SCBA Educational Foundation

The SCBA Educational Foundation, established in 1982, provides grants, scholarships and endowments for colleges, technical colleges and universities in the state that offer broadcast training.  The Foundation established an endowment in 2004 with a one million dollar target and in 2008 reached that goal.  Now the scholarship program will continue in perpetuity.  Traditionally, the Foundation funds approximately $50,000 in scholarships and grants each year to state broadcast education programs.

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Reporting Workshop

for Rising Stars


LOCATION: The Poynter Institute


The secret to success isn’t getting to the biggest newsroom; it’s creating the career you want where you are.

The best reporters have a distinct style that not only earns praise, but moves the audience to engage and creates change. In a 24/7 news cycle, standing out is a particularly incredible feat.

Poynter’s new workshop is designed to mentor early-career journalists in a small-group setting to unlock their superstar potential. Participants will grow as investigators and storytellers, and learn how to better manage their personal brand and navigate their career.

Applicants must be nominated by a News Director or an editor to be considered—and should agree to stay in their current newsroom for at least a year after the workshop.

Like all Poynter training, this workshop will be off-the-record to encourage honest, candid conversation and meaningful connections. Participants will leave with a new cohort to help them achieve success beyond the four-day training.

Program details

This intensive four-day workshop is an investment in journalists with great potential during a time when newsrooms have fewer resources than ever before. Sessions will be devoted to the development of both career and craft. Participants will learn how to thrive in the newsroom by focusing on relationships, culture and communication. They’ll reflect on their own learning and working styles and will be coached on how to build allies and seek opportunities to propel their growth. Through expert one-on-one coaching, they will also gain skills to excel as reporters, writers and original thinkers.

What you will learn


  • Insights into your personality type and communication preferences
  • A framework for defining — and refining — your career objectives
  • Where to find funding for big projects and manage budgets
  • What makes a good mentee and how to mentor your peers
  • Strategies to improve your relationship with your editor
  • How to navigate newsroom culture
  • Advice from fellow journalists on managing life outside of work


  • How to infuse your stories with originality and polish your prose
  • How to balance personality and objectivity in your writing
  • Investigative reporting basics
  • Envision great reporting, both large projects and daily stories
  • Develop sources and manage your material
  • Understand story structures
  • Get the most traction with your successful reporting projects


The tuition is $1,150. Travel to and from St. Petersburg and your hotel is on your own. ******SCBA will award one $2,000 scholarship in 2019!

Who should apply

  • Rising star reporters who want to fast-track their career development by growing in their current newsroom
  • Editors who want to retain their top talent
  • Local newsrooms that need to capitalize on the resources they have




Each year, the SCBA Educational Foundation accepts proposals for funding from colleges and universities in our state which offer broadcast or communications training. The Foundation accepts proposals for grants, endowments, or scholarships. Please note, funding is not provided for capital items, and scholarship requests receive the highest consideration. Funds are distributed between January 1 and December 31 of the following year.

Proposals must be submitted no later than August 31st.  Please email the completed proposal to PaulaThayer at paula@scba.net.


The SCBA Educational Foundation Board will meet in September to review proposals, and those schools approved for funding will be notified in writing no later than October 31st.

If you are interested in submitting a request for funding, please submit a formal proposal that specifically outlines your request. Listed below are a few guidelines to follow when preparing your proposal. In most cases, two or three pages are sufficient for your proposal but feel free to submit as many pages as necessary.

I. Grant Request:  Amount being requested
II. Purpose of Grant:  How funds will be used
III. Rationale for Request:  Why funds are needed
IV. Administration of Grant:  How will available funds be publicized to students and how will they be administered
V. Program Information:  Specific information on your broadcast or communications program including what careers it prepares students for, degrees offered, etc.  Please provide statistics on the number of students hired in broadcast inside and outside the state upon graduation.
VI. Contact Information:  Who is submitting the proposal
VII. Collateral Materials:  Additional materials that you feel necessary to support any of the above


South Carolina Broadcaster’s Educational Foundation Awards

$50,000 in Scholarships to SC Schools



COLUMBIA, SC -- The South Carolina Broadcasters Association’s (SCBA) Educational Foundation announced that it has awarded $49,500 in scholarships to eleven schools in South Carolina.


The SCBA Educational Foundation, established in 1982, provides grants, scholarships and endowments for South Carolina colleges, technical colleges and universities that offer a curriculum in broadcast training.  The Foundation established an endowment in 2004 with a one million dollar target and in 2008 reached that goal.  The scholarship program will continue in perpetuity. 


The schools receiving scholarships for 2019 are: Bob Jones University, Claflin University, Clemson University, Francis Marion University, Furman University, North Greenville University, South Carolina State University, Tri-County Technical College, Trident Technical College, University of South Carolina and Winthrop University.


Each year the SCBA Educational Foundation accepts proposals for funding from colleges and universities in South Carolina which offer broadcast or communications training. Funding is not provided for capital items or internships. Funds are distributed in May and August of the following year.


“We are proud to support the good work of these South Carolina schools through these annual scholarships” said SCBA Educational Foundation President Steve Sinicropi.  “We believe that by investing in their education today, we will have qualified broadcasters to hire tomorrow.”


For more information, please contact SCBA paula@scba.net at or call (803) 732-1186.




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