The MPA Education Foundation was established in 1983 to help foster journalism education at in-state colleges and universities, as well as provide internships and scholarships for Mississippi journalism students. Click here to download an MPAEF brochure and donation form.
Grants for Services
State institutions of higher learning apply for grants up to $15,000 for resources to enhance their journalism programs in return for services and workshops offered to students and working journalists. Download a cover letter explaining the criteria and process for application.
Three scholarships, currently underwritten by Cellular South, are available each year to students majoring in journalism; $500 per semester, up to $4,000, if continued until B.S. degree is completed. Prospective applicants should contact Foundation Coordinator Beth Boone for more information.
To provide students with a hands-on experience in print journalism, a stipend of $135 per week is provided to approved interns to help offset housing or use toward tuition, in addition to receiving at least minimum wage from the state newspaper providing the work experience. Internship applications for 2015 will be accepted beginning in April.
Funding provided by the family of longtime journalist and artist O.C. McDavid in his memory, the conference is held each spring to engage college students in an all-day conference emphasizing journalism, coverage of lifestyles and the arts.
Held each spring, student papers compete in the Better Newspaper Contest by submitting entries from their work during the past year. Awards are presented at the O.C. McDavid Conference. Click here to see a list of winners from recent contests.
Workshops on a variety of topics in different regions of the state are provided in the spring and fall as a benefit from the Grants for Services program. Topics range from seminars for beginning reporters to digital photography or Quark, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign and other classes.
Overby Boot Camp
Held annually for high school journalism teachers, funded by the Charles and Andrea Overby Journalism Fund. For the last five years, the camp has been administered by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association on the campus of the University of Mississippi at Oxford.
Held in conjunction with MPA’s annual summer convention, this event offers donated items for auction by written bid. Proceeds are used for interships and other projects in support of journalism education in Mississippi.
Held in conjunction with the MPA’s Mid-Winter Conference, it’s an evening of laughter and entertainment as a noted Mississippian is “roasted” by peers, family and friends. Past “roastees” have included Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, Gov. Haley Barbour, columnist Sid Salter, and retired Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery. Proceeds are used for internships and other projects in support of journalism education in Mississippi. Click here to see a full list of "Roastees."
Beth Boone, Foundation Coordinator
MPA Education Foundation