Joe Falls/Detroit News Memorial Scholarship in Journalism

After 58 years of covering the biggest and smallest names in athletics, the only name truly synonymous with Detroit sports was Joe Falls’ own. He started off as a copy boy at the Associated Press bureau in New York before transferring to Detroit in 1953, only to be hired in at The Detroit Times in 1956. He moved to the Detroit Free Press in 1960, and started as a sports columnist at the Detroit News in 1978. In the spring of 2004 he was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. This scholarship was set up to remember Falls and recipients must be undergraduates in the Journalism School who have reached at least junior status.


  • Junior status by the upcoming fall semester
  • Preference is given to students interested in pursuing sports writing and/or column writing