Previous winners

2017 Winners

Mills Hayes
Theashionna Owens

2016 Winners

Abbey O’Brien
Jaclyn Lee

2015 Winners

Chuck Ringwalt
Meredith Stutz

Spring 2014:
Mackenzie Roberts
Tabitha Corley

Spring 2013:
Joe Bruno
Kyle Cline

Fall 2012:
Emily Palmer
Kalina Harrison

Fall 2011:
Lauren Brigman
Lisa Ellen Brown

Fall 2010:
Kathleen Brown
Drew Smith

Fall 2009:
Dannika Lewis
Jessica Lyn Silvaggio

Fall 2008:
Kevin Kline
Mason Snyder

Fall 2007:
Matthew McClellan
Adam Rhew

RTDNAC awards two scholarships

The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) presented two Dr. John R. Bittner Scholarships at its annual Student Workshop at WBTV in Charlotte on February 9, 2019. The 2019 recipients are Jonathan Sarver, Jr., a student at Elon University, and Zuri Anderson at Winthrop University.

Annually, RTDNAC awards a $1500 scholarship each to a North Carolina and a South Carolina college student majoring in a field connected to the news industry.

The North Carolina scholarship winner is Jonathan Sarver, Jr., from Mooresville, North Carolina. He graduated from the Crossroads Arts and Science Early College School in Statesville, NC. A program there allowed him to earn his high school diploma while at the same time earning an Associate Arts degree from Mitchell Community College. He entered Elon University in the fall of 2018 with two years of college credit. Sarver is a Dean’s List student. He works for Elon’s Sports Information Department. In addition, he hosts a show produced by WSOE-FM, Elon University’s student run radio station.

The South Carolina recipient, Zuri Anderson, is a senior honors student at Winthrop University. Anderson has had numerous articles and book reviews published in a variety of publications. She spent four months in the spring of 2018 attending the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in a program about Australian media studies as well as the history and culture of the country. The Hanahan, SC, native has also worked for two years at the student newspaper.

The RTDNAC Scholarships have been named for the late Dr. John R. Bittner, RTDNAC’s first Executive Manager and a member of the faculty at the College of Journalism at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Funding for the scholarships has been provided by Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL, Hearst Television Inc./WYFF4 and the RTDNAC Board of Directors.

Apply for 2019 RTDNAC scholarships

The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) has announced its 2019 scholarship competition. RTDNAC annually awards two $1500 scholarships in February 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 $1500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student attending a college or university in North Carolina. Another $1500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student enrolled in a college or university in South Carolina.

The RTDNAC Board of Directors is proud of all of our previous scholarship winners. A number of them are now working in the professional ranks.

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

Any interested student who meets the qualifications should note that no formal application form is required. However, each of these points must be fulfilled for consideration of a student’s application:

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

Rule change for 2019: All materials may be emailed. Hard copies sent via USPS are still acceptable. Students should check with the Registrar’s or Records offices to see if transcripts may be emailed, or if the record must be mailed as a hard copy and allow time for delivery.

Applications must be received no later than January 31, 2019.

Applications should be sent to:

Pete Poore, RTDNAC Scholarship Chairman

SCDOT Office of Communications


955 Park Street, PO Box 191

Columbia SC 29202

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