This annual scholarship is awarded in the honor of Robert E. (Rip) Godfrey. Mr. Godfrey graduated from Michigan State in 1947 after playing football and serving as vice president of Phi Kappa Tau. He also belonged to the speech majors, football and Varsity Club. Mr. Godfrey's career as a journalist spanned 33 years. He worked as a radio and television reporter/editor as well as in radio station management.
- GPA of at least 3.0
- Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and a desire and willingness to participate in extracurricular activities
- The scholarship may be awarded to an entering freshman providing the recipient has maintained at least a 3.0 GPA throughout high school
- Upper-class students may also receive the scholarship if they have achieved and maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their general and degree program curriculum
- All applicants must present a paper of approximately 500 words about what they want to do in journalism when they graduate and why.