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
Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships and internships to S.C. college students. The Foundation's internship program provides a meaningful, hands-on training experience for students interested in print journalism. Our internship program prepares students for careers at S.C. newspapers after they graduate.
Three or more interns are placed each summer at daily and weekly member newspapers, allowing students invaluable real-world training experience. Each internship is 10 weeks and pays $4,000. Internships are open to S.C. college students studying journalism, advertising, or visual communications. Rising juniors and seniors, and recent college graduates are eligible to apply.
The Foundation also awards up to three scholarships each year to rising college juniors and seniors interested in pursuing newspaper careers. The premier scholarship, for $3,000, is named for the Foundation's first president, the late Frank R. Mundy of the Greenwood Index-Journal.
The deadline to apply for 2014 internships and scholarships has passed. Information for 2015 internships and scholarships will be available in the fall.
Meet the 2013-2014 SCPA Foundation Scholars and Interns
Meet the Mundy Scholar
As the 2013 Mundy Scholar, Shamira McCray will receive $3,000 to put toward her education at Winthrop. 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.
McCray is a native of Lynchburg and is a rising senior mass communication major. She is currently the news editor of The Johnsonian, Winthrop’s student newspaper.
Also at Winthrop, she is the secretary of the university’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. After graduation, Shamira plans to begin a career in journalism and work hard to fulfill her passion as a writer.
“Writing is one of the best ways I am able to express myself and communicate. Mixing that with my love of news would make the perfect job,” McCray said. “After serving as the news editor for The Johnsonian and interning at the News & Reporter, I have been assured that a job in journalism is for me.”
The internship program promotes the value of working at newspapers in the Palmetto State and benefits students as they begin their professional careers.
Meet the interns
Amanda Coyne, USC
Amanda Coyne was selected to intern at The State in Columbia. She is a political science major and journalism minor at USC.
Coyne, a New York native, is also serving as the summer editor-in-chief of USC's campus newspaper, The Daily Gamecock. She has worked as a photographer and government and schools reporter for her hometown paper, the Warwick Valley Dispatch, which is still printed on its own in-house mechanical press.
"My dream is to report on government, politics and crime for a major metro daily when I graduate, and I know my internship at The State is a great, solid step towards that," Coyne said. "I look forward to covering the city that I have already adopted as my new home in more depth and working with the reporters and editors I've always respected. I hope to take my experiences covering Columbia for The State and use them to expand The Daily Gamecock's city coverage."
Sydney Patterson, USC
USC rising senior journalism student Sydney Patterson's editing internship with the Morning News in Florence will be her first with a professional news organization, and she's excited to get started.
"Editing is what I'm most passionate about, and I can't wait to spend the summer working in my ideal job," Patterson said. "I also hope to get involved with the Morning News' website and video production, so I'm excited about that, too."
Patterson is from Lancaster and has worked for The Daily Gamecock since the first week of her freshman year. She will be Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Gamecock in the fall.
David Thackham, a rising senior journalism major at Winthrop University, will spend his summer reporting for the Fort Mill Times. Thackham, of Walhalla, has served with Winthrop’s student newspaper, The Johnsonian, for three years. He has a strong background in sports reporting, as well as feature stories, skills he developed during his first internship at The (Seneca) Journal. After studying abroad in Ireland for the past semester, Thackham will return to The Johnsonian this fall as sports editor. He served as news editor in 2012.
Thackham has freelanced with The Herald in Rock Hill and completed a series of feature stories connecting with the lives of former Clemson University athletes in honor of their Hall of Fame induction.
“An internship with the Fort Mill Times is a brilliant opportunity to hone my reporting skills and solidify my passion for journalism,” Thackham said. “My goal is to work with a well-respected newspaper after graduation and the Times will give me the experience I need to be ready for that chance.”
After the summer is over, SCPA will update you on each of the intern's experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 750-9561.