Smoak Scholarship Fund for newspaper professionals: Up to $6,000

This plan allows member newspapers, on behalf of current employees, to request one-time assistance for an employee who is pursuing additional education or training opportunities. Unlike the current scholarships awarded by the SCPA Foundation to aspiring journalists, and in keeping with Mr. Smoak’s background, all Smoak funds will be awarded only to students or professionals who are interested in the business aspects of the newspaper field. 

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program: $60,000 over 3 years

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

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Clemson’s Challenge for Academically Talented Students (C-CATS): 9th-10th Graders

Clemson’s Challenge for Academically Talented Students (C-CATS) recruits top students from SC, NC and GA to participate in high-powered weekend retreats. Through team-building and academic sessions, students gain leadership skills, make lasting friendships, and improve their ability to think clearly and perform under pressure, all while having the time of their lives.

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College Prep Scholars: 11th Grade

Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities. 

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Clemson STEM - ALL IN Graduate Education Program

STEM – ALL IN is a collaborative program between Clemson University's College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences and the College of Science to raise awareness of graduate education in the STEM fields. The program is designed to bring the best and brightest underrepresented students on campus and encourage them to pursue a graduate degree at Clemson.

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