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John T. Hoffland Memorial Scholarship

John T. Hoffland(contingent upon funding)

In order to be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a continuing junior or senior Journalism major

  • Have applied for a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the FAFSA must indicate financial need

  • Have a total cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0

John T. Hoffland had an outstanding leadership career in broadcast journalism.  He was the News Director at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire for over 24 years.  John worked with numerous University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire interns and mentored many undergraduates and new employees to become dedicated broadcast journalists.  He encouraged all of them to develop their curiosity and presence including their speech/vocal articulation.  They now work in newsrooms and leadership positions in television and radio stations across the United States.  John’s passion was for professional, objective, and substantial journalism with an attention for accurate detail and he demanded that from all whom he trained, mentored, and supervised.  John was a masterful storyteller.  The John T. Hoffland Memorial Broadcast Journalism Scholarship, first awarded in spring 2010, is supported by business and professional associates and WEAU-TV watchers, as well as his wife Penny, son Lukas, and many friends after John’s death on July 4, 2009.