S.C. Press Association 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.

Internships and Scholarships

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. Each summer, two or more interns are placed at SCPA member newspapers allowing students an invaluable real-world training experience. 

The Foundation also awards its premier scholarship each year to a S.C. college student interested in pursuing a newspaper career. The Mundy Scholarship, worth $1,000 per academic year, is named for the Foundation’s first president, the late Frank R. Mundy of the Greenwood Index-Journal.

Meet our Foundation interns and scholar and find out how to apply!

Smoak Fund

The Smoak Fund 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. The SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund helps support various SCPA training events throughout the year, including top-notch Annual Meeting speakers and revenue-focused events. Individuals can also apply for educational assistance through the Smoak Scholarship Fund.  This help can be for such things as business education tuition assistance, scholarships to business seminars or workshops, or other business education opportunities that may be available.  For more information, contact Jen Madden.


Earn Your Press Pass

The South Carolina Press Association Foundation is excited to offer “Earn Your Press Pass.” Thanks to funding from the Foundation, this self-paced online training course is now available to all SCPA members at no charge. This training will be especially helpful for early-career journalists, collegiate journalists, freelancers and employees with limited journalism training or experience.
Training topics include newspaper basics, interviewing and reporting skills, sourcing considerations, news judgment, headline and cutline writing, AP Style, copy editing and basic photography. Members who complete the entire course will receive a Certificate of Completion.
If you have a reporter who could benefit from this training, please sign up!

Meet our Board

Harry Logan, President
Morning News, Retired
Columbia, SC

Laura McKenzie, Vice President
The People-Sentinel, Retired
Garnett, SC

Vickey Boyd
Moultrie News, Retired
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Butch Hughes
Independent Mail, Retired
Anderson, SC

Meg Kinnard
The Associated Press
Columbia, SC

Trisha O’Connor
The Sun News, Retired
Myrtle Beach, SC

Ellen Priest
Aiken Standard, Retired
Summerville, SC

Larry Tarleton
The Post and Courier, Retired
Charleston, SC

Jen Madden, Secretary
S.C. Press Association Foundation
(803) 750-9561