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Here are some of the Public Relations scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Lawrence G. Foster Award for Excellence in Public Relations

Award: $1,500 award This award will be payable to the winner’s university for use on his or her behalf, and can only be used to directly fund the winner’s educational pursuits. Eligibility All PRSSA members are welcome to apply. Application To apply, send the following materials to PRSSA Headquarters: The application form (Word or PDF), SIGNED by candidate AND Faculty Adviser. Letter of recommendation from your Chapter’s Faculty or Professional Adviser. An essay of 1,000 to 1,200 words that describes: The definition of excellence in public relations and how you plan to achieve it in your future career. The ethical and work standards that are required of public relations professionals and how you plan to excel in these areas. A list of leadership qualities you believe are most important in public relations, and why.

John D. Graham Scholarship

Award: First place $3,000; two runners up $1,000 each The scholarship check will be payable to the winner’s university for use on his or her behalf, and can only be used to directly fund the winner’s educational pursuits. This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation. Eligibility You must be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies or courses preparing for a career in public relations, and entering your senior year of undergraduate studies in fall after the application deadline to apply for this scholarship. Judges will be looking for the following qualities: Academic achievement in public relations and overall studies. Demonstrated leadership. Practical experience in internships, other work/service. Commitment to public relations, particularly as expressed in the candidate’s statements in the application form. Writing skills demonstrated throughout the application form. Application To apply for this award, submit four copies of the following materials: The completed application form (Word or PDF), including signatures from you and a faculty member or PRSSA Adviser. A letter of recommendation, no more than two pages, from either a faculty member or PRSSA Adviser. No more than two additional letters of recommendation from internship employers, educators or others. A one page résumé.

Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship

Award: $1,000 This unique $1,000 scholarship is designed to honor a student entering his or her senior year at a four year accredited institution for their mentoring of others and their promotion of public relations as a career choice. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is nominated by the college or professional advisor of a Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, or by one of his or her peers who can address the ways the nominee has helped others in their career and professional development, and how that individual has demonstrated their potential to be a strong mentor of others in their professional life. This award is not based on academic standing or courses taken. Ron Culp is a consultant and professional director of the graduate program in public relations and advertising at DePaul University. During his 30-year corporate career, Culp held senior public realtions positions at Ketchum, Eli Lilly, Pitney Bowes, Sara Lee and Sears, where he was senior vice president of public relations and government affairs. Culp's blog – www.culpwrit.com – provides career advice for individuals pursuing careers in public relations. He has made a grant to the PRSA Foundation to make this award available to a PRSSA student. This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation. The Nominee Must be entering his or her senior year in college in Fall Must be a major in public relations, journalism, or related fields Must be studying to prepare for a career in public relations Must be attending a four year accredited institution Must be in good standing as a member of a PRSSA Chapter Nomination Process Nomination must be made by someone other than the nominee who has first hand knowledge of the student’s mentoring capabilities and examples, in a letter of no more than two pages. Up to two additional letters of support for the nominee may be provided. Once identified, the nominator may involve the nominee to providing information needed to complete the nomination. A nomination form (Word or PDF) must be completed by the nominator. A resume for the nominee must be attached. Five sets of the completed nomination package must be provided. All material must arrive no later than close of business on June 13. All nominating material must be mailed to: PRSSA Ronald Culp Scholarship for Mentoring 33 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor New York, NY 10038 Judging Criteria Demonstrated mentorship and leadership Commitment to public relations and the profession Letters of nomination

Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations

Award: $1,000 This scholarship was created to encourage graduate public relations students to pursue careers in corporate public relations, with the goal of making the public relations function more essential to the successful achievement of corporate goals consistent with the public interest, the precepts of sound business and the needs of key stakeholders. This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation; the Arthur W. Page Society; the Institute for Public Relations; and individual donors. Eligibility Candidates must be enrolled or continuing in a graduate studies degree program in public relations, journalism or related fields, effective fall. Candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4. Candidates do not have to be a PRSSA member to apply. The award may be used at any U.S. college or university offering a graduate program in public relations or related field. Entries will be judged by a committee of three senior public relations professionals, each of whom will represent one of the three founding organizations for this award. Application To apply for this award, you must submit the following materials: A completed application form (Word or PDF) An essay of up to 1,000 words (as explained in the application) Letter of recommendation of no more than two pages from a faculty member or PRSSA Faculty or Professional Adviser One additional letter of recommendation of no more than two pages from an internship employer, educator or other individual who knows the applicant and can address his or her potential as a public relations counselor to management One-page résumé

Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award

Award: $1,000 The scholarship check will be payable to the winner’s university for use on his or her behalf, and can only be used to directly fund the winner’s educational pursuits. This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation with founding donors Prudential Financial and Weber-Shandwick. Eligibility To apply, you must meet the following requirements: Be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies or courses preparing for a career in public relations. Be entering your junior year of undergraduate studies this fall. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Demonstrate the commitment to service and social responsibility that Ofield Dukes personified Be of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry. Selection Criteria Applications will be judged by a committee of public relations professionals, using the following criteria: Academic achievement in public relations and overall studies Specific examples of commitment to service and social responsibility (demonstrated by mentoring others or participating in community service activities) OR specific examples of how you have worked to make the world a more equitable place. Writing skills as demonstrated throughout the application. Letters of recommendation from faculty and non-faculty. Awards or honors you have received for academic or extracurricular achievements (can include high school and community awards). Required Application Materials To apply, send the following materials: Nomination form (Word or PDF), signed by both you and a faculty member or PRSSA Adviser. A recommendation letter of no more than two pages from a faculty member or adviser. At least one and not more than four additional letters of recommendation from internship employers, educators or others who have been directly involved in your relevant activities. Letters may be no more than two pages. A one to two- page résumé.

Robin M. Urbanski Memorial Scholarship

Award: $1,000 This scholarship is designed to honor a student for his/her mentoring of others and his/her commitment to public relations. The Nominee Must be entering his or her junior or senior year in college Must be a major in public relations, journalism, or a related field Must be studying to prepare for a career in public relations Must possess a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale Must be attending a four year accredited institution Must be in good standing as a member of a PRSSA Chapter Application Materials To apply, submit the following materials: Completed nomination form (Word or PDF) One recommendation letter made by someone other than the applicant who can address the ways the applicant has helped others in their career and professional development, and how that individual has demonstrated their potential to be a strong mentor of others in the field of public relations, in a letter of no more than two pages. Essay of no more than two pages, written by the applicant, explaining the applicant’s commitment to a public relations and a career in the industry Current resume Official academic transcript

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

Catherine W. Pierce scholarship was established to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the Arts and/or History. Mrs. Pierce had a great interest in helping deserving students pursue the fields of Art or History. The award amount is up to $5,000. To be eligible for this scholarship students must: - Be enrolled full-time at a U.S. accredited 4 year institution - Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale - Be pursuing a degree in an Art or History discipline (see eligible majors) To complete this application you will need: - To write an essay - To provide an unofficial transcript ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA: 2.5 ETHNICITIES: African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American, Caucasian RESIDENCY STATUS: U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, Master's Student MAJORS African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Business, Creative Design, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Culinary, Design, Economics, English, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, Illustration, Industrial Design, International Studies, Journalism, Labor Studies, Mass Media Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography/Video, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish, Theater Arts/Drama, Theology, TV Production, Urban Planning/Studies, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, Women's Studies

Ronald Reagan Public Policy Fellowship Program

The Ronald Reagan Public Policy Fellowship, underwritten by The Draine Family Charitable Foundation, Inc., supports graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairs in studying Ronald Reagan and the effects of his economic, social, and international policies on the State of California, the Federal Government, and the world. Award: Up to $30,000 grant per year, two-year maximum. Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria: Be citizens of the United States of America. Be accepted to and plan to enroll full time in the University of California, Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairs in Fall as a first-year graduate student. Demonstrate interest in public policy, with a keen interest in the policies and impact of the Reagan Administration. Demonstrate at school, the workplace, and/or within the community the attributes of leadership, integrity, drive, and citizenship. Demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.5 GPA/4.0 scale or equivalent). Demonstrate financial need. Application: Qualified candidates may access a downloadable application. In addition to the completed application form, candidates must submit: Resume Two required essays Nomination letter from an authority figure with knowledge of his/her leadership and/or interest in public policy Most recent college transcript Provisional Award Letter from the UCLA Financial Aid Office

Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation Scholarship for the Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment is intended for eligible college and graduate school women who desire to work and contribute their efforts within the field. Due to the underrepresentation of this demographic in the industry, this scholarship fund has been established in order to aid women in furthering their education, encourage their valued participation in the profession, and benefit the profession as a whole. The scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is granted to four applicants annually who are matriculating full-time in their sophomore, junior, senior or first year of graduate school. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.75 is required and applicants are required to be enrolled in one of the following majors in order to be eligible: Communication Studies, Marketing, Public Relations, Media Studies or Journalism.

Digital Third Coast’s Digital Marketing Scholarship

Twenty years ago, if you suddenly wanted to know what the difference was between gelato and ice cream, you’d have to find an encyclopedia, a dictionary, or a wizened old Italian grandmother to fill you in. Now, we live in a world where silly sounds like Google, Yahoo and Bing are verbs, and an entirely new industry has been created to help people capitalize on the power of digital marketing. With all the changes search engine marketing (SEM) has seen in the past ten years, we can’t know for sure what it will look like in the next five or ten years. Will content marketing continue to be a focus in digital marketing? How will data from PPC and SEO campaigns inform each other’s strategy? Will local SEO become more important as people become more mobile, or will our own hometown Chicago SEO give way to a more global search engine strategy? Frankly, it’s anyone’s guess- and that’s where you come in. In a 500+ word essay, share how you think digital marketing will develop in the next five to ten years, and what you think the industry will be like when you’re out of school and working in the marketing industry. You may focus on one how one aspect of digital marketing will change, or you can address how each branch of digital marketing will grow to interact with the others. The winning essay writer will receive $500 in scholarship funds to help you achieve your goal of working in SEO, PPC, or content marketing. The scholarship is open to planning to study the fields of marketing, advertising, and/or public relations. To enter, please send your completed essay to DTCscholarship@gmail.com, along with your name, age, grade, location, college/university, and your intended major in college. You MUST include “DTC scholarship” in the subject line of the email. - See more at: http://www.digitalthirdcoast.net/blog/dtc-digital-marketing-scholarship#sthash.3J2nnXvO.dpuf

NASCAR/Wendell Scott Sr. Award

Full-time undergraduate or graduate students attending four-year HACU-member institutions with a declared major in Engineering, Business, Public Relations, Mass Media, Sports Marketing, Marketing, Management, or Technology. Students must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0., and attend school in Florida, Georgia, or North Carolina. Upon notification of selection, scholarship recipients are required to submit a headshot electronically to HACU for NASCAR press purposes, and encouraged to apply to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (www.nascardiversity.com). NASCAR and its partners help nurture new talent and raise awareness of the industry's efforts to increase diversity and attract the best minds in America.

Zip Conferencing Scholarship

Purpose: The Zip Conferencing Scholarship was created to foster a new generation of effective communicators and promote industry innovation through the application of new technologies by emerging scholars. Scholarship: The Zip Conferencing Scholarship is open to all communications, marketing and business school students. Zip Conferencing will award one $2500 scholarship to the student who writes the best response to the following questions: In what ways have the use of new communication technologies affected the way that you interact with the world around you? How do you plan on employing the skills learned from those experiences in pursuit of your professional goals? Requirements: Students must be enrolled at a 2 year, 4 year, graduate level or certification program for business or communication related studies. All entries must be a minimum of 500 and maximum of 1000 words. Diagrams, schematics, illustrations and photographs may be included as supporting documents. All entries must be submitted no later than June 30, 2015. How to Enter: Please include your name, contact information, institution, major and expected date of graduation/certification and completed essay in Word doc. Format and submit as a post on the Zip Conferencing Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zip-Conferencing/316475472348) Winner: The scholarship winner will be announced on the Zip Conferencing Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zip-Conferencing/316475472348) on Monday, July 15, 2015, and the scholarship funds will be dispersed pending confirmation of enrollment. Read more: http://www.zipconferencing.com/zip-conferencing-scholarship.php

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