Ellen L. and Clyde L. Burton Endowed Scholarship in Journalism

Ellen L. Burton graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in political science and history. Following a distinguished career in journalism, she began teaching journalism at Olivet College and Michigan State University. Her MSU colleagues considered her an outstanding and dedicated instructor. Ellen retired from MSU in 1993 and passed away in 2001. Clyde L. Burton graduated from MSU with two degrees in Crop Science (BA in ‘50 and MS ’52) and a PhD in Botany and Plant Pathology (’60). Dr. Burton was a faculty member in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology from 1972 until he retired in 1989.


  • Recipients shall be selected on the basis of academic excellence and outstanding achievement in journalism.