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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The Valdosta Daily Times
GPEF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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