Scholarships

The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation selects three scholarship recipients annually in the categories of deadline news, feature writing and sports reporting. Each Spring, students are invited to enter the competition by submitting two samples of their best work.

“I’m incredibly grateful for being chosen for this award.”

Annabel Aguiar, 2020 Feature Writing Last Row Party Scholarship

“Thank you and the rest of the scholarship committee so much for selecting me as the Last Row Party Scholarship recipient for sports writing. I am honored and humbled to receive this.”

Zach Piatt, 2020 Sports Writing Last Row Party Scholarship

“The Last Row Party scholarship affirmed for me the Indianapolis journalism community’s focus on making active and enthusiastic investments in its future,” Irish said. “The scholarship is a huge incentive in an era when America needs ethical, undaunted and diverse young journalists.”

Erica Irish, 2019 Feature Writing Last Row Party Scholarship
“It was a tremendous honor to be selected for this award. This scholarship helped allow me to continue finding new stories about people in our society. It gave me a chance to make new connections that will last a lifetime.”
Jared Rigdon, 2019 Sports Writing Last Row Party Scholarship

Among the scholarships the IPCF hands out are:

The following scholarships are sponsored by IMS

Last Row Party Scholarship Award

Each year, the Indianapolis Press Club foundation hands out three Last Row Party Scholarship awards for deadline news, features and sports writing. The awards – $1,031, $1032 and $1,033 – mirror the checks handed out to the last row drivers in the Indianapolis 500. The drivers receive checks for 31, 32 and 33 cents and are honored at our Last Row Party at the Pagoda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We are grateful to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for sponsoring these scholarships.

More information on these programs can be obtained by emailing the foundation’s executive director at indypressfoundation@gmail.com

Congratulations 2020 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations 2020 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation received 62 entries for this competition. The winners will receive their checks at our delayed Last Row Party because of the coronavirus pandemic. Once we have our new date, we will inform you.

Irish

Deadline News

Deadline News

WINNER: Erica Irish, Franklin College

​Read Irish’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Annabel Aguiar – Indiana University

Aguiar

Feature Writing

Feature Writing

WINNER: Annabel Aguiar, Indiana University

Read Aguiar’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Mary Bernard, University of Notre Dame

Piatt

Sports Reporting

Sports Reporting

WINNER: Zach Piatt, Ball State Univesity

Read Piatt’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Jared Rigdon, Indiana University

Congratulations 2019 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations 2019 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation received 42 entries for these scholarship awards, which are sponsored by Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Each winner received a $1,000 scholarship check and award certificate at our Last Row Party on May 23, 2019.

Boufford

Deadline News

Deadline News

WINNER: Hannah Boufford, Indiana University

​Read Boufford’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Maddy McTigue – DePauw University

Irish

Feature Writing

Feature Writing

WINNER: Erica Irish, Franklin College

Read Irish’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Peter Talbot, Indiana University

Ringdon

Sports Reporting

Sports Reporting

WINNER: Jared Ringdon, Indiana Univesity

Read Ringdon’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Zach Piatt, Ball State University

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Congratulations 2018 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations 2018 Last Row Party Scholarship Award 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 and award certificate at our Last Row Party on May 24, 2018.

Telford, Richey, Guskey
(L-R)

Deadline News

Deadline News

WINNER: Taylor Telford, Indiana University

Read Telford’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Adrianna Pitrelli, Franklin College

Feature Writing

Feature Writing

WINNER: Zoie Richey, Franklin College

Read Richey’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Katie Grieze, Ball State University

Sports Reporting

Sports Reporting

WINNER: Jordan Guskey, Indiana Univesity

Read Guskey’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Sarah Bahr, IUPUI

2017 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

2017 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation received 60 entries for these scholarship awards, which are sponsored by Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year, we had two winners in the feature-writing category. Each winner received a scholarship check of $1,000 and certificate at our Last Row Party on May 25, 2017.

Allie Kirkman

Deadline News

Deadline News

WINNER: Allie Kirkman, Ball State University

Read Kirkman’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Taylor Telford (Indiana University), Adrianna Pitrelli (Franklin College)

Alan Hovorka

Feature Writing

Feature Writing

WINNER: Alan Hovorka, Ball State University

Read Hovorka’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

WINNER: Sarah Gardner, Indiana University

Read Gardner’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Liz Meuser (Indiana University), Sarah Bahr (IUPUI)

Sports Reporting

Sports Reporting

WINNER: Renee Griffin, University of Notre Dame

Read Griffin’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2

FINALIST: Elizabeth Wyman (Ball State University), Michael Williams (IUPUI)

2016 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

2016 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

The press club foundation received 70 entries for these three scholarship awards — the highest number of entries since these scholarships began in 2014.

Alexandra Kincaid, right, receives her Last Row Party Scholarship Feature Writing Award from Foundation Executive Director Jenny Labalme

Feature Writing

Feature Writing

WINNER: Alexandra Kincaid, Ball State University

Read Kincaid’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2
STORY #3

Deadline News

Deadline News

WINNER: Megan Jula, Indiana University

Read Jula’s stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2
STORY #3

Sports Reporting

Sports Reporting

WINNER: Brody Miller, Indiana University

Read Miller’s Stories:

STORY #1
STORY #2
STORY #3

2015 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

2015 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

DEADLINE NEWS WRITING – Jacob Rund, Franklin College

FEATURE WRITING – Samantha Schmidt, Indiana University

SPORTS WRITING – Evan Hoopfer, Indiana University

2014 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

2014 Last Row Party Scholarship Award Winners

Andrew Mishler, Jessica Contrera & Chelsea Barras
(Left-Right)

ANDREW MISHLER – Sports Writing (Ball State University).

JESSICA CONTRERA – News and Feature Writing (Indiana University).

CHELSEA BARRAS – IMS 2014 Summer Intern (Indiana University).

In partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Foundation awarded cash prizes on May 22, 2014 for news, features and sports writing. The awards — $1,031, $1,032 and $1,033 — mirror the checks the last row drivers receive for 31, 32 and 33 cents.