Scholarship or Merit Award Application Process

  1. Select Scholarships and Merit Awards from the following descriptions;
  2. Please note that in order to qualify for a need-based scholarship, you must have applied for financial aid with the University;
  3. Merit Awards do not have financial aid requirements;
  4. Download and complete application form;
  5. Follow How to Apply directions in the relevent box(es) below;
  6. Submit to the General Manager, Mark Bealafeld at




Chris Parks Scholarship

Need-based Scholarship that supports a Michigan Daily writer based upon quality of work over twelve months and financial need. Established in 2004 in memory of Christopher Parks, a co-EIC of The Daily in 1973-74. 

  1. MI Daily non-Senior Edit Staff
  2. Submit application form
  3. Provide link to quality work published in the Daily during the last 12 months

Class of 1998 Fund 

Need-based Scholarship supporting Michigan Daily student reporters and editors in good standing. Preference is given to students with a demonstrated interest in a career in journalism or mass communications.

  1. MI Daily non-Senior Edit Staff
  2. Submit application form
  3. Provide statement on future career interests and goals



Lipsey Endowed Scholarships

Need-based Scholarship-to be awarded to students involved in any of the student publications enterprises

  1. Any non-Senior publication affiliated student
  2. Submit application form

Hermanoff Scholarship

Need-based scholarship to be awarded to a Michigan Daily edit or business staff, established by former Michigan Daily business manager Michael Hermanoff ('62) and his wife, Sandra.

  1. Any MI Daily Junior
  2. Submit application form

Gottesman Scholarship

Need- and merit-based scholarship to be awarded to the editorial staff of the Michigan Daily, established by Andrew Gottesman, Daily alumnus, in honor of his parents Harold and Barbara Gottesman.

  1. MI Daily Underclass, edit staff
  2. Submit application form
  3. Submit links to three published writing samples

Wendy Owen Memorial Scholarship

Provides scholarship support to freshman, sophomore, or junior Michigan Daily editorial staff member(s) whose contributions to the university community have been soundly constructive and who have a demonstrated financial need.

  1. MI Daily Underclass, edit staff
  2. Submit application form

Student Publications Need-Based Scholarship

Provides support for Publications-affiliated students, based on financial need

  1. Publication affiliated students
  2. Submit application form

Petersen-Fineberg Scholarship

Based upon need and merit, supports sophomore, junior or senior business or edit staff member(s) who have performed their duties meritoriously.

  1. Non-freshmen Business or Edit Staff Member of MI Daily
  2. Submit application form

Michigan Daily Scholarship

Provides support for The Michigan Daily staff.

  1. MI Daily, non-Senior Editor or Manager
  2. Submit application form
Michigan Daily Honors Scholarship
  1. MI Daily Sophomores & Juniors, Edit Staff also in LS&A Honors Program
  2. Submit application form
Kavi Shekhar Pandey Arts Writer Scholarship                                  

Established in 2016 in memory of beloved former Daily arts writer and editor, Kavi Shekhar Pandey ('12), for arts staff with outstanding work ethic.

  1. Non-senior Arts writer for MI Daily.
  2. Submit application form

Stanford Lipsey Endowed Scholarship

Established by The Michigan Daily and Michiganensian alumnus photographer Stanford Lipsey. 

  1. MI Daily Sophomores & Juniors, Edit Staff.     
  2. Submit application form




Name of Scholarship How to apply

Naweed Sikora Scholarship

Merit Award provides support for any Michigan Daily writer, who has worked for the Daily for at least two semesters 

  1. MI Daily Edit Staff
  2. Submit application form
  3. Submit links to 5 writing samples
  4. Submit one page response to Naweed’s final column found at this link

Ray O’Hara Award in Sports Writing at The Michigan Daily

Merit Award supports any Daily sports staff member with an investigative, ethical style that exhibits candor, a search for truth, and a sense of humor.

  1.  MI Daily Sports writer
  2. Submit application form
  3. Submit links to sports writing that exhibit the significance of athletics, the relationship between the student athlete and the student body, an investigative yet ethical style, a search for truth and a sense of humor

Lipsey Merit Awards

Created and named in honor of Stanford Lipsey, former Michigan Daily and Michiganensian photographer.

  1. Submit application form

Brentlinger Award for Business or Editorial Writing

Merit award established in memory of the late Paul Brentlinger, a Daily city editor in the late 1940s, by his children. 

  1. MI Daily Business or Editorial Writer
  2. Submit application form
  3. Submit links to 3 writing samples

Nancy Bylan Bratman Copy Editing Award 

This award was established in memory of Nancy Bylan Bratman (Michigan Daily reporter with impeccable grammar and punctuation) by her sons Ben and David Bratman

  1. MI Daily copy edit staff member, freshman, sophomore, or junior in good standing.
  2. Submit application form

The Michigan Daily Business Person of the Year Award

Created by Kirby Voigtman, a former business manager at The Michigan Daily.

  1. MI Daily Business staff member
  2. Submit application form

Ken Fink Photojournalism Award

Merit Award supports a Michigan Daily freshman, sophomore, or junior photographer based upon creativity, humor, spontaneity, originality and technical mastery.

  1. MI Daily non-Senior photo staff
  2. Submit application form
  3. Submit links to photos, photo stories or multimedia that exhibit creativity, humor, spontaneity, originality and technical mastery