2018 scholarship competition

The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) is pleased to announce its 2018 college scholarship competition.

RTDNAC will award two $1,500 scholarships in February 2018 to two currently-enrolled rising juniors or seniors who are pursuing a major course of study with emphasis in broadcast and/or digital journalism.

A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student attending a college or university in North Carolina, and another $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student enrolled in a college or university in South Carolina.

The scholarships are made possible by Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL, Hearst Television, Inc./WYFF 4 and the RTDNAC Board of Directors.

To Apply

There is no formal application form. To be eligible for consideration an application must contain:

  • Name of applicant
  • Year in school
  • Home and school addresses of applicant, and telephone numbers
  • College major
  • College honors, offices and activities
  • High school attended and any honors, offices and activities
  • Any other accomplishments or information the applicant would like to provide
  • A statement (one-page minimum) signed by the applicant, describing how the scholarship would contribute to the applicant's career goals
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least two references. Recommendation letters from each of the references should be sent under separate cover directly to the Scholarship Chair.
  • A certified copy of the applicant's latest college transcript should be sent under separate cover directly to the Scholarship Chair.

Completed applications must be received no later than Jan. 31, 2018.

Send to:

Pete Poore, RTDNAC Scholarship Chairman
Office of Communications
SC Dept. of Transportation
955 Park St., P.O. Box 191
Columbia, SC 29202

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RTDNAC awards 2017 scholarships

The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) proudly presented two scholarships during its annual workshop for college students on February 11.

Savannah Thompson from UNC-Pembroke and Zuri Anderson from Winthrop University won the 2017 Dr. John Bittner College Scholarship Competition.

2017 winners

Savannah Thompson
Savannah Thompson

Savannah Thompson

Savannah Thompson is currently a junior at UNC-Pembroke pursuing a B.S. in Mass Communications with a major in Broadcasting. Academically, Savannah has earned a place on the Chancellor’s List. In her role as a student athlete and captain of the women’s golf team, she has been achieved a spot on the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll and All- Academic Team. Savannah’s practical experience is as a member of the staff at UNC-Pembroke’s WNCP-TV, where she has served as a reporter and currently serves as the producer for “Carolina News Today.”

Savannah was bitten by the “broadcasting bug” as a 16-year-old. At that time, she had earned an invitation to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, California. When she was not playing, Savannah spent hours in the Golf Channel’s production truck observing the broadcast of the tournament.

Savannah is scheduled to participate in a class trip this summer to study film in Ireland. She hopes to spend the rest of the summer in an internship.

Zuri Anderson
Zuri Anderson

Zuri Anderson
Winthrop University

Zuri Anderson is a sophomore at Winthrop University majoring in Mass Communications. She has earned a place on the President’s List or Dean’s List at the end of every semester she has attended at Winthrop.

Zuri’s practical experience includes a great deal of writing. She is a staff writer for the Winthrop student newspaper, the managing editor for Winthrop’s cultural publication, and the editor-in chief for an online Winthrop publication called The Odyssey.

The many hours Zuri has put into her work earned her the honor of “Best Writer” for the student newspaper during the Fall 2016 semester and “Most Dedicated” for the cultural newspaper for the Spring 2016 semester.

Between classes and her work on student publications, Zuri is a member of an organization called the “Winthrop Think College” that assists students with disabilities reach goals for self-improvement. Never missing an opportunity to write, she handles the weekly newsletter for this organization.

Zuri says she is using her college career to build experience for a professional career in online journalism.