Scholarship established in honor of Dusty Rhodes

Posted on: January 11, 2011

Dusty Rhodes waives to the crowd as he is honored at a commencement ceremony.MSU alumnus. Radio Broadcaster. President of the United Press International Television News. Food connoisseur and restaurateur.  These are just a few of the hats that the late Clarence “Dusty” Rhodes wore. For his five children, most importantly, he was “Dad."  To honor their father’s legacy, Martha Rhodes Bashore, Beth Rhodes, Jane Rhodes-Wolfe, Dan Rhodes and Matt Rhodes have established the endowed Dusty Rhodes Scholarship in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for Michigan high school graduates who wish to pursue a career in radio, newspaper or TV news.

Dusty’s children felt a scholarship would be the best way to commemorate their father, as it pays homage to his affection for all things SPARTAN, his belief in the importance of a college education and his love of radio, television and news.

Dusty Rhodes began his career in broadcasting in 1948 at MSU’s WKAR. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in speech and theater. Dusty went on to enjoy a long career in radio, including several years announcing MSU sports, both on-air and at Spartan Stadium. His career evolved to include television, newspaper and international television news when he was named president of United Press International Television News (UPITN). He switched gears in the 1980s and founded Elysee Boulangerie, Dusty’s Cellar and Dusty’s Wine Bar in Okemos, as well as Dusty’s English Inn in Eaton Rapids.

To give online to the Dusty Rhodes Scholarship Fund, visit

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