The Collegian newspaper editor-in-chief Carter Schaffer wins a scholarship from The Fund for American Studies

Feb. 24, 2023

Carter Schaffer

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has awarded The Collegian’s editor-in-chief, Carter Schaffer, a $6,000 scholarship to study and intern in Washington, D.C. this summer.

The eight-week program includes four weeks of in-person, for-credit, classes at George Mason University. Students choose from a variety of learning tracks that include politics and finance. They are then placed in internships and spend four weeks interning at a news organization in the nation’s capital.

“This real-world experience is hard to find anywhere else,” Schaffer said. “Joining CMG is one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I encourage all students to check-out the opportunities our publications have to offer.”

TFAS develops and equips student leaders to protect and advance the ideas of individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic freedom in their communities and throughout the world. TFAS Director Joe Starrs wrote that Schaffer was chosen “from a pool of outstanding applicants” and “will be a fine representative of the high standards of the program.”

Director of the Collegian Media Group (CMG) and the Collegian advisor, David Levy, said, “This is an amazing opportunity for Carter. I’ve been advising student media since 1995 and have had many students participate in this program. It’s competitive. They engage with other students from the country, learn leadership and gain real-world journalism experience from seasoned professionals. They then come back and propel their news organizations to higher levels of practice and standards.”

On Friday, Feb. 17 the CMG Board of Directors re-appointed Schaffer to serve as The Collegian’s editor-in-chief for the 2023-2024 academic year. “Carter has spent a lot of time working on his leadership ability,” Levy said. “He’s growing and the TFAS program will certainly help him to further build what he needs to lead and elevate his staff when he returns in August.”


About Collegian Media Group

Collegian Media Group documents history and shares stories of Kansas State University and Manhattan with communities on and off campus. Founded in 1946 as Student Publications Incorporated and renamed in 2012, Collegian Media Group is a private enterprise overseen by a board of directors composed of university students, faculty, and community professionals. The business received non-profit status in 1947 and operates as a 501(c)3 under IRS rules. Most of CMG’s revenue derives from student activity fees, advertising sales, yearbook sales,