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PRSA FOUNDATION WILL PROVIDE GRANTS TO MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS TO ATTEND PRSSA NATIONAL CONFERENCE

NEW YORK (Aug. 10, 2017) — The PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) Foundation has announced it is offering grants of up to $2,500 each for eight multicultural students to attend the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) National Conference, Oct. 6-10, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.

The grants are available to multicultural students attending HBCU colleges and universities. Application period is August 7 through September 1. Guidelines and application may be accessed at PRSA TRAVEL GRANT.

These newly created grants forward the mission of the PRSA Foundation to encourage and support multicultural students majoring in public relations as well as those in related fields, who plan to pursue careers in public relations.

At the PRSSA National Conference, awardees will have the opportunity to build relationships by attending speaker sessions and networking with peers and professionals. They will receive one-on-one and group mentoring from PRSA professional members. Awardees also will be invited to attend the general sessions at this year’s co-located PRSA International Conference where they will hear from such well-known speakers as filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, executive development expert AmyK Hutchens, entrepreneur Bea Arthur and author Jay Baer.

“Networking at the PRSSA and PRSA Conferences lifted my career to new heights as a student leader at Howard University,” said PRSA Foundation Program co-Chair Dr. Rochelle L. Ford, who is Chair, Public Relations, at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.

“These grants not only will help the students personally, they will help them develop and strengthen PRSSA Chapters at their colleges or universities. That will have a ripple effect on hundreds of future public relations professionals by introducing them to a national network that can connect them with their peers for their entire careers.”

For further information, please contact Beth-Ellen Keyes, Director of Operations and Programs, PRSA Foundation, (212) 460-1412, beth-ellen.keyes@prsafoundation.org.

About the PRSA Foundation

The PRSA Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that is committed to promoting diversity among public relations professionals and companies so that they can best serve the public good and address the needs of a diverse world. Headquartered in New York City, the PRSA Foundation was chartered under section 403 of the New York State Corporation Law as a not-for-profit organization. The PRSA Foundation supports programs that attract, assist and prepare young adults to enter the public relations profession, and works with employers and industry organizations to create workplace-based inclusion efforts to welcome, support and retain a diverse workforce. For more information about the PRSA Foundation’s programming efforts, visit www.prsafoundation.org.

About PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America (www.prssa.org) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSSA includes more than 10,000 student members and advisers, and is active at more than 350 colleges and universities.