What happens to the money?

Santa would never be able to create all those Christmas presents without all of his Santa’s helpers, aka the elves.

In the communications industry, many a production would have difficulty without the assistance of their helpers, aka the interns.

Like Santa’s elves, media interns form a fundamental link in the production chain that results in a smooth show. Virtually every on-air production has a bevy of interns scrambling behind the scenes making it work. All too often, those internship positions are unpaid; making ends meet becomes a real challenge for the college students filling them.

That’s where the Pat Boland Memorial Internship Award comes to play. Through the Boland Fund, the Penn State’s College of Communications awards grants to help students who are off on these internships. The State College Santa Crawl has grown to become the largest annual donor to the Boland Fund. We’ve contributed over $30,000 to the fund with almost $16,000 raised last year along

The Boland Fund has been awarding grants for four years now. Here a list of the students who have gotten a grant from the fund:

  • 2013
    • Brendan Zipfel, Telecommunications major from Harleysville; who interned at WTAJ Johnstown
  • 2014
    • Victoria Burdo, from Wayne, PA, 7th semester Journalism major; who interned at 97.5 The Fanatic, Philadelphia, PA
    • Pier Lopez, Ardmore, PA, 6th semester Telecommunications major; who interned at MORE FM 101.1 Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • 2015
    • Adenike Samuel, Broadcast journalism major from the Bronx; who interned at Roc Nation, record label under Live Nation owned by Jay-Z
  • 2016
    • Erin Foertsch, AD/PR major from Mountain Top PA; who interned with the Wilkes Barre Scranton Railriders minor league baseball team
    • Cali Wojciechowski, communications major from Allentown, who interned at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Bethlehem PA

As we grow the Boland Fund, we’ll be able to increase both the number of recipients and the value of the grants.

Thanks to all who have helped in the past and who will help even more this year.

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