Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
Gene F. Jankowski Scholarships in Telecommunication
The Gene F. Jankowski Scholarship Fund honors Gene Jankowski’s successful career and commitment to the telecommunication industry. A graduate of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences who earned an M.S. degree in Telecommunication, this fund reflects his belief in the value of a strong liberal arts education to prepare students to succeed in a rapidly growing profession.
MSU Telecasters Fund
This scholarship is funded by the MSU Telecasters Alumni Group to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.
Ira and Jennie Greene Endowed Scholarship
The scholarship is named for and gives recognition to Ira and Jennie Greene of Hamden, Connecticut, first generation Americans, who understood and fostered the importance of education in an individual’s life. Among other achievements, through their commitment to a strong work ethic and staunch family values, they were able to provide the encouragement and resources that enabled their son, David, to attend and graduate from Michigan State University.
Kevin R Markwardt Award
Kevin was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 22, 1955. He attended Franklin High School in Livonia, Michigan, where he graduated “With Honors” and was “Honorable Mention All State” defensive end on their football team in his senior year. At MSU he majored in Telecommunication and graduated “With Honors” in 1977. Kevin was a sports fanatic and attended most events at the school even after graduation. Kevin died February 5, 1979, in an automobile accident on his way home after attending an MSU basketball tournament weekend.
Michael A Chaprnka Endowed Scholarship Award
This scholarship award is established in memory of Michael A Chaprnka who was a strong young scholar at Michigan State University who was seeking and finding his calling in the field of Telecommunication. Michael always demonstrated exceptional industry by supplementing his dedication to education by part-time jobs. His solid creativity and expressive nature is recalled by his trio that played and produced their own music. Mike was a caring, modest, thoughtful person who brought joy and happiness to those he met throughout his life.
Communication Arts & Sciences Scholarship in Telecommunication
This fund was established by Bruce & Marilyn Richardson to benefit students enrolled at Michigan State University in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Robert J. & Joanne P. Kobel and Susan Meurer Expendable Scholarship
The scholarship recognizes the influence of Michigan State University and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences on Robert Kobel’s post-college life and work. The award also honors Robert’s wife, Joanne, and sister, Susan – an MSU graduate – for their support and encouragement.
Gary Reid Professional Development Fund
Moving talented students from college into the professional community is the over arching philosophy of this endowment. As such, the guidelines should be broad enough to support this process. It is intended to institutionalize and pay tribute to the vision and deep sense of personal commitment that has been the hallmark of Gary Reid’s professional academic career.
Thomas A. Muth, Sr. Endowed Fund in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media
This endowed fund is established by Tom Muth’s former students, colleagues, and friends in celebration of more than 30 years of teaching, research and service to Michigan State University and the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. Tom has been an inspiration to undergraduate and graduate students alike, providing academic guidance and career advice to many grateful former students. His mix of legal acumen and communication scholarship, coupled with an innovative teaching style that challenged students to explore the complex policy issues raised by modern communication and information technologies has made Tom one of MSU’s most beloved professors.
Maxine and John (Jake) Ferris Global Award in Technologies & Applications
Active, vibrant members of the MSU and East Lansing communities, Maxine and John (Jake) are also MSU alumni: Maxine earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and Jake earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Maxine and Jake are Professors Emeritus of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and, believe that international experiences broaden students’ perspectives and help them become better citizens of the world.