February 26, 2016. For more information on the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program, visit www.ksu.edu/snyder-fellows or contact Staley School faculty member Marcia Hornung at 785-532-6085 or hornung@k-state.edu.