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.
The deadline to apply for 2018 scholarships and internships has closed. Applications will be available in the fall for 2019 scholarships and interships. If you have questions about the scholarship or internship program, contact Jen Madden or call (803) 750-9561.
Meet the 2018-2019 SCPA Foundation Mundy Scholar
|Ian Dyke, Bob Jones University
Ian Dyke, a senior English education major at Bob Jones University, was 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.
Dyke, son of Tim and Debra Dyke and a Front Royal, Va., native, is editor of The Collegian student newspaper at Bob Jones University. This summer Dyke will intern at a local newspaper copyediting and creating content. Dyke said his writing blends his interests in journalism and education, using his articles to teach his fellow students about writing and history. When he isn’t editing the paper, Dyke said he enjoys reading literature and philosophy. He has served as the community service representative for the Sigma Tau Alpha literary society and as a blood drive coordinator for the American Red Cross.
“I hope to continue to use my training in journalism not only this summer as a reporter but also into my future career,” Dyke said.” “I am grateful for the generosity of the SCPA in giving this award and for the support of my wonderful staff and Miss Betty Solomon, who’s been my mentor these past two years at The Collegian.”
Meet the 2018 Foundation interns
This year the Foundation awarded internships to three outstanding students that will help prepare them for careers in newspaper journalism after graduation. Each internship is eight weeks long and pays $3,200.
|T. Michael Boddie
University of South Carolina, Intern at The Island Packet
T. Michael Boddie, a multimedia journalism major and sport and entertainment management minor at USC, has been selected to intern with The Island Packet in Hilton Head Island this summer.
Boddie has been a news editor for The Daily Gamecock since 2016 and has served as editor-in-chief for USC’s International House blog. Boddie was SCPA's Collegiate Journalist of the Year in the over 5,000 division last year. He was a drummer in one of USC’s big bands for two years and plays soccer in his free time. He also served as a Resident Mentor at his residence hall in 2017.
"I love community journalism and want to ensure that it is done right for the sake of its consumers," Boddie said. "I hope to get up close and personal with a place that many people call home, and I know that The Island Packet will teach me to use and improve my writing and editing along the way."
Boddie is a Virginia native and the son of Timothy and Geulia Boddie.
University of South Carolina, Intern at The Sun News
Mary Ramsey, a multimedia journalism student at USC, will spend her summer interning with The Sun News in Myrtle Beach.
Ramsey is managing editor of The Daily Gamecock. She previously served as news editor and has covered a variety of events and issues from political protests to baseball.
Ramsey is a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha service sorority and serves as her chapter’s education chair and works to support causes including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Easterseals and Dance Marathon.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to hone my skills and grow my knowledge base this summer with The Sun News,” Ramsey said. “I know it will be a valuable and informative experience, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Ramsey is a Myrtle Beach native and longtime resident of Virginia Beach, Va. She is the daughter of Jasper and Pamela Ramsey.
Winthrop University, Intern at The Gaffney Ledger
Cheyenne Walsh, a mass communication major and photography minor at Winthrop, will intern with The Gaffney Ledger this summer.
Walsh serves as assistant news editor for The Johnsonian, having worked for the paper the past two years. She is also a staff writer for The Roddey McMillan Record, a monthly campus newspaper.
Walsh has previously interned at The Herald in Rock Hill and at LA Photography in Dublin, Ireland, during a study abroad semester in 2017.
“I am so excited and incredibly thankful for this opportunity to explore a new area of South Carolina through the eyes and words of a reporter at The Gaffney Ledger,” Walsh said. “I have always believed that journalists represent the truth, so I am ready to see how that view will be strengthened this summer in Gaffney.”
Walsh is an Atlanta native and is the daughter of Sean and Bonnie Walsh.
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.