Annually, PRSSA and the PRSA Foundation offer many individual scholarships. 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 click the links to determine which one you qualify for. 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.
Geoffrey M. Curtis Scholarship. Established in 2023, this scholarship awards one rising junior or senior undergraduate student who is pursuing a career in public relations, journalism, or communications and is BIPOC identified. Award: $10,000.
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. Awards: First Place $3,000; two Runners-Up $1,000 each.
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.
Gary Yoshimura Scholarship. This scholarship helps students needing financial assistance to complete their public relations education. Award: $2,400.
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.
AGEAN Public Relations Fellowship. Established in 2023, the AGEAN Public Relations Fellowship will award one BIPOC identified student annually who is pursuing a career in public relations. This student will be awarded with a $2,500 scholarship and a paid five-week internship with AGEAN Public Relations.
LaunchSquad Fellowship. Established in 2023, the LaunchSquad Fellowship will award one BIPOC identified student annually who is pursuing a career in journalism, public relations, marketing & communications. This student will be awarded with a with a $15,000 scholarship, a $4,000 stipend, and a paid eight-week internship with LaunchSquad.
Method Communications Fellowship. Established in 2023, the Method Communications Fellowship will award one BIPOC identified student annually who is pursuing a career in public relations or communications. This student will be awarded with a $15,000 scholarship, a $3,000 stipend, and a paid six-week internship with Method Communications.
Mission North The Future Is... Fellowship. Established in 2022, the Mission North The Future Is... Fellowship will award one BIPOC female identified student annually who is pursuing a career in PR focusing on tech communications, science communications, or digital marketing & design. This student will be awarded with a $16,000 scholarship, a $6,000 stipend, and a paid one-month internship with Mission North.
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: $300 and a certificate.
Conference and Assembly Registration Grants
PRSSA Conference Grants
#PRSSAIC 2022 Grant. This grant pays the registration fees for up to five members to attend the PRSSA International Conference. You must be a current, paid PRSSA member planning to attend the PRSSA 2022 International Conference (having paid dues in March 2022 or planning to pay in November 2022).
PRSA ICON 2022 Grant. 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.
PRSA Foundation Travel Grants
PRSA Foundation International Conference Student Travel Grant Information about this Grant for 2023 is not yet available.
PRSA Foundation Leadership Assembly Student Travel Grant This Grant is not being offered in 2023.