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About the MPA Foundation
Five students from the original universities in the program are designated Richard and Donna Milliman Community Journalism Scholars honoring the Foundation's co-founding president and his late wife.
The Foundation’s summer Match Intern Program pairs graduating high school seniors and community college students with MPA member organizations. At the end of the paid internship, students receive a scholarship co-funded by the Foundation and the hiring newspaper. Since 1999, the Foundation has paid out more than $79,000. Garret Ellison, MLive/Grand Rapids, interned at the Traverse City Record-Eagle; Robbie Sgro, also with MLive/Grand Rapids, spent two summers at the Big Rapids Pioneer.
Another Foundation/MPA partnership includes the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. Teachers and news advisers spend four or six weeks at state news organizations, writing, editing (and being edited), shooting pictures, producing web content. This “summer school boot camp” brings value to newsrooms and enables teachers to return to the classrooms with insight into the evolving news profession. The Foundation also awards tuition scholarships to middle and high school students to attend MIPA’s week-long summer workshop at MSU.
The Foundation’s largest fundraising events are a spring golf benefit and an auction, part of MPA’s winter convention. Legacy bequests, memorial gifts and honorariums also help fund Foundation initiatives. Generous support comes from MPA and MNI members, associate members, vendors and friends of Michigan journalism. Your help creates life-changing opportunities for those who will sustain Michigan’s news profession.
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