Mary Gardner Endowment Scholarships in Journalism

Mary Gardner Top Scholar Scholarship: Mary Gardner Scholars are selected for their journalism professional and academic excellence. The Top Scholar Scholarship is awarded to the highest GPA Mary Gardner Scholar with junior status at the time of the award.

Professor Mary Gardner joined the journalism faculty in 1966 where she became the first woman faculty member with tenure. She retired from MSU in 1991 after a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar. In addition to mentoring hundreds of students at MSU and the University of Texas at Austin, Professor Gardner served as the first woman president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Gardner also contributed to the development of an independent press system in Mexico and spent every summer for 20 years running a summer journalism workshop for El Norte, a newspaper in Monterrey, Mexico.


  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Journalism major
  • 90 credits or junior status
  • Preference to students who have either The State News or other professional experience/internship