The California Gold Coast chapter of the Public Relations Society of America offers two scholarships to recognize outstanding individual college students who are committed to studying communication or public relations in the Tri-Counties area. The group will awards two $500 scholarships every year.
“We believe that academic endeavors are essential for individuals to reach their full potential. For that reason, our chapter is encouraging students to attend a four-year institution and reach higher educational achievement,” said PRSA California Gold Coast Chapter President and Scholarship Committee Chair Nancy Mayerson.
The chapter raised funds for the scholarships through program meeting fees and sponsorships, and hopes to grow the scholarship fund as the chapter grows.
“We believe that the heart of a successful PR career is service to one’s community, so we’re seeking students who have both high academic achievement and a solid commitment to community service. So many worthy organizations rely on public relations and community outreach to fulfill their mission, and we want to see our young professionals helping to make a difference,” Mayerson said.
To be eligible for the scholarships, students must:
Camarillo, Calif.-The California Gold Coast Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recently awarded its annual scholarships to Stephanie Sellin and Lauren Graf, two students attending four-year colleges in the chapter’s geographic territory of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The scholarship program is designed to support local education and professionalism in communication and public relations.
University of California, Santa Barbara, student Stephanie Sellin is in her fourth year majoring in communication, with a minor in sociocultural linguistics and professional writing. She is a mentor with the undergraduate mentorship program and a student coordinator with orientation programs. “I’m eager to follow a career path in public relations because I’m so passionate about using my love of writing to bridge communities and foster a sense of community,” she said.
Lauren Graf is a junior at California Lutheran University, studying communication with an emphasis in advertising and public relations, and art. At CLU, she works as a department assistant for the art department, and is also the marketing and social media manager for the Alcazar Theatre, a non-profit playhouse theater in her hometown, Carpinteria. “This is an incredible honor which I hope to pay forward by pursuing my education in public relations to make real, positive impacts in our world,” Graf said.
The two scholarships of $500 each were awarded based on student academic merit and community involvement. “We had a significant number of very qualified students apply for the PRSA Gold Coast scholarship in our third year, which made it very hard to narrow the field to these two,” said Nancy Covarrubias Gill, president of the PRSA Gold Coast chapter. “Lauren and Stephanie are both women of integrity and they both combined great academics with contributions to the community and commitment to this profession. They are great examples of the future of the field of public relations.”