MAB Foundation Scholarship Program

The MABF awards scholarships to Universities, Colleges, and Trade schools in Michigan that have an approved broadcast related program. Schools receiving scholarships include:

  • Adrian College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Delta College
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Henry Ford College
  • Hope College
  • Lansing Community College
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • Specs Howard School of Media Arts
  • Spring Arbor University
  • University of Michigan
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University
Once the schools are chosen to receive the scholarships, each school’s broadcasting department faculty choose one deserving student from their program. The student must be enrolled in a broadcasting related program and be recommended by their faculty. The scholarships are good toward tuition and fees only. Students are strongly recommended to complete an internship with a member station during the year that they receive their scholarship. 

Named scholarships via the MAB Foundation Founders Club, in addition to MABF General Scholarships, include:

  • The Carl E. Lee Scholarship
  • The Charles D. Fritz Scholarship
  • WBKP-TV/WBUP-TV/WBKB-TV/WOLV-FM/WCCY-AM/WHKB-FM and The Marks Foundation, Inc. Scholarship (2)
  • Nancy Waters and Mark Waters Scholarship
  • Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship (via Larry Patrick) (4)
  • The Charles D. Mefford Scholarship
  • The Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship
  • The Gary A. Reid Scholarship
  • The James H. Quello Scholarship (via Karole White)
  • Leicinger-Biederman Scholarship (via Ross Biederman)
  • Alan W. Frank Scholarship
  • Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship

Each scholarship award is $1,000. For more information about these programs, please contact the MAB Foundation office at or 517-484-7444.

Station Sponsored Scholarship Program

2018 Participating Stations/Organizations:

  • Robert Race Broadcasting Scholarship Sponsored by the Stephen A. Marks Foundation and WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM, WFER-AM, and WIKB-FM
  • Midwest Communications Southern Michigan Broadcasting Scholarship
  • Scripps Howard Foundation-WXYZ-TV Scholarship


MABF and participating stations offer students attending Michigan based colleges, universities and trade schools and who are going into media based careers, the opportunity to earn a scholarship to help offset their educations costs.

Interested students need to send the following items directly to the MAB Foundation:

    • cover letter
    • resume
    • letters of recommendation
    • 200-300 word essay outlining their career goals
Application Deadline:   Check Back Soon for 2019 Information. 

Students should also specify which scholarship they are interested in applying for.  If applying for more than one of the listed station scholarships, please send a separate cover letter for each scholarship along with the additional copied of each required piece of information for each station scholarship.

MAB Foundation Station Scholarship Program
819 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906

or you can email your application:


MABF Offers Stations Assistance in Meeting EEO Requirements!

With the growing concern surrounding the FCC’s EEO Rules, the MAB Foundation has created a great
opportunity to assist MAB member stations in meeting these requirements. The following is a brief
description of an exciting new program that will give your station an easy and affordable avenue to
gain possible option A points and encourage the future of the broadcast work force at the same time.


How the MAB Foundation Station Sponsored Scholarship Program Works

The MAB Foundation Station Sponsored Scholarship Program is designed to allow individual member stations an opportunity to support one qualified college student interested in broadcasting as a career through an educational scholarship.

The station would choose the scholarship winner among pre-qualified candidates and the station may
also qualify for EEO credit through their participation.

The cost to participate in this program is $1,250 per student, per year. $1,000 will go to the student
and $250 will go to the MAB Foundation for administrative charges. Stations may participate in more
than one scholarship. This scholarship is given once a year.

We hope you will take advantage of this program offered by the MAB Foundation as it is available to 

you to assist your station in the new EEO requirements as well as to help preserve and advance the
broadcast industry in Michigan.

Please feel free to contact MAB Foundation at 517.484.7444 with any questions.

To sign up for this annual program, simply email MABF.

For more information on the FCC EEO rules and other resources to help your station meet the
requirements, visit the Member’s Only section of the MAB website.

Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship

Detroit radio legend Bill Burton passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 leaving the entire radio industry reeling at his loss.

Burton, who was 85, was a huge advocate for radio and, at his passing, was president and COO of Detroit Radio Advertising Group.   Famous for his catchphrase “Be Fabulous!,” he was known as a huge cheerleader for radio, frequently traveling the country promoting the industry and helping to keep it vibrant.

Radio’s biggest cheerleader once estimated that during his 30-year-plus career he had contributed about $300 million in radio sales.  This scholarship was created to honor Bill Burton and his lifetime of dedication to the broadcasting industry.

The MAB Foundation has established an ongoing competitive scholarship to be included in the annual Scholarship Program. Students pursuing a career in a broadcast or media related field are eligible to apply. Each scholarship award amount will be determined by the board of directors annually.

The purpose of this scholarship is to support and encourage future broadcast professionals. This scholarship will promote both classroom study and professional internship/extra-curricular experiences and will allow other candidates, not awarded through their school, to be considered.

Selection Criteria:
The recipients shall exhibit professional promise within the broadcast industry. Factors such as: creativity, leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance, and natural ability should be considered equally with the more traditional measures of academic performance. The applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, be enrolled in a broadcast or media related degree program at a Michigan college, university or trade school, and have achieved Junior standing.

Selection Process:
Each year, applicants not receiving another MAB Foundation scholarship may apply for one competitive scholarship to the MAB Foundation. The Education and Scholarship Committee will serve as the voting committee using the pre-determined rating system and will present the MAB Foundation board with their top candidate for ratification. The award will be presented at the Great Lakes Media Show each year. Students may only be awarded one scholarship per year through the MAB Foundation.

Application and supporting documentation shall include:
1. Resume
2. Letter of recommendation from the instructor or director of department
3. Other recommendations from internships, work, community, or extra-curricular activities
4. 200-word essay outlining “How Are You Going To Be Fabulous In Broadcasting?”
5. Copy of School Transcript

Application deadline: Check Back Soon for 2019 Information. 

Return to:

MAB Foundation Board Scholarship
819 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906

Scholarship Term:
Winners will be announced by the end of February. The award will be presented at the Great Lakes Media Show annually. The funds are to be used for academic tuition and fees only at the specified universities. All funds are to be spent within one year of presentation.

Voting Rating System:
Committee will use the following items to rate each candidate, using whole numbers to evaluate the applicant in the following areas on a scale of 1-8 (1=low, 8=high):
• Broadcast/Media Experience and Commitment to Broadcasting/Media
• Extra-Curricular and/or Community Activity
• Essay – quality of writing, clarity of expression, creativity in presentation
• Overall Evaluation – judges can give credit here for letters of recommendation, whether applicant followed application directions and/or answered essay questions.