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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Scholarships

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/masscom/studentinfo/scholarships.html

MSU Department of Mass Media scholarships and awards are presented to students each year during late April of spring term.Scholarship applications are usually made available to students in late March or early April of each spring term.

Students are apprised of the scholarship application process through class announcements and printed notices posted in Nelson Hall. Annual scholarship amounts range from $200 to possibly more than $1,000.

Scholarship Criteria

Department of Mass Media Scholarships

To be eligible for a Department of Mass Media scholarship, a student must be enrolled at Minnesota State University and must meet the following criteria:
 

1.    Be an MSU major in mass media.
2.    Have a 3.0 or higher cumulative MSU GPA.   
3.    Have completed MASS 110 and MASS 221.
4.    Reflect the qualities the full-time faculty of the department deem requisite in a competent and respected media communicator.
5.    Submit with your application a word-processed statement in which you provide detailed answers to the following questions:
·        What are your career plans?  How will a degree in mass media help you achieve your goals?
·        Do you need financial aid?  Why/why not? (Include an essay about “a day in my life” that gives a picture of school, job and anything else that demonstrates financial need and how a scholarship would be helpful.)
·        Have you been involved in volunteer or extracurricular activities or organizations that have somehow served the public?  If so, provide details.
·        What, if any, work experience in mass media have you had?  Provide details.
·        What high school did you attend?
6.    Sign the department pledge on the application form that stipulates you will remain a student at MSU for at least one semester of the academic year you receive the scholarship.
7.    Provide with your application a current MSU unofficial transcript.

PRSSA Scholarship

To be eligible, a student must meet the same criteria as for the Department of Mass Media scholarship.  In addition, the student must be an active member of PRSSA and must indicate membership in the MSU Chapter of PRSSA on the application form and in the written statement. Applicants must also demonstrate high scholarship and anticipate a career in public relations. When applying for this scholarship, be sure to state your professional intentions.

Sue Menton Scholarship

To be eligible, a student must meet the same criteria as for the Department of Mass Media scholarship.  The student must also demonstrate high scholarship and have junior or senior status.  In addition, the student must have graduated from Mankato West High School, Mankato East High School or Loyola High School of Mankato. 
 

The Mark & Sky Kunerth Scholarship

To be eligible, a student must meet the same criteria as for the Department of Mass Media scholarship.  The student must also demonstrate financial need that is so great that attending MSU without scholarships and financial aid would be impossible. 

McConnell Writing Excellence Scholarship

To be eligible, a student must meet the same criteria as for the Department of Mass Media scholarship. Also, the student must display superior journalistic writing in the application documents and be willing to share with the scholarship donor the application material.

The Robert & Jeanille Shipman Scholarship

To be eligible, a student must meet the same criteria as for the Department of Mass Media scholarship. The student must also demonstrate high scholarship and intend to enter the professional journalism field. When applying for this scholarship, be sure to state your professional intentions.

Suzanne Pothast AP Style Scholarship

To be eligible, a student must meet the same criteria as for the Department of Mass Media scholarship except that a GPA of 2.5 or higher will be considered. Also, the applicant must:

  1. Be paying for his or her own school and be able to demonstrate financial need.
  2. Be willing to share with the scholarship donor the information provided in the application.

Note:

Each student's academic record and application will remain confidential. Full-time faculty members of the Department of Mass Media make final selections. Faculty members reserve the right to reject all applicants.

Awards Criteria

Certificate of Excellence

In recognition of outstanding scholarship to juniors with a university 3.5 GPA and who exemplify the standards of the Department of Mass Media. No application is necessary.

Outstanding Sophomore Award

To the sophomore or sophomores who demonstrate outstanding potential for accomplishing the major and the professional practice of media communication.Usually a book award. No application is necessary.

Outstanding Senior Award

To the student or students whose scholarship, character and performance exemplify the standards of the Department of Mass Media. No application is necessary.