MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop attendees

Students: Access the online scholarship application form here. You will be asked to create a free account.

We believe everyone should have an opportunity to attend the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop. That’s why MIPA works with our partners and supporters to raise scholarships for students to attend our summer camp. You can help our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation.

Individual students may also raise money to attend the workshop by using SponsorMe, an online crowd-funding tool students can use to raise money from family, friends and other people they know. We’ve also got ideas to help students raise money.

Deadline for scholarship applications: May 31. No exceptions.

We will notify all applicants by phone, letter or email by June 10 about whether they have been awarded a scholarship. Students who do not receive a scholarship will be offered an opportunity to register at the discounted registration rate of $425. Questions? Contact us.

How to Apply


To apply for the Soffin, MPA Foundation, MIPA Video, Nardone, The Argus-Press or Dahlstrom scholarships, you must complete the following:

  1. workshop registration form (so we can hold a seat for you) and the, health and policy forms.
    • Important: If completing the registration form online, to avoid paying the full registration fee or a higher deposit fee, choose Purchase Order/Request an Invoice as your payment method.
  2. A refundable workshop registration deposit of $25 to hold your place in your preferred class. Students/parents may request the deposit be waived for a documented financial need.;*
    • Mail deposit payable by check or money order to MIPA, 404 Wilson Road Room 305, East Lansing, MI 48824, or pay online via credit card at http://mipamsu.org/payment.
  3. The online scholarship application form, which includes:
    • Information about the student;
    • Student and parent financial information (voluntary) to show financial need (some, but not all, of our scholarships consider financial need);
    • A one- to two-page typed essay stating why you would like to come to the workshop and what you think you will gain from it. If applying for a Nardone or Dahlstrom scholarship, be sure to address the specific requirements of those scholarships;
    • A letter of recommendation from your student media adviser/journalism teacher;
    • A recent school photo.

*NOTE: The $25 refundable deposit holds your place in the workshop course of your choice until scholarships are decided (some courses otherwise may fill up by that time). Students/parents may request the deposit be waived for a documented financial need. Please include a written request with your application. The deposit will be refunded to you if you receive a full scholarship or if you choose not to attend the workshop and let us know by June 30. It will be kept as a down payment on your registration fee if you do not receive a scholarship and still wish to attend the workshop or if you fail to let us know if you are coming by June 30.

Learn about our scholarships

Stan Soffin Scholarship

MIPA annually awards one full scholarship to a student editor in honor of Dr. Stan Soffin, former director of the Michigan State University School of Journalism and the person most instrumental in seeing that MSU became the headquarters of MIPA in the early 1980s. Apply by completing the student scholarship application.

Michigan Press Association Foundation Scholarships

The Michigan Press Association, which represents the state’s newspaper publishers, and the MPA Foundation have been great friends to scholastic journalism in Michigan. They care about the future of journalism and are investing energy, time and money into young journalists. MPA Foundation scholarships are awarded based on need to students who are on the school newspaper staff. The foundation may award full or partial scholarships. Apply by completing the student scholarship application.

MIPA Video Scholarship

MIPA is proud to offer a full or partial scholarship to a student who enrolls in one of our workshop’s video classes. Scholarship is based in part on need. Apply by completing the student scholarship application.

Jeff Nardone Scholarship

This full scholarship was established in memory of Jeff Nardone, who was a long-time journalism adviser, MIPA leader and instructor at the summer workshop. The scholarship is open to all students, although interest in pursuing sports journalism and financial need will be considered in selecting the recipient. Applicants who have an interest in sports journalism should address that in their essay. Apply by completing the student scholarship application.

The Argus-Press Scholarships

The Argus-Press is Michigan’s oldest single-family owned daily newspaper, having been in the Campbell family since 1895. The Owosso newpaper prints nearly 70 student newspapers and is a long-time supporter of MIPA activities. Full or partial scholarships may be awarded to newspaper students from MIPA member schools based on the strength of their application and financial need. Apply by completing the student scholarship application.

Donald F. & Katherine K. Dahlstrom Scholarship

The Michigan State University School of Journalism and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism awards this scholarship to a high school student with an interest in environmental journalism. Applicants should address their interest in environmental journalism in their essay. Apply by completing the student scholarship application.

Button-Olman-Mack-Rau Grants

Only schools or advisers may apply for Button-Olman-Mack-Rau (BOMR) Grants. We’ll award grants covering a student’s summer workshop registration fee to up to two schools that are starting new student media programs or have new advisers. The BOMR grants are in honor of Bob Button, Gloria Olman, Larry Mack and Betsy Pollard Rau, journalism teachers and student media advisers who have been inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. To apply, advisers/schools should prepare a typed letter telling about your new journalism program or about yourself as the new adviser and submit it to us with information about your and your school via the BOMR Grant application form. DEADLINE: MAY 31