Meridian Star

January 8, 2014

College Public Relations group offers student scholarships

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     In order to encourage the growth and professional development of students interested in obtaining a degree in the areas of communication, the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) will award one $500 scholarship to an undergraduate student entering or enrolled in an accredited two-year institution of higher learning; and one $500 scholarship to an undergraduate student entering or enrolled in a four-year institution of higher learning.

     To be considered for a CPRAM Scholarship, applicants must be in “good standing” and present three letters of recommendation from individuals connected to his/her academic institution. This includes college advisors, high school teacher/official, home-school teacher, etc. Students may be recommended by an active CPRAM member in lieu of, or in conjunction with those listed above.

     Applicants must also complete the application form and return it to the CPRAM scholarship committee on or before the deadline of Feb. 14. Applications must be accompanied by letters of recommendation. (To obtain an application form, contact Steve Diffey at Holmes Community College, (662) 472-9068 or e-mail sdiffey@holmescc.edu.)

     The application form must be accompanied by a 500-word essay titled, “With All the Changes Being Made in the Field of Communications, What Skills Do I Have to Keep Up with These Changes?”

     The scholarship covers a one-year period. However, recipients may re-apply annually for the scholarship but the committee reserves the right to make its decision based on need, merit and the number of applicants each year.

     The CPRAM Scholarship Committee will announce the winner(s) during its annual conference scheduled May 19-20, at the Bancorp South Center in Tupelo. The scholarship will then be awarded for the fall term.

     Students applying for the CPRAM scholarship must be majoring in one of the following fields of study: public relations, communications, journalism, advertising, mass communications, political communications, crisis management, graphic design, or other communication oriented major. (The CPRAM scholarship committee reserves the right to determine what major is considered acceptable.)

     Applicants must be considered full-time students at their respective institutions.

     No student will be discriminated against based on race, religion, age, gender, or financial situation.