Educational Foundation

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.  The Foundation traditionally funds $50,000 in scholarships and grants each year to state broadcast education programs.

SCBA Foundation Board

Request for Scholarships

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 on May 31st and August 31st each year.

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

The SCBA Educational Foundation Board meets each Fall to review proposals, and 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 contact the SCBA office at (803) 732-1186 or

The following schools received scholarships for the 2020 school year:

  • Anderson University
  • Bob Jones University
  • Claflin College
  • Clemson University
  • Francis Marion University
  • Furman University
  • North Greenville University
  • SC State University
  • Tri-County Technical College
  • Trident Technical College
  • University of South Carolina
  • Winthrop University

USC Scholarships

South Carolina Broadcasters Educational Foundation Scholarship

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students majoring in broadcasting in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina – Columbia.

JUDGING: Applicants will be selected on the basis of:

  • Academic Performance
  • Financial Need
  • Current Involvement in Collegiate and
  • Professional Broadcasting Activities
  • School and Community Involvement

There will be five scholarships awarded for the 2020/21 school year.

Applications are available via this link

Please contact the SCBA at 803-732-1186 or for additional information.


Fellows Program

To insure the continued growth of our Educational Foundation and to further broaden the educational programs it can support, SCBA has created a Fellows Program that allows individuals to make personal contributions to the Foundation. Fellows’ donations are structured as follows and may be a one-time contribution paid in full or may be spread in self-directed payments over a designated number of months or years:

  • Gold Level - $10,000
  • Silver Level - $5,000
  • Bronze Level - $1,000

Once each of the above levels is reached, the donor receives a framed medallion in the corresponding metal along with a Fellows certificate in a preservation folder.

All Fellows are recognized at both the STAR Awards and Winter Convention and new Fellows are presented with their framed award and certificate.


The Fellows Program of the SCBA Educational Program

One of the most important things we can do to assure the continued growth and vigor of our industry is to invest in the education of tomorrow’s broadcasters.  Join your colleagues and support South Carolina broadcast students with a tax-exempt gift to the Fellows program.


John George - $13,600
Wally Mullinax - $11,510*


GOLD LEVEL – $10,000
Dave McAtee
Harold Miller
SC Army National Guard
Richard Uray*


Jim Keelor - $9,000
Billy Huggins - $8,500
Allan Miller - $7,000
Manning Kimmel - $6,500
Mike Hayes - $6,000
Jim Sefert - $6,000*
Jim Yager - $5,500



Dean Pearce - $3,750 Diane Bagwell - $2,000 Lee Brown - $1,500
Jane Pigg - $3,000 Jay Bender - $2,000 Matt Sedota - $1,400
John Cottingham - $2,600 Phil Lane - $2,000 Jim Bleicher - $1,200
Rich O’Dell - $2,500 Joe Pinner - $2,000 Mel Stebbins - $1,200*
Margaret Wallace - $2,350 Betty Roper - $2,000* Dave Aiken - $1,100
Steve Sinicropi - $2,250 Ron Loewen - $1,500* Chris Bailey - $1,100
Gigi South - $2,200 Shani White - $1,500 Rigby Wilson - $1,100



Susan Aude Lou Kirchen Doug Smith
Barry Brown Dick Laughridge T. Frank Smith, Jr.*
Norvin Duncan* George Lyons Alex Snipe
Monty Du Puy* Scott McBride John Soapes
Guy Hempel Bill McElveen Libby Spencer
Ron Hill Moody McElveen* Suzanne Teagle
Haney Howell Chris Miller Donita Todd
John Humphries Mary Margaret Nelms Jack West*
Jan Jeffcoat Rick Prusator/Kathy Ptasnik Chris Woodson
Scott Johnson Lyle Schulze



Bill McMartin




How Can I Become a SCBA Fellow?

Simply complete the Donor Form indicating your chosen contribution level and preferred payment schedule. SEND NO MONEY NOW. Upon receipt of your completed form, the SCBA office will forward a confirmation letter along with an invoice for the appropriate amount. Donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, contact the SCBA office by phone at (803) 732-1186 or by email at