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 Sean Ireland at 770-454-6776 or


GPEF Board of Trustees

Robert M. Williams Jr., chairman, retired, The Blackshear Times (2025)

Mesha Wind, vice chairman, The Cairo Messenger (2026)

Don Bailey, retired, The Macon Telegraph (2025)

Dr. Amanda Bright, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (2026)

Susan Catron, Catron Content Services (2026)

Eric Denty, The Press Sentinel, Jesup (2024)

Patrick Graham, GPA President, The Walton Tribune, Monroe

Rick Harris, retired, Norfolk Southern (2024)

Craig Heighton, Georgia Transmission Corp. (2025)

Jaillene Hunter, Georgia Press Association Executive Director

Kyle Wingfield, Georgia Public Policy Foundation (2024)