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Montana Journalism Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of Montana Journalism, we award more than $120,000 a year in scholarships to deserving students. The scholarship committee, as appointed by the dean, carefully selects the recipient of these awards based on criteria set by the donor.

The following is a list of scholarships established with the J-School slated for award at the 2014 Dean Stone Awards on April 25. There may be additional scholarships that are either not formally established,  rotate through different departments or campus units or are not awarded annually that are not on this list. For questions, please contact our development and alumni relations officer Alison Metzger-Jones at alison.metzger-jones@mso.umt.edu .

A.B. Guthrie Memorial Fund Scholarship – awarded to a graduate student with demonstrated writing talent.

Albert Erickson Scholarship – given to a student who expresses a desire to become an editor of a Montana newspaper with strong spelling skills. 

Andrew C. Cogswell Scholarship - in recognition of academic excellence and professional promise in journalism.

Art Jette Memorial Award – recognizing contributions to the student newspaper, in personality, good humor and willingness to work.

Billings Family Journalism Scholarship – for a female graduate student who shows promise in the field, determination and shares the values of the donor.

Birdwell Scholarship in Journalism - in recognition of a Native American Montanan majoring in broadcast journalism.

Blanche C. Lanstrum Scholarship - recognizing professional promise for a woman who plans to pursue a career in print journalism.

Blumberg Fund for Investigative Journalism – awarding students for pursuit of investigative reporting.

Boatman Family Scholarship - awarding a promising journalism student who is involved in their community.

Broadcast Professional Promise Award - in recognition of professional promise in radio or television reporting, writing and production.

Bruce M. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship – given to an outstanding student interested in working for a weekly or small daily newspaper and is skilled in photography.

Butte Press Club Scholarship - in recognition of journalism student who shows promise in print or broadcast journalism.  

C.G. Rochon Scholarship – for a graduating high school senior from Anaconda, Mont. who wishes to study journalism at UM.

Connie Craney Scholarship – awarded to a junior broadcast journalism student with professional potential.

Cordingley Scholarship – recognizing a native Montanan pursuing a career in print journalism and with very strong professional convictions.

D.J. Shults Journalism Scholarship – awarded to outstanding students from Big Sandy High, a Chouteau County high school or another Montana high school studying journalism.

Dan Vichorek Scholarship – awarded to a promising Native American journalism student who shows wit, wisdom and a flair for writing about the environment, wildlife, history and grassroots Montana.   

Dean's Award - in recognition of achievement and outstanding performance in journalism.

Don Anderson Scholarship - in recognition of excellence in journalism, proven editorial craftsmanship and an appreciation of the role newspapers play in American society.

Don Oliver Scholarship - awarding a journalism student on academic merit who plans to write in the media as a professional.

Don Weston and Ron Richards Scholarship – for a deserving, upper-level broadcast journalism student.

Dorcas Keach Northey Scholarship - in recognition of a journalism student who demonstrates professional promise and good performance in the classroom.

Dorothy Rochon Powers Scholarship – for an outstanding junior, senior or graduate-level student in journalism who shows great promise as a reporter, editor or columnist, and reflects the qualities demonstrated by its namesake.

Douglass Thomas Scholarship – in recognition of a deserving journalism student whose primary interests lie in the business aspects of the profession such as public relations, administration, sales, advertising or management.

Edward B. Dugan Award – in recognition of a member of the Kaimin staff who exhibits outstanding leadership.

Fred Martin Scholarship in Community Journalism– awarding an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student interested in working for a weekly or small daily paper and is chosen by faculty to cover the legislative session.

Gannett Foundation General Excellence Award (presented by the Great Falls Tribune) – in recognition of both academic excellence and professional promise.

Gannett Foundation Native American Scholarship (presented by the Great Falls Tribune) – in recognition of professional promise in journalism.

George and Marie Lynch McVey Scholarship – awarding a journalism student who is a promising writer, specifically focusing on editorial, feature, sports or investigative reporting .

Guy Mooney Scholarship – in recognition a journalism student who demonstrates both integrity and scholastic ability

Harold Seipp Scholarship – for a deserving journalism student majoring in print.

Jean Kountz and Hal G. Stearns Scholarship – awarding an undergraduate or graduate journalism student who demonstrates professional potential, academic ability and embodies the qualities of the scholarship’s namesake.

Jeff Cole Memorial Journalism Scholarship – awarding a journalism student who demonstrates, in performance and potential, the traits of Jeff Cole.

Jennifer Servo Memorial Award – awarding a graduating UM senior with outstanding professional potential in broadcast journalism.

John Forssen Memorial Scholarship – in recognition of professional promise in journalism.  

Kaimin “Go To” Award – in recognition of a Kaimin staff member who is always willing to work.  

Kim Williams Fellowship – awarding a promising graduate student in journalism to pursue an interest in environmental studies and issues.

Kinney Journalism Scholarship – in recognition of professional promise and excellence in broadcast journalism.

Larcombe Family Scholarship – awarding a worthy print journalism student.

Lee and Donna Metcalf Scholarship – recognizing a journalism student with a 3.5 GPA or higher who has a demonstrated interest and focus on political reporting.

Lee Enterprises Native American Scholarship – in recognition of a strong academic record and professional promise.

Louis M. and Dorothy MacLane Thayer Journalism Scholarship – in recognition of achievement and outstanding performance in journalism.

Lucille and McLean Clark Television Scholarship – awarding a journalism student who demonstrates high standards of excellence in television courses and exhibits professional promise.

Madison S. Turner Scholarship – awarding a journalism student who applies by writing an essay on their goals and aspirations, how they have contributed to society and how their future plans will benefit society.

Mark Henckel Scholarship – in recognition of a student who exemplifies Mark’s interest in outdoors and tireless advocacy.

Mary DeJarnette Holter Memorial Scholarship – in recognition of excellence in journalism and a commitment to service.

Montana Broadcasters Association Joe Durso, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – awarding a broadcast journalism student entering his or her senior year, from Montana, and possesses Joe’s professional attitude.

Melissa Weaver Memorial Scholarship – in recognition of a junior or senior undergraduate in journalism whose academic achievement and extracurricular involvement embody Melissa’s spirit.

Melvin and Myrtle Lord Scholarship – awarding a journalism student entering their junior, senior or graduate year based on probable professional success.

Miller Asendio News Diversity Scholarship - awarding an out-of-state student who plans to pursue a career as a working news journalist.

Montana Newspaper Association Dean Stone Award – in recognition of achievement and outstanding performance in journalism, honoring the founder of the School of Journalism.

Montana Newspaper Association Pat Burke Memorial Scholarship – in recognition of professional promise in journalism, in honor of the wife of the late Frank Burke, a longtime publisher of the Glendive Ranger-Review.

Myre-McGaugh Scholarship – awarding a deserving journalism student, preferably from Flathead County.

Norman A. Johnson Memorial Award – in recognition of academic excellence and professional potential in journalism in honor of its namesake, who was a Kaimin editor.

Olaf J. Bue Memorial Award – in recognition of outstanding reporting for the Kaimin.

Owen E. Grinde Memorial Scholarship - honoring a graduate of a Montana high school entering their senior year in the School of Journalism.

Phil Hess Memorial Student Service Award – in recognition of service to Montana through work for Montana Pubic Radio and Montana PBS and in memory or Phil Hess, founder of KUFM Radio.

Richard Brown Stripp Scholarship – awarding a journalism student who shows talent and interest in community journalism.

Richard Shirley Memorial Scholarship – in recognition of professional promise in photojournalism.

Robert C. McGiffert Excellence Award – awarding a journalism student with a special flair for news editing or commitment to free speech and free press principles of the First Amendment.

Robert L. Wolfe Scholarship – to a student showing professional promise and excellence in photojournalism in honor of its namesake.

Ronald E. Miller Award – in recognition of achievement and outstanding performance in journalism.

Rosetta Rush Kamlowsky Memorial Scholarship – in recognition of a junior who shows promise in radio, especially in radio talk show format.

Sam Reynolds Excellence in Editorial Writing Award – in recognition of professional promise and demonstrated writing talent.

Steele Williams Memorial Scholarship – recognizing a photojournalism student who exemplifies Steele's adventurous spirit and passion for telling stories through photos and audio.

Ted Delaney Fund for Writing Excellence – in recognition of a graduate student with excellent writing ability and professional promise as a teacher.

Tim Krahl Scholarship – awarding a photojournalism student who, along with a zest for life and appreciation of the environment, shows professional promise and academic excellence.

Vander Houwen Family Journalism Scholarship – awarding an incoming student to the School of Journalism.  

Warren Brier Scholarship – in recognition of professional promise in journalism in memory of former dean, Warren Brier.  

William D. and Loretto Charlotte James Scholarship – in recognition of professional promise in print journalism.

Updated: Jan. 3, 2014