PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship

Deadline: May 23, 2014

Award: Two awards, each $1,500

Established in 1989 by PRSA’s Multicultural Affairs Committee, the PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship annually assists and recognizes young men and women for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the practice of public relations.

Two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500, will be awarded to talented communications students who are of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at accredited four-year colleges or universities, be at least junior status and at most have one full term remaining as of Fall 2011 and have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale.

This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation.

Eligibility

You must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited four-year college or university. Membership in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is preferred, but is not a requirement. A major or minor in public relations is also preferred. A student who attends a school that does not offer a public relations degree or program must be enrolled in a communications degree program (e.g., journlaism or mass communications).

You must be of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry.

You must have attained, by Fall 2014, at least junior status and have at most one full term remaining. You also must have earned and maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale in all courses.

Application

  • A completed application form (Word or PDF).
  • An official transcript of all college/university courses completed.
  • A brief letter of recommendation from a PRSA member or an individual associated with the public relations profession (corporate, agency, government, non-profit) or higher education.
  • A typed, double-spaced two page essay, on one of the following topics:
    • Why does diversity matter to the public relations industry? What is the significance of having a diverse workforce in the public relations industry?
    • How is diversity enacted in everyday public relations practice?
    • What recent multicultural communication efforts have helped to bridge the gap between the community and the company/institution?

Completed applications must be mailed to PRSSA Headquarters (not just postmarked) by May 23, 2014 to the address below:

PRSSA
PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship
33 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Past Winners

2013 Winners

  • Cyoné Batiste, Louisiana State University
  • Andrea Gils Monzon, Southeast Missouri State University

2012 Winners

  • Kiana Nicholas, Georgia State University
  • Desiree M. Chavis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2011 Winners

  • Tran Ngoc Luong, California State University, Fullerton
    Melisa P. Danho, New Mexico State University