Departmental Awards

The Department of Communication Studies solicits applications for academic awards for fall, winter and summer terms. Declared Communication Studies majors with at least junior standing may apply for departmental awards. Award criteria and application requirements vary for each award. Applicants should refer to the award instructions and application for the appropriate term for details. Award amounts are subject to availability and may change each term. Additional information and applications for awards may be found in the department office or on the Comm undergraduate CTools Site.

Undergraduate Fall Awards

Fall Award Application

Ann Arbor News Scholarship – Established in 1967 with a gift from the Ann Arbor News, this annual scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students active in Communication Studies, with a preference for students who intend to enter the newspaper field.

John L. and Clara M. Brumm Memorial Scholarship – Named for the founder and director of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, this award is given in recognition of outstanding academic performance to a student active in Communication Studies.

The James P. Chapman Memorial Scholarship – Established in 1998 by CARA charities to honor the memory of James P. Chapman, career journalist and publicist active in CARA charity work, this scholarship is awarded to students active in Communication Studies.

Carole Simpson Minority Aid Scholarship – Established in 1992 by Carole Simpson, award-winning senior correspondent for ABC News, this scholarship is given to students active in Communication Studies.

Undergraduate Winter Awards

Winter Award Application

Mary Lou Butcher Equality in Journalism Award – This award commemorates the 1984 class action discrimination suit against the Detroit News, settled in favor of Mary Lou Butcher and three other Detroit News employees. This award is given to a continuing Communication Studies student who demonstrates outstanding promise for professional achievement in the news media.

The J. Evens Campbell Scholarship – Established in 1973 by friends and family of longtime leader in journalism, J. Evens Campbell, this award is given for academic excellence to a senior majoring in Communication studies, with preference for those seeking careers in print communication.

Saks Family Scholarship – Established in 1997 at the bequest of Lewis H. Saks, this scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior Communication Studies student who shows potential to contribute to their major area of study, particularly in the areas of social growth or individual creative achievement.

Claude Sifritt Undergraduate Award – Established in 1979 with a gift from the estate of Claude Sifritt, this award is given to an undergraduate Communication Studies student in recognition of outstanding academic performance.

Leland Stowe Award – Established in 1981 by Leland and Theodora Stowe, this scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate Communication Studies student in recognition of academic excellence, with a preference for a student seeking a career in print communication.

Summer Awards

Kara Sundlun House Scholarship Fund – Established in 2006 through a gift from Kara Sundlun House, a broadcast news reporter and 1997 Communication Studies graduate, to encourage and support a Communication Studies student participating in an unpaid summer internship in broadcast journalism.


Michael Luckoff Internship Award – Established in 1986 through a gift from Michael Luckoff, a legend in San Francisco radio, to support a Communication Studies undergraduate student participating in an unpaid summer internship in commercial radio broadcasting.


Summer Internship Stipend – The department provides a limited number of stipends for students participating in unpaid summer internships related to mass communication, media studies, or journalism. Both graduate and declared Communication Studies majors are eligible to apply. Funding is limited and stipend applications will be considered on the following criteria:

  • Quality of an applicant's prior academic work
  • Correlation of internship to the applicant’s academic study and career interests
  • Applicant's progress toward degree
  • Evidence of applicant’s commitment to pursue a professional career in mass communication, media studies, journalism, or community journalism

Due to the large number of applicants each summer, priority for funding will be:

  • Declared Communication Studies majors seeking credit through Comm 321: Undergraduate Internship
  • Graduate students and declared Communication Studies majors not seeking credit
  • Previous summer internship stipend recipients