Georgia Press Educational Foundation

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

Since GPEF began granting scholarships to students in 1966, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $650,000 and provided more than 150 Georgia newspapers grants to hire a paid summer intern through the Billy Watson Internship Program.

Today, the program continues to offer eight-week internship grants to newspapers to hire students interested in any phase of newspaper production, including advertising, editorial, circulation/marketing, online publishing and pre-press production.

Are you interested in a scholarship or an internship?

Are you a Georgia newspaper interested in hosting a student with the help of an internship grant from GPEF?

Click here to learn more about scholarship requirements, availability and to download applications for either a scholarship or an internship funds by GPEF.

Questions? Contact Sharon Dowdy at 770-468-3558 or


GPEF Board of Trustees

Eric Denty, Chairman, The Press Sentinel

Alan NeSmith, GPA President,

The Northeast Georgian

Don Bailey, retired, The Macon Telegraph

Susan Catron, Catron Content Services

Rick Harris, retired, Norfolk Southern

Craig Heighton, Georgia Transmission Corp.

Beth Neely, The Newnan Times-Herald

Robin Rhodes, Georgia Press Association

Terri Statham, Georgia Electric

Membership Corp.

Roy Stowe, Jackson Electric

Membership Corp.

Robert Williams, retired,

The Blackshear Times

Mesha Wind, The Cairo Messenger

Kyle Wingfield, KW Creative