Georgia Press Educational Foundation

The Georgia Press Educational Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation established in 1963 to provide financial assistance to students studying journalism at colleges and universities throughout the state.

Thanks to the Centennial Campaign in 1986, GPEF increaseed the sponsorship for foundation programs. Since GPEF began granting scholarships to students in 1966, the foundation has awarded in excess of $550,000. Since 1994, GPEF has provided more than 150 Georgia newspapers with grants to hire a paid summer intern through the Billy Watson Internship Program.

Scholarship applications for 2017 available now

Georgia Press Educational Foundation is excited to offer scholarships to Georgia residents attending a Georgia college or university and interested in studying newspaper journalism with the intent of entering a career in the field. High school seniors and college undergraduates may be considered. Financial need and recommendations of advisers, teachers, principals, counselors or Georgia Press Association members are among the factors taken into consideration when scholarship applications are reviewed by the GPEF board of trustees each spring. Applications are due to the GPEF office by March 1. Applications and supporting material should be sent to:

Georgia Press Educational Foundation, 3066 Mercer University Drive, Suite 200, Atlanta, Ga. 30341. They may also be sent to Sean Ireland at

Download a GPEF scholarship application for the 2017-2018 academic year here: scholarshipapp2017.

2016 Scholarship Awards

Lauren Booker, Georgia State University, Otis A. Brumby II Scholarship

Gabriel Burns, Valdosta State University, William C. Rogers Scholarship

Kevin Dawson, Valdosta State University, Charles Morris Scholarship

Lauren Moye, Georgia Tech, Durwood McAlister Scholarship

Brittany Rosette-Jones, Savannah State University, GPEF Scholarship

2017 Internship applications available now

Twelve newspapers used internship grants to hire interns during the summer of 2016. If your newspaper is interested in hosting an intern with help from a grant from GPEF, download an Internship host application here: internshiphostapp2017.

Applications are due March 1, 2017, and the board of trustees of GPEF will award grants at its annual meeting in early April.

If you are a student interested in a summer internship at a newspaper, download an application here: studentinternapp2017.

Applications are due March 1, 2017. Newspapers that are awarded GPEF grants will be sent your application. If you have a specific newspaper you would like to work with in the summer of 2017, contact them now to make sure they are applying for a grant through the GPEF internship program.

Thanks to these 2016 GPEF internship hosts for providing a great experience for their interns:

The Clayton Tribune

Monroe County Reporter, Forsyth

Lake Oconee News, Greensboro

The Press-Sentinel, Jesup

The Clinch County News, Homerville

Franklin County Citizen Leader, Lavonia

The Telegraph, Macon

Marietta Daily Journal

The Union-Recorder, Milledgeville

The Newnan Times-Herald

Rome News-Tribune

The Valdosta Daily Times




Susan Catron, chairman, Savannah Morning News

Rick Harris, vice chairman, Norfolk Southern Corp.

Don Bailey, GPA president, The Telegraph, Macon

Jason Cuevas, Georgia Power Co.

Sherrie Marshall, The Telegraph, Macon

Eric NeSmith, Community Newspapers Inc.

Tom Parker, Georgia Transmission Corp.

Robin Rhodes, Georgia Press Association

Carvy Snell, The Metter Advertiser

Bo Spalding, Jackson Spalding

Terri Statham, Georgia Electric Membership Corp.

Jim Wooten, retired, The Atlanta Journal