About the SCPA Foundation
The South Carolina Press Association Foundation encourages talented young people to enter the newspaper business and provides training and growth opportunities for working professionals. Click here to read more about the Foundation.

SCPA Foundation Scholarships and Internships

The Foundation's internship program provides a meaningful, hands-on training experience for students interested in news reporting, copy editing, photojournalism, advertising or visual communications. Our internship program
prepares students for careers at S.C. newspapers after they graduate... in fact many former interns now work
full-time for a S.C. newspaper.
Two or more interns are placed each summer at daily and weekly SCPA member newspapers, allowing students an invaluable real-world training experience. If selected as an intern, you would be placed at a newspaper near the area or areas you put on your application. We will place you in a good learning environment, but we cannot guarantee you placement at a particular newspaper. Newspapers are given interns on a rotating basis.
This is a paid internship. Each internship is eight weeks long and pays $3,200 ($400 per week). You do not have to sign up for school credit to have this internship. However, if you want, the internship would qualify for class credit at most schools.
Internships are open to student journalists who attend a four-year college in South Carolina or reside in South Carolina and attend a four-year college elsewhere. Rising juniors and seniors, and recent college graduates
are eligible to apply.

The Foundation also awards up to three scholarships each year to S.C. college students interested in pursuing newspaper careers. The premier scholarship, worth $3,000 per academic year, is named for the Foundation's first president, the late Frank R. Mundy of the Greenwood Index-Journal.
Scholarships are open to student journalists who attend a four-year college in South Carolina or who reside in South Carolina and attend a four-year college elsewhere. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

Find out more details and apply for an internship.

Find out more details and apply for a scholarship.

The deadline to apply for 2017 scholarships and internships is March 10, 2017. If you have questions about the scholarship or internship program, contact Jen Madden or call (803) 750-9561.

Meet the 2016-2017 SCPA Foundation Scholar

Meet the Mundy Scholar, Christopher Stiles of Anderson University
Anderson University rising senior Christopher Stiles has been named this year’s Mundy Scholar. He will receive $3,000 to put toward his education.
The Mundy Scholarship is given in memory of R. Frank Mundy, the late publisher of the Index-Journal in Greenwood and the first president of the SCPA Foundation.
Stiles, a Mullins native, is majoring in communications and digital media. He films games for online streaming and works as a public address announcer for Anderson University’s sports information department. His background in media includes freelancing for the Independent Mail, covering high school sports in the Anderson area. Stiles was also the sports editor for Anderson University’s student publication.
“I have already had some incredible experiences, and I am continuing to hone my skills through both my education and my hands-on learning as I strive to be the best journalist I can be,” Stiles said.

 

Meet the 2016 Foundation interns
This year the Foundation has awarded internships to two outstanding students that will help prepare them for careers in newspaper journalism when they graduate. Each internship is 10 weeks long and pays $4,000.

Kelsey Aylor, Wofford College, Intern at the Union County News
Wofford College sophomore Kelsey Aylor was selected to intern at the Union County News this summer. Aylor is a Spanish and Humanities double major with an English minor.
Aylor, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., is a staff writer for Wofford’s student publication, The Old Gold & Black. She is also an intern with the Wofford Office of Marketing and Communications.
“I am so excited for this opportunity to work with the Union County News because I know it will provide me with both professional and personal development,” Aylor said. “I know this experience will push me to be the best journalist possible and I can’t wait to see the ways in which I will improve.”

 

Jacob Crouse, Furman University, Intern at the Morning News
Jacob Crouse, a senior at Furman University, has been chosen to intern at the Morning News in Florence. Crouse will graduate in May with a B.A. in religion. He was accepted for graduate studies into the Columbia Journalism School with a data specialization.
A Cheraw native, Crouse said he didn’t find his passion as a journalist until the end of his sophomore year when he spent a summer reporting for The Link in Cheraw.
“Having worked only for weekly newspapers, I am delighted to be afforded the chance to work with a daily newspaper in my region,” Crouse said. “I expect my time with the Morning News to prepare me for a rigorous graduate school curriculum and the ever-changing landscape of news transmission.”

 

 

Invest in the future of our industry

The Foundation's internships and scholarships are provided by contributions from you! Your donation is critical. Over the past few years – which have been challenging financial times for all – donations to the Foundation have been significantly down, making it more difficult to fund our internship and scholarship program.
Support the Foundation's valuable work by sending your tax-deductible contribution today. A gift of any amount will make a difference to the future of the Palmetto State's newspaper industry.

To give, click here to make a secure credit card donation to the Foundation.

Smoak Scholarship Fund for newspaper professionals
The Smoak Scholarship Fund is now available through the S.C. Press Association Foundation to help newspaper professionals pursue business educational opportunities.  This award is presented in remembrance of Joseph M. Smoak, longtime vice president and general manager of The Evening Post Co. in Charleston. Smoak was president of the Press Association in 1991 and is remembered for his sharp newspaper business acumen. He died in 1993.

Rather than provide an annual scholarship to one or two individuals per year, the SCPA Foundation Board has created a plan that will allow for a larger number of people to receive educational assistance through the Smoak Scholarship Fund. This help can be for such things as tuition assistance, scholarships to business seminars or workshops, or other educational opportunities that may be available. 

This plan allows member newspapers, on behalf of current employees, to request one-time assistance for an employee who is pursuing additional education or training opportunities. Unlike the current scholarships awarded by the SCPA Foundation to aspiring journalists, and in keeping with Mr. Smoak’s background, all Smoak funds will be awarded only to students or professionals who are interested in the business aspects of the newspaper field. 

The Smoak fund now has sufficient assets to distribute up to $6,000 per year. Scholarship awards are not limited to a particular school or type of program, and the percentage of program costs covered will be dependent upon both the number of applicants requesting assistance and upon the perceived relevance of the program under consideration. Priority will be given to assist as many applicants as possible.

All member newspapers are eligible to request educational assistance from the Smoak fund.  To apply or for more information, contact Bill Rogers at brogers@scpress.org or call (803) 750-9561.