PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship

Deadline: May 26, 2017

Award: Two awards, each $1,500

Established in 1989 by PRSA’s Multicultural Affairs Committee, the PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship annually assists and recognizes young men and women for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the practice of public relations.

Two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500, will be awarded to talented communications students who are of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at accredited four-year colleges or universities, be at least junior status and at most have one full term remaining and have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale.

This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation.


You must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited four-year college or university. Membership in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is preferred, but is not a requirement. A major or minor in public relations is also preferred. A student who attends a school that does not offer a public relations degree or program must be enrolled in a communications degree program (e.g., journalism or mass communications).

You must be of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry.

You must have attained, by Fall 2016, at least junior status and have at most one full term remaining. You also must have earned and maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale in all courses.


The PRSA Foundation is proud to present the new electronic scholarship application process. Using the electronic application process, you only need to fill out ONE universal application. If a particular scholarship calls for more details or a writing sample, you simply attach the requested information to the specific application.

To apply for this award, submit the following materials:

  • A completed application form.
  • An official transcript of all college/university courses completed.
  • A brief letter of recommendation from a PRSA member or an individual associated with the public relations profession (corporate, agency, government, non-profit) or higher education.
  • A typed, double-spaced two page essay, on one of the following topics:
    • Why does diversity matter to the public relations industry? What is the significance of having a diverse workforce in the public relations industry?
    • How is diversity enacted in everyday public relations practice?
    • What recent multicultural communication efforts have helped to bridge the gap between the community and the company/institution?

Make sure all materials are error free and thoroughly proofread. All application materials must be posted to the electronic application portal by May 26, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Past Winners

2016 Winners

  • SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Raelyn Martin, University of Oregon

2015 Winners

  • Jordan Baker, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Maria Goddard, Southeastern Louisiana University

2014 Winners

  • JoLena Broussard, Louisiana State University
  • Rachel Christie, La Salle University

2013 Winners

  • Cyoné Batiste, Louisiana State University
  • Andrea Gils Monzon, Southeast Missouri State University

2012 Winners

  • Kiana Nicholas, Georgia State University
  • Desiree M. Chavis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2011 Winners

  • Tran Ngoc Luong, California State University, Fullerton
    Melisa P. Danho, New Mexico State University