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 scholarships and internships is March 9, 2018. If you have questions about the scholarship or internship program, contact Jen Madden or call (803) 750-9561.
Meet the 2017-2018 SCPA Foundation Scholar
Meet the Mundy Scholar, Carson Mason of the University of South Carolina
Carson Mason, a junior journalism student at USC, was named this year’s Mundy Scholar. She will receive $3,000 to put toward her education.
Mason, an Oak Ridge, N.C. native, is pursuing a career in sports journalism. She regularly covers USC football, basketball, soccer and baseball for The State and interns for the S.C. Radio Network. She also serves as assistant sports editor of The Daily Gamecock and has interned with the USC Athletic Department's production studio, Gamecock Productions and the National Sports Media Association. This summer she will intern for MLB.com as an associate beat reporter covering the Milwaukee Brewers.
Mason said she is honored to be selected as the Mundy Scholar.
“My career goal is to be a beat reporter covering a college or professional sports team,” Mason said. “This scholarship will greatly contribute to my education and I’d like to thank the Board of Directors for naming me as the Mundy scholar.”
Meet the 2017 Foundation interns
This year the Foundation has awarded internships to three outstanding students that will help prepare them for careers in newspaper journalism when they graduate. Each internship is 8 weeks long and pays $3,200.
Debbie Clark, University of South Carolina, Intern at The Post and Courier
Deborah Clark, a third-year multimedia journalism student with a minor in English at USC, will spend her summer in Charleston with The Post and Courier.
Clark was the copy editor for her high school paper, Wando’s The Tribal Tribune, and worked her way through the copy desk ranks to copy desk chief at The Daily Gamecock at USC.
As a freelance journalist, Clark has been published in the Free Times and The Post and Courier. She's also a member of The Carolina Band.
“What keeps me interested in journalism is its focus on storytelling,” Clark said. “As a reporter, I hope to tell interesting stories about interesting people, and as a copy editor, I hope to make those stories as accurate as possible. I look forward to learning from and honing my skills at The Post and Courier this summer.”
Born in Atlanta but raised just outside of Charleston, Clark is the daughter of Marjorie and Donald Clark.
Kali Coleman, Winthrop University, Intern at Carolina Gateway
Kali Coleman, a mass communication major with a concentration in print journalism at Winthrop University, will spend her summer with the Carolina Gateway in Lancaster.
Coleman, a junior, is currently the editor-in-chief of Winthrop’s weekly student newspaper, The Johnsonian. She has also been involved in Winthrop’s chapter of Her Campus and Society of Professional Journalists.
Coleman said her main goal is to learn.
“I always want to continuously grow my experience in media, especially in print,” Coleman said. “I’m so excited to get to intern with Carolina Gateway this summer so I can further my knowledge and experience.”
Coleman is a native of Graniteville, South Carolina, and the daughter of Tiffany and Robert Coleman.
Anjali Patel, University of South Carolina, Intern at the Hearld-Journal
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Anjali Patel, a broadcast journalism and political science double major at USC, will intern with the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg.
Patel previously served as a sportswriter for The Daily Gamecock at USC. She’s also interned with The Greenville Journal.
Patel has served as public relations director of her service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, this semester, and as education chair of the Indian Cultural Exchange.
Patel said she’s heard that the new generation of broadcasters don’t know how to write.
“I am excited to learn everything I can from working at the Herald-Journal this summer, so that my future employers will hopefully never say the same of me.”
Patel is a native of Simpsonville, S.C., and the daughter of Himesh and Utpala Patel.
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.
Please consider giving a one-time gift online using the secure payment portal below. Or mail a check to the SCPA Foundation at 106 Outlet Pointe Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210. Contact Jen Madden if you have questions or would like to set up an automatic monthly deduction.
| 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 750-9561.