Scholarships

MCJ students excel in their academic work and consistently achieve high accolades. The education they receive today will help them to make a difference in our world tomorrow. Your generous donations to scholarships and the MCJ department help our students achieve their goals. We greatly appreciate the gifts of our donors.

If you would like to contribute to an existing scholarship or establish one of your own, please contact Dr. Kathy Adams, MCJ Department Chair, at 559.278.2087 or email kathya@csufresno.edu.

The following is a list of scholarships available to our MCJ students. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the general Fresno State scholarship form.

Darrell Copeland III Mass Communication and Journalism Scholarship 

Each year since Darrell Copeland III passed away at age 25 in 2011, his parents Darrell and Diana have organized large softball tournaments and craft boutiques to raise money to establish a scholarship endowment in their son's name. This year, their vision comes to fruition as we award the first Darrell Copeland Scholarship. DC3 (as he was affectionately known) was a standout MCJ graduate who served as sports editor at The Collegian and was kick-starting his career in PR/marketing. But he's most known for his lifelong passion for Fresno State sports, sharing his community pride with others and his booming voice as he cheered for the 'Dogs from the stands. Darrell was an idea man, full of creative thoughts and humor with an appreciation for tradition. Friends agree that Darrell wasn't just a "glass half-full" type of guy, his glass was always overflowing. One of his biggest goals was to leave a lasting impact on his alma mater Fresno State, and this endowment ensures that. The scholarship is awarded to MCJ majors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an interest in pursuing sports journalism.

Dr. Roberta Asahina Scholarship
The Dr. Roberta Asahina Scholarship was established in Fall 2009 at Dr. Asahina's induction ceremony into the Mass Communication and Journalism Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame. Dr. Asahina has led the Advertising Option in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department for close to three decades. The Scholarship was started by Mike Insalaco, Dr. Asahina's former student, and endowed by her friends and family. It is the only scholarship offered at Fresno State that is specifically for advertising students. Criterion includes self-drive, a thirst for learning, strong leadership, and exceptional professionalism. The Roberta Asahina Scholar reflects the best of the advertising students' strong scholarship, character, and promise.

ABC30 Journalism Scholarship
The ABC30 Journalism Scholarship was created in January 2010. Eligible students must be studying an aspect of broadcast journalism and have and maintain a 3.0 GPA or above. Preference is given to students who demonstrate knowledge and/or interest in emerging cultures of the Central Valley, such as Hispanic, African-American or Southeast Asian. Financial need is considered and a personal statement is required for application. Once a student is awarded an ABC30 Journalism Scholarship, he or she is eligible for the award each year until graduation, up to a maximum of four years.

Nathan Hathaway Collegian Scholarship
The Nathan Hathaway Collegian Scholarship was established this spring in honor and memory of former Collegian Editor in Chief Nathan Hathaway. Nathan was passionate about journalism and headed for an extraordinary career.

When Nathan approached graduation in fall 2005, he had held editor positions at The Collegian for more than three years and also completed five internships at major U.S. newspapers during the summers. He maintained a near four-point GPA. Nathan planned to become a sports writer and eventually an editor, but near the end of his final semester, he suffered a cerebral aneurysm on campus and died a few days later at 26.

The first Nathan Hathaway Collegian Scholarship will be awarded once each semester to a qualifying Collegian editor or sub-editor. Recipients must be planning a career in print journalism and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship committee has begun its fund-raising campaign and needs to raise $25,000 to establish an endowment. With your help, this goal will be attained.

Jim Melikian (Popcorn Man) Scholarship
Generously funded by alumnus Jim Melikian in honor of his company, The Popcorn Man, this scholarship will be awarded annually to a junior or senior public relations student who has displayed tremendous passion for the field and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned creativity. Students compete for this scholarship by developing and presenting a mock public relations campaign. This year students presented their plan for the 30th anniversary of The Popcorn Man.

Lotus Communications Scholarship
This scholarship was created in 2003 by Dan Crotty, general manager of KLBN, KGST and KMMM Spanish-language radio stations in Fresno.

Bernard Shepard Scholarship

Dr. “Bernie” Shepard was a member of the Fresno State Department of Journalism for close to 30 years. He established and built the Public Relations Program in the Department and died in the late 1980s. This scholarship is funded by Dr. Shepard's former student Gary Simpson with the stipulation that half of each year's available money go to a journalism student and half to a public relations student. Bernie was a strong advocate of both fields, and Simpson wants people to know of Bernie's belief that a firm grounding in journalism is essential for success in PR. The scholarship is awarded to students who show excellent promise in their field of study and a demonstrated financial need.

Merlyn D. Burris Memorial Scholarship
Josie Burris, wife of the late Prof. Merlyn Burris, created this scholarship in his honor shortly after his death in 2001. A World Was II veteran, Burris was a professor of Radio-Television Production for 37 years at Fresno State.

Arthur Margosian Journalism Scholarship
The late Dr. Arthur Margosian was a member of the Department of Journalism for approximately 30 years before his retirement in the 1980s. He worked in journalism and public relations, and he headed the Public Relations Program after Dr. Bernard Shepard retired. This scholarship was established through donations received from the community and is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in public relations.

Benck Family Scholarship
Family & friends of Ernie & June Benck have established an endowment fund, which will provide scholarships to Fresno State students. These scholarships are awarded in even numbered years to a journalism major and in odd numbered years to a creative poetry writing major enrolled in the master of fine arts program.

Charles L. Palmer Memorial Grant
The late “Charlie” Palmer was a former newspaperman who later went into public relations. He was a PR practitioner for Pacific Gas & Electric for several years before his death in the 1960s. This grant was established through donations from his wife, friends and colleagues. Preference is given to students on the basis of financial need, educational promise, and an interest in Journalism as a career.

Dayle H. Molen Journalism Scholarship
Dayle H. Molen was a member of the faculty of the Fresno State Department of Journalism from the mid-1960s until his retirement in the mid-1980s. Before becoming a professor, he was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 20 years. This scholarship is funded by contributions from his colleagues and students and is awarded to students majoring in print journalism of sophomore or higher class standing.

Jim Zallian Memorial Grant
Jim Zallian was a Fresno State Alumnus who became one of the most prominent radio journalists in California. He eventually became the news director at KNX News Radio in Los Angeles. This scholarship was established by his friends and colleagues and is awarded to upper-division students planning a career in broadcast journalism.

Mass Communication & Journalism Department Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by a grant from the late Hubert “Rick” Richert, who was editor of The Collegian from 1936-37. Richert established the scholarship in honor of his friend and fellow student from that period, Roger Tatarian, who went on to become editor and vice president of United Press International.

Paul V. Sheehan Journalism Grant
The late Dr. Paul Sheehan was the founder of the Fresno State Department of Journalism, which later became the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism. Dr. Sheehan took a small journalism program that offered only a few courses and helped establish it as a full department. He also helped establish the mass communication and journalism graduate program. This scholarship is funded by donations received from the community and awarded to a student majoring in journalism with an interest in journalism as a career. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need and educational promise to an upper division or graduate student.

Sid Hosking Jr. Memorial Scholarship 
The late Sid Hosking was a World War II veteran and Fresno State journalism graduate who spent his entire career at the Visalia Times Delta. He eventually became a copy desk chief and is credited with helping hundreds of young journalists launch their careers. He died in the mid 1980s. This scholarship was established by his colleagues and friends and is awarded to a journalism major.

Roger Tatarian Journalism Grant

This grant is funded by a donation from Hubert “Rick” Richert in honor of Roger Tatarian. Richert and Tatarian were classmates at Fresno State in the late 1930s. Richert become a prominent businessman in the date industry in the Indio area. Tatarian rose to the top of United Press International and later spent 15 years as a member of the Fresno State journalism faculty. This scholarship has expanded with gifts from scores of Professor Tatarian's friends and former students. It is awarded to an entering freshman, transfer or enrolled student demonstrating an interest in journalism and preference is given to minority students.

Stanley Stemmer Beaubaire Memorial Grant
Stanley Stemmer Beaubaire was the publisher of The Hanford Sentinel. He was killed in an airplane crash on his way to a business meeting in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. The Beaubaire grants were established in his memory by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel M. Beaubaire. The grants are awarded annually to entering or enrolled MCJ students. Preference is given to students exhibiting financial need from Kings County, Calif.

The following scholarships are not awarded through the Fresno State Scholarship Application Process. (Please contact Prof. Hays at bhays@csufresno.edu for info.)

Wilks Broadcast-Fresno Scholarship 
This scholarship, established in 2011 by Wilks Broadcast-Fresno, LLC, is to support broadcast journalism students at Fresno State. Recipients must be undergraduate students majoring in broadcast media or communication and have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. Those awarded this scholarship are deemed Wilks Broadcast Scholars. 

John Reed King Advertising Scholarship 
Each year, the Fresno Advertising Federation provides scholarships to Fresno State students majoring in advertising, marketing and graphics arts. To date, the Ad Club has distributed more than $50,000 in scholarships to help train young advertising professionals.

The following scholarships are not available because they are not funded: 

James B. Tucker Print Journalism Scholarship 
This scholarship was created to honor the semi-retirement of Prof. Jim Tucker, who has taught print journalism at Fresno State since 1968. He served as chair of the Journalism Department from 1980-90 and was named the Outstanding Journalism Professor of the Year in 1996 by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. For the past 15 years Tucker has moderated and produced Valley Press, a weekly news interview program for Fresno public television station KVPT.

Jim Flanery Print Journalism Scholarship 
This scholarship was created in 2003 in honor of the retirement of Jim Flanery, the Department's first Roger Tatarian Endowed Chair of Professional Journalism. Flanery served as Tatarian Chair for five years following a 20+ year journalism career, most of it spent as a reporter and editor for the Omaha World-Herald. The Tatarian Chair post was Flanery's second stint as a Fresno State professor. He also taught at Fresno State from 1973-1977 before returning to newspaper work.

Fresno Bee Journalism Scholarship 
This scholarship was awarded annually from the mid-1970s - mid 2000s. It was funded by an annual grant from The Fresno Bee.

R. Dale Blair Scholarship 
R. Dale Blair was a copy editor of the Valley Desk of The Fresno Bee during the 1960s and 70s. He died in the late 1970s. This scholarship was established through donations from members of the Fresno Press Club.

Stanford Scholarship 
Bill Stanford began his career in newspaper journalism and later became one of the leading broadcast journalists in Fresno. He became station manager at KMJ radio in Fresno. The scholarship was established through donations from his friends and colleagues.

William E. Lockwood Memorial Scholarship 
William E. Lockwood spent most of his career at The Fresno Bee, eventually becoming the managing editor. He retired in approximately 1960. This scholarship was established by The Fresno Press Club, friends, and colleagues, and is awarded to a student majoring in journalism.

MCJ Annual Scholarship Reception

The Mass Communication and Journalism Department hosts an annual scholarship reception to honor the winners of MCJ scholarships. The event is held in the Fall semester on campus.

For more information about the scholarship reception, contact Prof. Betsy Hays, APR, MCJ Scholarship Committee Chair, at bhays@csufresno.edu.