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.
Three 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 10 weeks and pays $4,000. 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.
The deadline to apply for 2016 scholarships and internships is March 11, 2016. If you have questions about the scholarship or internship program, contact Jen Madden or call (803) 750-9561.
Meet the 2015-2016 SCPA Foundation Scholar
Meet the Mundy Scholar, Andrew Moore of USC
Andrew Moore has been named the Mundy Scholar. He will receive $3,000 to put toward his education.
Moore is majoring in journalism and minoring in English. Moore has an experienced background in media, interning at The Greer Citizen, Elevation Living Magazine and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, where he has worked as a freelance since 2014. He is also a staff writer for SceneSC.com.
Moore, a native of Landrum, says he is highly interested in multimedia journalism, as he also produces online video for media outlets and uses social media to share his stories.
“I love having the ability to tell a story through different mediums. Print allows me to transmit the factual aspects of the story, while video gives me the chance to emit the emotions. And whether it is done through print or video, the story is all that matters,” Moore said.
Meet the 2015 Foundation interns
This year the Foundation has awarded internships to four 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.
Thomas Gardiner, USC Aiken, Intern at The People-Sentinel
USC Aiken junior Thomas Gardiner was selected to intern at The People-Sentinel in Barnwell this summer. Gardiner is working on his BA in interdisciplinary studies for applied philosophy of journalism.
Gardiner spent nine years in the Marine Corps. He is currently the editor of his college newspaper, The Pacer Times. Gardiner is also involved with social media, communications and web editing projects with the Veteran and Military Success Center at USC Aiken.
“I am looking forward to new experiences in journalism and am very excited to be working in the community of Barnwell,” Gardiner said. “Working with new people will help me prepare for extended opportunities in the future. I don’t like the thought of another war, but if the occasion were to arise, I would love to have the chance to do some photojournalism as an embedded war correspondent."
Addie Lawrence, Wofford College, Intern at The Georgetown Times
Addie Lawrence has been selected to intern at The Georgetown Times this summer. Lawrence is a rising senior English and Philosophy double major at Wofford College in Spartanburg, where she writes news and editorial pieces for her college newspaper, The Old Gold & Black. She has interned in marketing and communications and currently works as both a writing and philosophy tutor. Lawrence takes special interest in creating feature stories.
“I feel that my internship at The Georgetown Times will provide me with invaluable practical experience,” says Lawrence. “I hope to improve my writing structure and learn more about the journalism world. I’m eager to challenge myself as a journalist.”
|Carolyn Rennix, Winthrop University, Intern at The Island Packet
Carolyn Rennix, a junior print journalism major and business administration minor at Winthrop University, has been chosen to intern at The Island Packet. A native of Beaufort, Rennix currently serves as the news editor and chief of staff of Winthrop ’s weekly student newspaper, The Johnsonian. She will also serve as editor-in-chief of The Johnsonian in the 2015-2016 academic year. Rennix is the cofounder and campus correspondent of Winthrop’s first online women’s magazine, Her Campus Winthrop, as well as a member on the Mass Communication Student Advisory Board.
“I am looking forward to becoming a feature news editor for a newspaper or magazine when I graduate,” Rennix said. “I hope to improve on my feature writing skills and also have the opportunity to report on hard news during my time with The Island Packet this summer.”
|Collyn Taylor, USC, Intern at The Sumter Item
Collyn Taylor will spend his summer interning at The Sumter Item. A Columbia native, Taylor is a sophomore journalism major and sports and entertainment management minor at the University of South Carolina.
Taylor has varied experience in all kinds of media including print, video, photography and social media. He interned at the University of South Carolina communications department, and he works for the Scholastic Press Office at USC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is also a reporter for Spurs and Feathers, the official publication of the Gamecock Club.
“I cannot wait to start working for The Item. I want to work for a local beat when I graduate, so I ‘m looking forward to seeing how local newspapers work,” Taylor said. “I know I am going to learn so much and I hope to improve my news writing skills over the summer.”
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.