PRSSA National Scholarships

Annually, PRSSA and the PRSA Foundation offer many individual scholarships to help. Whether through your academic achievement, diversity, professional ambition or desire to attend a National event, PRSSA provides the recognition and funding you’ve earned. Read the brief descriptions below and consult the PRSSA Scholarships and Awards Qualifying Chart to determine which one you qualify for. Print out the 2016–2017 Scholarships and Awards deadlines to always be reminded when applications are due. Submit applications for these scholarships and awards by visiting the PRSA Foundation website or by visiting each award’s respective webpage.

Academic Achievement Scholarships

Axia Public Relations Scholarship. This scholarship assists outstanding college students with financial needs in their pursuit of a public relations career. Award: $2,000.

Robin M. Urbanski Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to honor a student entering his or her junior or senior year at a four-year accredited institution for his/her mentoring of others and his/her commitment to public relations. Award: $1,000.

Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award. This award recognizes young public relations juniors of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry for outstanding academic achievement. Award: $1,000.

Neumeier Family Leadership Award. Open to all graduate and undergraduate PRSSA members, the Neumeier Family Leadership Award recognizes a student who has demonstrated an outstanding record of effective leadership in PRSSA, the campus and/or the community. Award: $1,000.

Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations. This scholarship encourages graduate public relations students to pursue careers in corporate public relations. Graduate students studying public relations, journalism or a related field with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average may apply. Award: $1,000.

Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship. This scholarship honors a senior for their mentoring others in their career and their promotion of public relations as a career choice. Award: $1,000.

Lawrence G. Foster Award. Open to all PRSSA members, this award recognizes a student who demonstrates outstanding potential as a future public relations professional. Award: $1,500.

John D. Graham Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes public relations seniors on their academic achievement, leadership, practical experience and overall commitment to public relations. Award: First Place $3,000; two Runners-Up $1,000 each.

Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship. This award is given each year to a deserving junior or senior majoring in public relations, journalism or communications who demonstrates outstanding leadership in school and in their professional life. Award: $1,500.

Betsy Plank/PRSSA Scholarships. This scholarship honors three outstanding public relations juniors and seniors for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership, practical experience and their commitment to public relations. Awards: First Place $5,000; Second Place $1,500; Third Place $1,000.

PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship. This scholarship awards two talented undergraduate communications students of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Award: $1,500.

Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award. This award recognizes a minority student heading into his or her senior year who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement as well as a commitment to public relations. Award: $5,000.

Gary Yoshimura Scholarship. This scholarship helps students needing financial assistance to complete their public relations education. Award: $2,400.

Internship Awards

Altschul Champions for PRSSA Outstanding Internship Award. This award recognizes public relations students who had a great internship experience. This award honors a student and their internship provider for achieving outstanding success in a public relations internship. Award: $500 and a certificate.

Daniel J. Edelman/PRSSA Award for the Outstanding Public Relations Student. Open to all PRSSA members, this award recognizes members who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, a commitment to a career in the field and have contributed substantially to PRSSA. Award: $1,500 and a three-month paid internship.

Ruth Edelman/PRSSA Award for Achievement in Women’s Leadership Development. Open to all PRSSA members, this award recognizes members who have demonstrated achievement in women’s leadership, women’s studies and/or contributions in the field to promote women’s issues. Award: $1,500 and a three-month paid internship.

Conference Registration Grants

PRSSA 2017 National Conference Grants. All PRSSA members attending the National Conference may apply for this grant, which covers the cost of the event’s registration fee.

PRSA 2017 International Conference Grants. All former PRSSA members who are currently PRSA Associate Members and plan on attending the PRSA International Conference may apply for this grant, which covers the cost of the event’s registration fee.