AAF of the Midlands has several scholarship and internship opportunities. See below for what is currently being offered.


Student American Advertising Awards

The AAF Student American Advertising Awards Competition, sponsored by the AAF and National Ad 2, is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students. Work entered at your local level can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country.

Applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited U.S. educational institution. Student interns are eligible to enter.

Submit work developed specifically for this competition or from previous projects or student contests (work must be created while the entrant is a student not employed in the advertising industry). National winning entries may receive the following:

  • Finalist certificate—great for résumés and portfolios
  • Prestigious Student American Advertising Award for first-place winners
  • $1,000 cash prize for National Best of Show winner

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New Professionals Scholarship

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a deserving senior in college, graduating in 2015 and majoring in advertising, public relations, marketing, fine arts or visual communications OR an alumnus/alumna who has graduated within the past year and is still seeking a professional job in one of the above fields.
  • Applicant should have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant must be seeking a job in the Columbia-Metro area and have the ability to attend monthly luncheons during lunch hours.

Scholarship Award
The selected scholarship recipient will be awarded one (1) Individual Membership to the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of the Midlands. Worth $275, this membership entitles the scholarship recipient to:

  • One-year membership to AAF (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)
  • Free admission to monthly luncheons and after-hours networking events
  • Access to industry professionals
  • Discounted  American Advertising Awards entry fees for freelance work and discounted American Advertising Awards ticket to the thematic bash in February 2017
  • Discounts from companies such as ADAGE, Hertz, Fed-Ex and other leading companies

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Diversity Internship Program

As part of an effort to support diversity and inclusion within the advertising industry, AAF of the Midlands Diversity Committee designed a program to provide students with a hands-on experience in the advertising/communications field. The internship offers high school students the opportunity to gain insightful experience and establish contacts within the advertising industry. Students will be selected to participate in a two-week winter or summer internship program that will place them in various host organizations throughout the area. Through this experience, the interns will gain an understanding of the different disciplines and opportunities that exist within the field. One student who completes the Diversity Internship Program will be be awarded a $500 scholarship for the college or university they chose to attend. If you want to nominate or host a student intern, please contact Jernell Simmons at jnssimmons@gmail.com or 803.575.0524. If you’re a student and want to participate in our student intern opportunity, fill out the form and contact Jernell for further questions.

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Albert Scoggins and Clyde Ellisor Scholarships

Every year, AAF of the Midlands awards two students currently enrolled in the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications with the Albert Scoggins and Clyde Ellisor Scholarships.

Albert Scoggins and Clyde Ellisor were both active board members of the Columbia Ad Club. Albert Scoggins was a former Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and served on the Columbia Ad Club Board as President from 1973-1974. Clyde Ellisor, also served as President of the Columbia Ad Club from 1990-1991. In 2007, the Columbia Ad Club became AAF of the Midlands by vote of the local organization’s Board of Directors, in order to enhance branding at the local, regional and national level.

Interested candidates can contact Bonnie Drewniany by clicking the button below.

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