The Playboy Foundation announced the initiation of a $5,000 scholarship and summer internship for UT journalism students at the September 10, 1992, celebration of the “Playboy Interview.” The foundation named the scholarship The Alex Haley/ Playboy Interview Scholarship in Magazine Journalism. Alex Haley wrote the first “Playboy Interview” in 1962. He interviewed jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. He also interviewed Martin Luther King Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Carson, and Muhammad Ali for Playboy. Chancellor Bill Snyder, Jack Williams (vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs) and College of Communications Dean Dwight Teeter attended the celebration, hosted by Christie Hefner, Playboy Enterprises chairwoman and chief executive officer. The scholarship/internship, which was discontinued in 2014, granted $2,500 each semester, over one year, to one student. The recipient was then invited to hold an internship at Playboy for the summer, a post paying $350 per week at the time of establishment of the scholarship.
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