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, Kathy Ciesinski 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. This scholarship honors two Daily men who served in the armed forces during World War II and gave their life in battle.

  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 an 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






Naweed Sikora Merit Award

Merit award that provides support for any Michigan Daily writer who has worked for the Daily for at least two semesters. Established in memory of Naweed, a former sports editor who wrote philosophical columns about the nature of sports. He graduated from UM in 2000 with a finance degree from the business school, and tragically passed away at the age of 27 from cancer in 2009. 

  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

Ken Fink Michigan Daily Photojournalism Award

The Ken Fink Award Fund supports an annual prize to a staff photographer who demonstrates creativity, humor, spontaneity, originality, and technical mastery. The fund was established as a memorial to Ken Fink, a Daily photographer, Photo Editor and Arts & Food Editor from 1972 through 1977 by a group of his college newspaper friends in 1999.

  1.  MI Daily Photo staff
  2. Submit application form
  3. Submit links to three photos, photo stories, or multimedia projects created for the Daily during the past twelve months, that exhibit "creativity, spontaneity, originality, and technical mastery."

Stanford Lipsey Merit Awards

Created and named in honor of Stanford Lipsey, former Michigan Daily and Michiganensian photographer and a great supporter of Student Publications, there are three annual merit awards given out: The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting; The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Public Service Reporting; and The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Photographic or Multimedia Storytelling. 


  1. Submit application form


Brentlinger Award for Business or Editorial Writing

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

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

Rick Freeman Memorial Merit Award

A new award established in memory of Rick Freeman by his wife Aino Wheler and fellow Daily alum, Jennifer Yachnin. Rick was a beloved managing sports editor at the Daily (1999) who went on to work at the AP sports desk in NY, and passed away at age 40 from brain cancer, in 2017. This award recognizes a rising junior or senior member of The Michigan Daily staff who has worked at the Daily for at least one semester, and can demonstrate an enthusiasm for news-gathering, friendship, or life in general. 

  1. MI Daily  sophomore or junior.
  2. Submit application form
  3. Submit links to three samples
  4. Submit a 1-page essay or poem about "what gives you joy."