Harold Vivian Scholarship

The Harold Vivian Scholarship was created to encourage and support students seeking a degree in Journalism. This scholarship will award 1 $1000 award for 4 years for a total of $4000.


1. Each recipient must be an incoming Freshman enrolled full-time at Winona State University (minimum of 12 credits each for Fall and Spring semesters)
2. Each first-time recipient must meet the top tier of the WSU Presidential Honor requirements: Top 5% of graduating class and an ACT 28 or SAT of 1260
3. Each recipient must be a declared major in Journalism.
4. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (4.0=A)


In 2010 John Vivian established the Harold Vivian Scholarship as an annual/endowed fund in the Winona State University Foundation. This Harold Vivian Scholarship agreement revises and replaces the original Harold Vivian Scholarship agreement established by John Vivian in 2010.

Harold Vivian operated a dam construction and mining business in Idaho for most of his career. Harold Vivian was connected to Winona State University through his son John, who served many years on the journalism faculty. Harold was an avid reader and held investigative reporting in high esteem. He valued both education and journalism, which makes this award a fitting tribute in his memory. He died in 2002. This award originally was created for a Winona State University senior in journalism for investigative reporting on business or commerce for a mass audience beyond the university’s campus, but has been renewed for a promising incoming freshman in Journalism.

College of Liberal Arts, Winona State University Foundation Scholarships