Bob Scripps Community Fund

On what would have been his 100th birthday, the Foundation honored the legacy and generosity of Bob Scripps by renaming its community fund on March 1, 2018.

OU challenge

In 2012, the Foundation partners with the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University to launch a student competition for creative solutions to innovation challenges.

Saying goodbye

In 2012, the first and most generous financial supporter of the Foundation, Bob Scripps, dies at age 94.

Thank you, Patty

In 2015, Patty Cottingham retires from the Foundation after a career that spanned nearly 20 years of helping others with the Foundation and 18 years with Scripps at the Cincinnati Post and Kentucky Post.

Mike sets sail

After seven years as president and CEO of the Foundation and a 38-year career with Scripps, Mike Philipps retires in 2015.

Madame President

In 2015, the Foundation names Liz Carter as the new president and CEO.

39-year career

September 2015
Sue Porter, vice president of Programs for the Foundation retires after 39 years with Scripps and the Foundation. Just before her retirement, the Society of Professional Journalists bestowed its highest honor to her, the Wells Memorial Key.


Hampton opportunity

In 2000, the Foundation breaks ground for another university project - Hampton University for the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Journalism abroad

In 2000, the Foundation awards the very first Jack R. Howard fellowship at Columbia University.

Focus on the environment

In 2002, Cindy Scripps works with the Foundation to establish a fund for environmental journalism fellowships.

Non-profit internships

In 2002, the Scripps Howard Foundation creates the Communication Internship program to provide grants to Greater Cincinnati not-for-profits to hire student interns from Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University.

Get engaged

In 2003, Northern Kentucky University is the next university to benefit from the Foundation with the creation of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

Helping our own

In 2005, when two hurricanes devastate Florida, the Foundation contributes $400,000 to the Disaster Relief Fund to help employees at Scripps stations.

Hispanic link

In 2006, the Foundation recognizes the need for internship opportunities for Hispanic journalism students.

A heart for others

In 2006, Robert P. Scripps gives $2.5 million to the community fund and a quarterly donation of $75,000 to support journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

$15 million investment

In 2006, the Foundation invests $15 million at Ohio University for the Scripps College of Communication.

National reporting prize

The Foundation revitalizes the Roy W. Howard program with a prize to study abroad in Japan/South Korea.

UK fans

In 2007, the Foundation invests in the University of Kentucky with the Scripps First Amendment Center.

Writing Center at FIU

In 2007, the Foundation makes an initial grant of $150,000 to Florida International University for the Scripps Howard Writing Center.

Operations in perpetuity

In 2009, Foundation trustees approve a resolution to conduction operations in perpetuity.

New era for awards

In 2010, the Foundation announces a new name for the journalism awards - Scripps Howard Awards. There is a new website to take submissions and entry fees online.


Greater Cincinnati Fund

In 1994, The E.W. Scripps Company establishes a new fund with the Foundation to support charitable causes in Cincinnati, home to the company’s headquarters.

President Clabes

In 1997, the Foundation announces new leadership with Judy Clabes presented as president.

Religion reporting

In 1997, with a bequest from Jack R. Howard the Foundation supports the creation of two scholarships for international students and a religion reporting program at Columbia University. Students travel abroad to places like India, Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, Israel, Jordan and the West Bank as part of Columbia's "Covering Religion" course.

National Merit Scholarships

In 1997, the Foundation presents a new program to Scripps employees - cash for college. The Foundation presents the first four National Merit Scholarships for eligible children of Scripps employees.

Changes in NJA

In 1997, the Foundation changes its National Journalism Awards. The Foundation adds an entry fee and adds commentary and photojournalism categories to the awards program.

$1 million memorial

In 1998, Mildred Wood, the widow of Lee B. Wood, who was editor of the New York World-Telegram, leaves $1 million to create a journalism program in his memory. With all eyes on the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., was a fitting location for the journalism program.

Major bequest

In 1998, upon the passing of Jack R. Howard, one of the Foundation’s original trustees, bequests $7 million to the Foundation.

Community Fund

In 1998, Robert P. Scripps, who gave the first financial gift to the Foundation, gives again. This time he gives $1 million to support non-profit groups in Scripps markets.

Teaching teachers

In 1999, the Foundation endows the Scripps Howard Professorship in Media and Politics at Louisiana State University.


Remembering Roy

In 1982, the Foundation awards a $230,000 grant to Indiana University to establish the Roy W. Howard Archives.

Generous investment

In 1983, The E.W. Scripps Company makes a $1 million gift to the Foundation.

Breaking ground at O.U.

In 1984, Ohio University breaks ground for a new journalism school building to be named E.W. Scripps Hall.

Focus on reading

The Foundation begins a focus on literacy in 1986 by adding a literacy award and by offering literacy grants in Scripps communities.

Good evening, Mr. President

In 1986, the Foundation names Al Schottelkotte as its fifth president. He had been a respected news anchor in Cincinnati at WCPO, a Scripps television station.

$1 million more

In 1987, The E.W. Scripps Company gives another $1 million to the Foundation.

Pioneering effort

In an effort to improve journalism programs at minority colleges and universities, the Foundation, in 1988, offers summer courses for journalism teachers.

Ted Scripps scholarships

In 1988, the Foundation honors one of its founders by establishing the Ted Scripps scholarships at his alma mater, the University of Nevada-Reno.


Valuing education

In 1972 the Foundation increases its investment in future journalists through scholarships. The Foundation awards more than 100 scholarships and also provides grants for non-editorial journalism.

Honoring legends

The Foundation, in 1973, announces journalism awards including the Roy W. Howard Public Service Award and the Walker Stone Award for editorial writing.

Freedom of the press

In 1977, The Foundation adds the First Amendment honor named for E.W. Scripps to the awards program.


Giving back

On Aug. 15, 1962, Charles E. Scripps, Jack R. Howard and Edward W. Scripps II are the founding trustees. Robert P. Scripps makes the initial gift of 100 shares of company stock.

Awarding excellence

In 1965, the first conservation reporting awards are presented. These awards grow to become the Scripps Howard Awards.

Remembering Ernie Pyle

In 1966, the Foundation receives money to be used to encourage journalists to strive for the legendary World War II correspondent's high craftsmanship.

For the love of Roy

In 1966, Margaret Howard, the widow of Roy Howard, bequests 750 shares of Scripps stock to the Foundation for scholarships.