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​Indianapolis Press Club Foundation


The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation is dedicated to raising and managing funds to promote excellence in journalism. In addition, the foundation provides scholarships, journalism awards and paid summer fellowships to journalism students at Indiana colleges and universities.


To date, the Foundation has given deserving Indiana college students more than $320,000 to help them further their educations. No other journalism organization in the state provides more financial support for aspiring journalists than the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation.


Our largest annual fundraiser is the Last Row Party -- a celebration and roast of the three drivers who start in the back row of the Indianapolis 500. The party is held the Thursday evening before the Indy 500 in the Pagoda and attracts open-wheel racing enthusiasts from across the nation.

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2019 Summer Fellows

Emily Cox, a Ball State University 2019 graduate spent 10 weeks at WFYI and Sorell Grow, a rising Butler University senior, spent 10 weeks at Indianapolis Busines Journal.

Congrats 2019 Last Row Party Scholarship Winners


The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation received 49 entries for these scholarship awards, which are sponsored by Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Each winner received a $1,000 scholarship check of and award certificate at our Last Row Party on May 23, 2019.

Deadline News -- Hannah Boufford, Indiana University (winner)

                                 Maddy McTigue, DePauw University (finalist)



Feature Writing -- Erica Irish, Franklin College (winner)

                             Peter Talbot, Indiana University (finalist)


​Sports Reporting -- Jared Ringdon, Indiana Univesity (winner)

                                Zach Piatt, Ball State University (finalist)

Franklin, IU and Ball State students win Keating writing challenge

With $6,000 in prizes on the line, 10 college journalists fanned out across Indianapolis to find, report and write a story that would earn them a top cash award in the 33rd annual Thomas R. Keating Competition.


The assignment: In five hours, interview, write and file a creative, compelling and well-written piece about “Downtown Indianapolis – Behind the Scenes.”


Erica Irish, a junior at Franklin College, won $3,000 for her first-place story about a pop-up homeless ministry that serves the city once a month.

Finishing second and earning $1,750 was Cameron Drummond, an Indiana University senior. Drummond wrote about the declining retail industry through the eyes of young people, working at registers at Circle Centre Mall.


Riley Eubanks, a Ball State senior, earned third place and $1,250 for his piece on a novelty candy store on Monument Circle.

Since its inception in 1986, the Keating program has awarded more than $158,000 to Indiana college and university students.




Mary Bernard – University of Notre Dame     

Cameron Drummond – Indiana University

Riley Eubanks – Ball State University

Lydia Gerike – Indiana University

Tierra Harris – Ball State University

Lexi Haskell – Indiana University

Erica Irish – Franklin College

Abigail King – Goshen College

Gabe Miller – Goshen College

Kelli Kathleen Smith – University of Notre Dame

2019 Last Row Party

On May 23, we roasted 2019 Last Row Party drivers Sage Karam, James Hinchcliff and Kyle Kaiser.

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