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Individual Awards

Honor a professional you respect, and whose work has made a difference for public relations, by nominating them for a PRSA Individual Award.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to August 1, 2014.

Gold Anvil Award
The Gold Anvil is the Society’s highest Individual Award. It is considered to be PRSA’s lifetime achievement award and is presented to a public relations practitioner who is a PRSA member and whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession. View recipients.

Public Relations Professional of the Year Award

PRSA’s Public Relations Professional of the Year Award honors the individual who, in the previous year, represented the best in public relations as an outstanding example of the management function that establishes mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and the public on whom its success or failure depends. View recipients. Note that nominations for the Public Relations Professional of the Year Award are made separately from PRSA’s Individual Awards, and are made during the Silver Anvils entry process.

Outstanding Educator Award

The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes a PRSA member who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public relations education through college or university teaching. View recipients.

The Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service to PRSA

This award is named in honor of the late Patrick Jackson, APR, Fellow PRSA, a widely known and respected practitioner in the public relations profession. His vision and many contributions to the growth of PRSA are legendary. The award is intended to recognize a member who has significantly contributed to advancing PRSA from the Chapter to National level, as well as furthered the Society by inspiring fellow practitioners professionally and personally. View recipients.

Paul M. Lund Public Service Award

Named in honor of the late Paul M. Lund, vice president of Public Relations and Employee Communications of AT&T in the early 1970s. Mr. Lund was not only an accomplished leader in public relations, but was also a leader in every community of which he was a part, demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to public service. The Paul M. Lund Public Service Award is given to a PRSA member whose participation as a volunteer in important public activities has increased the common good and reflected credit on the Society. View recipients.

Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement in International Public Relations

The Atlas Award recognizes a public relations practitioner who has made extraordinary contributions to the practice and profession of public relations in an international environment over the span of his or her career. The recipient need not be a member of PRSA. View recipients.

Individual Awards Nomination Process

Complete the online nomination form.

Then email the following as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments:

(A) Three seconding letters that address the judging criteria for the specific award. Please note: No more than three letters of recommendation will be considered. Of the seconding letters, one must come from a unit of PRSA, such as a Chapter, Section or District and be signed by the highest ranking officer of that unit.

(B) A summary of qualifications, no longer than two typed pages, that addresses the judging criteria, for the specific award.

NOTE: The online nomination form and all attachments must be submitted no later than August 1, 2014.

View the PRSA 2014 Individual Awards Call for Nominations (PDF), which includes descriptions, judging criteria, nomination instructions and lists of previous recipients for each Individual Award. Note that nominations for the Public Relations Professional of the Year Award are made separately from PRSA’s Individual Awards, and are made during the Silver Anvils entry process.


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