Thomas A. Muth, Sr. Endowed Fund in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Fall 2007

Scholarship Fund Description:
This endowed fund is established by Tom Muth's former students, colleagues, and friends in celebration of more than 30 years of teaching, research and service to Michigan State University and the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. Tom has been an inspiration to undergraduate and graduate students alike, providing academic guidance and career advice to many grateful former students. His mix of legal acumen and communication scholarship, coupled with an innovative teaching style that challenged students to explore the complex policy issues raised by modern communication and information technologies has made Tom one of MSU's most beloved professors. He has received excellence in teaching awards from the Golden Key National Honor Society and Michigan State University, and a leadership award from the Lansing Chamber of Commerce. Tom helped to found ASCOT, a student organization that focuses on preparing students for careers in the communications industries, and served as its faculty advisor. He has initiated many projects that directly connected students with industry and with communities in the state. He has been a sought-after consultant in the state, providing advice to both city and state government in matters relating to telecommunications policy. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Muth served as interim chair of the Department of Telecommunication, as it was known at the time form 1996 to 1999.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Worthy and capable student at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences' Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media
  • An undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
  • Preference shall be given to students that:
  • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the federal government, according to its policies and procedures
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4 point scale)
  • Participate in activities that enhance career opportunities (e.g. networking events, internships, professional association memberships, attending professional conferences)

Additional Funding Notes:
Funds may be used for undergraduate and graduate student scholarships, technology and equipment upgrades for teaching and research that benefit students, and to support ASCOT (Associated Students for Career Orientation in Telecommunication) activities, or for any emerging needs that have a direct positive impact on the student experience, all in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.

Technology and equipment upgrades that benefit students: faculty within TISM may submit proposals to the department chair for technology and equipment upgrades that enhance the student experience. Proposals should demonstrate how students will utilize or be directly impacted by the use of the new technology or equipment purchases.

Support ASCOT: Members of ASCOT, with the endorsement of the faculty advisor, may submit project proposals to the department chair to assist ASCOT in its activities that provide career and professional development opportunities for students.

Emerging needs: Flexibility exists to use expendable amounts for future needs of the TISM department that will have a direct and positive impact on the student experience.

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