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The Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service to PRSA

This award is named in honor of the late Patrick Jackson, APR, Fellow PRSA, one of the most widely known and respected practitioners 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 levels as well as furthered the Society by inspiring fellow practitioners professionally and personally.

Nomination Procedures

Complete the online nomination form, which will ask for the following information:

  • A two-page summary of the nominee's qualifications that addresses the judging criteria.
  • Three seconding letters that address the judging criteria. Note that one of the three seconding letters must be from the highest ranking officer of a unit of PRSA, such as a Chapter, Section or District.
  • The nominee’s professional bio.
  • A list of PRSA activities and awards. Include chapter, district, section, national service and offices held, and awards received from PRSA.
  • A list of other activities and awards. Include leadership positions held in organizations other than PRSA, and awards received.
  • The nominee’s headshot.

Judging Criteria

Impact on PRSA: Demonstrate how the nominee has served the Society through his/her professional achievements, experience and reputation in the profession and broadened its vision through his/her contributions on its behalf.

PRSA Activities: List the PRSA activities on a Chapter, district, Section and national level in which the nominee has effectively participated and how the Society has been strengthened as a result.

Contributions to the Profession Outside of PRSA: Show how the nominee has furthered credibility of PRSA by participating in professional activities outside of the Society.

Awards: Note any awards and accomplishments of relevance.

Judging Procedures

All entries are reviewed and scored by PRSA’s Honors & Awards Committee according to the judging criteria and then approved by PRSA’s Board of Directors. The winner will be notified in late summer and invited to accept the award at PRSA’s International Conference.

NOTE: The nomination deadline is July 18, 2016.

To avoid a conflict of interest, the PRSA Chair is not eligible to receive an individual award during his or her term of office and for two years thereafter. Officers and members of the National PRSA Board of Directors and the National Honors & Awards Committee are not eligible to receive an Individual Award.

Previous Recipients

2016 - Abbie S. Fink
2015 - Gary D. McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA
2014 - Kathleen Larey Lewton, MHA, APR, Fellow PRSA
2013 - No Award
2012 - No Award
2011 - No Award
2010 - Ferne Bonomi, APR, Fellow PRSA
2009 - No Award
2008 - Art Stevens, APR, Fellow PRSA
2007 - No Award
2006 - Melvin L. Sharpe, APR, Fellow PRSA
2005 - Dwayne Summar, APR, Fellow PRSA
2004 - James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA
2003 - Deanna K.W. Pelfrey, APR, Fellow PRSA
2002 - John L. Paluszek, APR, Fellow PRSA
2001 - Betsy Ann Plank, APR, Fellow PRSA

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