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PRSA FAQ: For College Students

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about PRSA from students.

Q.Are college students eligible to join PRSA?
A.College students may join the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a student organization established by PRSA to cultivate favorable and mutually advantageous relationships between students and professional public relations practitioners. As a member, you can get involved in PRSA’s national programs, participate in professional development opportunities, hone your leadership skills and take advantage of networking opportunities.
Q.How can I join PRSSA?
A.If your college or university has an established PRSSA Chapter, get in touch with the Chapter President, who can explain when and where Chapter recruitment will take place.

If your college or university doesn’t have an established PRSSA chapter, you can see if it qualifies for one by visiting our Establishing a New Chapter page. This page not only describes the qualifications necessary, but the process for establishing a new Chapter on your campus.
Q.Where can I find information about colleges and universities that offer public relations courses?
A.Where to Study Public Relations,” a listing of the over 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Argentina that offer noteworthy public relations undergraduate programs, is available in the Chapter section of the PRSSA website. These colleges and universities have met the criteria established by PRSA for chartering a PRSSA Chapter.

PRSSA also provides a list of universities with undergraduate programs that have been Certified in Public Relations by PRSA’s Educational Affairs Committee.
Q.Does PRSA offer scholarships?
A.PRSSA and its sponsors give away nearly $20,000 annually in national scholarships and awards competitions. Visit PRSSA’s Resources page for a complete listing of scholarships and awards.

In addition, the PRSA Foundation, a philanthropic patron of the public relations industry, sponsors several awards and scholarships each year, including the J. Carroll Bateman Case Study Competition, Multicultural Affairs Scholarships and the Betsy Ann Plank/PRSSA Scholarships.
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