Stan Soffin Scholarship

The longtime director of the J-School and retired MSU Ombudsman, Stan Soffin earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1964 (we do not hold that against him), a master's degree in Journalism from MSU in 1968 and his doctorate in American Studies from MSU in 1975. Soffin worked as a high school teacher, an instructor at School of Journalism, a reporter and an editor. After 16 years as director of the School of Journalism, Soffin was appointed as ombudsman  in 1998. He is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.


  • Journalism major or master's student who has completed at least 56 credits (including transfer credits) if an undergraduate student; or nine graduate-level credits at MSU if a graduate student
  • Met minimum requirements for full-time student status
  • Performed volunteer community service
  • Demonstrated potential talent and aptitude in journalism by earning at least a 3.0 in JRN 200 and 300
  • Graduate students with professional media experience are exempt from this latter criterion

Apply for this scholarship here.


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