Description: Work Study Grants are to be used by member stations to provide compensation for student employees (interns). The funds may be used to pay or to supplement the wages of those persons for whom a vacancy would not ordinarily exist.
Purpose: to provide work opportunities for young persons who have an expressed interest in the broadcast field at little or no cost to member stations.
Timing and Amount: the grants are available to be appropriated throughout the year, but you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible. In 2018, the payout to the station was increased from $400 to $1,200 per internship. That allows an intern to work for 120 hours at $10 per hour. Ten grants of $1,200 each will be awarded annually on a first come first serve basis. The program will be reevaluated when the funds are exhausted to determine the adequacy of the individual awards and the level of the necessary total financial commitment to the program.
Application: funds may be solicited by the submission of a 1 page written application for the monies. The application should be signed by the manager of the affected television or radio station. A resume or description of the student beneficiary should be included (in addition) with the application form. Return requested information and application to the SD Broadcasters Association.
Judging criteria: grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. In the event that a significant number of grants are awarded, the SDBA executive committee or their education designee will discuss the merits of each particular application and seek to award the grants on the strength of their application. Special consideration will be given to those stations who match all or a portion of the funds being applied for.