Public Relations Scholarships
Have you ever wondered why your favorite movie star gave a specific answer on the red carpet, what the rationale was behind that politician admitting his affair or how an upstart company gained immense popularity overnight? Most likely, a public relations professional deserves some of the credit.
Public relations (PR for short) centers around maintaining the public image of businesses, organizations and individuals. In even simpler terms, public relations execs are responsible for making their client look good at all costs and, in the off chance there is a slip up, cleaning up the mess as quickly as possible. Public relations majors take a variety of classes including journalism, marketing, advertising, business, communications and sociology, all of which prepare students for the rigors of this particular career. There’s a definite need for members in this field – the Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow 24 percent from 2008 to 2018 – and with the right education, you could be one of them. The only thing holding you back? Paying for school.
A number of schools like the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Florida offer public relations scholarships specifically to their majors but looking beyond campus can yield even more public relations scholarship opportunities. Both the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) give generously to their members, as do public relations firms like Fleishman-Hillard, which also has an internship program. We’ve pulled several public relations scholarships from the Scholarships.com database for you but to find even more scholarship awards for which you qualify, conduct a free scholarship search. It’s worth it!
¡Adelante! Fund - MillerCoors Brewing Company Scholarship
May 25, Annually
Adelante's Mission: To inspire the best and brightest Latino college students to graduate and succeed through scholarships, internships and leadership development
Adelante! Fund Scholarships are Sponsored by MillerCoors, MillerCoors Texas, MillerCoors Chicago, Hispanic Organization for Public Employees (HOPE)
Scholarships Available: Scholarship Range $1000 to $3000
MillerCoors Brewing [...] More
Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis
Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More
Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship
April 30, Annually
As an expression of gratitude to Dr. Alma S. Adams for giving six years of dedicated service and leadership on its Board of Directors, the American Legacy Foundation has established a scholarship fund in her honor. The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among Priority Populations will award a total of $10,000 annually for up to two [...] More
Bethesda Lutheran Communities Scholarship for College Students
April 17, Annually
Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers two $3,000 scholarships to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any area of service to people with developmental disabilities.
Eligible candidates are active, communicant members of a Lutheran church, are classified as a freshman, sophomore or junior status at a college or university (not necessarily a Lutheran college), have earned a minimum [...] More
TELACU Scholarship Program
March 17, Annually
Each year, the TELACU Education Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to students in California, Texas, Illinois and New York. To apply for a scholarship, download the application from our website and return it, with required attachments, to the office indicated on the application.
Minimum eligibility requirements:
- Must be a low income, first generation college student
- Must be a [...] More
Lagrant Foundation Scholarship for Graduates
February 28, Annually
Graduate student applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the application on the reverse side (typed, not handwritten) will be considered for The Lagrant Foundation (TLF) scholarship:
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Asian Pacific American, Hispanic or Native American
Applicant must be a full-time student at a [...] More
Legacy Environmental Scholarship
May 03, Annually
Legacy, Inc., Partners in Environmental Education, is a not-for-profit organization working to create environmentally responsible citizens through balanced, fact-based education that considers diverse environmental views. The organization operates through a grassroots partnership network to develop and disseminate balanced environmental information.
Legacy's Scholarship Program provides [...] More
Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship
January 31, Annually
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The Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship provides $1,000 in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who [...] More
Public Relations Professionals of Long Island Scholarship Award
March 25, Annually
Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) is an organization comprised of men and women who work in the field of public relations for-profit and not-for-profit industries, or in an academic or hospital/medical environment. Each year, PRPLI awards up to two $1,000 scholarships for which we encourage you to apply.
This scholarship is open to full-time college juniors, seniors and [...] More
CSPJ Foundation Bob Eddy Scholarship Program to Foster Journalism Careers
April 05, Annually
Sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Inc., the Bob Eddy Scholarship Program offers one $2,500 award, one $1,500 award, one $1,000 award and two $500 awards.
To apply for the scholarship students must:
- Be start their college junior or senior year in the fall
- Attend a four-year accredited college in Connecticut or be a Connecticut resident enrolled in [...] More
ABA Diversity Scholarship
The ABA Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally under-represented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry.
Eligible candidates must have completed, at a minimum, their first year of college at an accredited university; must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel, and [...] More
ABA Academic Merit Scholarship
The Academic Merit Scholarship is open to both ABA and non-ABA Members.
To be eligible, candidates will have completed, at a minimum, their first year of an accredited university (4-year university/college or junior college); must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel and tourism industry; must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Selection [...] More
Gus Swanson Memorial Scholarship
March 16, Annually
The Gus Swanson Memorial Communications Scholarship honors the late Gus Swanson, the Nebraskan who co-founded what has become the state’s largest marketing communications firm. A scholarship will be awarded to a Nebraska college/university student with a communications-related major who is of at least a sophomore standing, and a Nebraska high school senior who plans to pursue a [...] More
Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and Internship from Scholastic
January 27, Annually
The Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in public relations who would be able to fulfill a paid summer internship at the company’s New York City headquarters.
An applicant must be majoring or (for high school seniors) declaring a major in a communications-related field, including but not limited to advertising, broadcasting, communications, English, film, [...] More
Texas: Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship
February 20, Annually
The Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program provides financial assistance to students with financial need who are enrolled in graduate programs in public affairs, public service or public administration.
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
- Are Texas residents
- Show financial need
- Be enrolled as graduate students in public affairs, public service or public [...] More
Knowlton Operator's Scholarship
April 01, Annually
The Knowlton Operator's Scholarship is awarded to operators for training when budgetary constraints eliminate the opportunity for some to attend training for certification, advancement or professional development.
Applicants must reside or attend a college/university in New England to qualify for these scholarships. For further information, please contact Tom MacElhaney, Scholarship Committee [...] More
Lagrant Foundation Scholarships
February 28, Annually
The Lagrant Foundation annually provides 15 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.
Scholarship Criteria for Undergraduates:
Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the following criteria and [...] More
New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation Scholarship Program
January 27, Annually
The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards scholarships annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.
Awards are for use in the upcoming academic year.
- High school seniors who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT or PA, attend a high school in one of these states, [...] More
Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship
January 25, Annually
The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards the Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.
Each is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career in advertising [...] More
Ashland University/John M. Ashbrook Scholar Program
The purpose of the Ashbrook Scholar program is to broaden and deepen a student's thinking about public affairs and American politics, in particular. Through a top-rated and rigorous academic program embedded in the liberal arts tradition, Ashbrook Scholars are challenged to examine political ideas in the light of some of the greatest works of Western Civilization and the American political [...] More
Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship
March 15, Annually
The purpose of the Stoody-West Fellowship is to enhance the recipient's professional competence and thereby help to perpetuate the standards exemplified by Ralph Stoody and Arthur West. Religious journalism is interpreted to include news writing for secular press, church press and for church institutions. The committee will consider appropriate news and journalism forms, including electronic and [...] More
Hoods Memorial Scholarship
May 01, Annually
This scholarship is sponsored by individual donors and administered by EDSF.
To apply for this scholarship, complete the application "Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarships" found on our website.
EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace. These careers [...] More
MGMA Richard L. Davis, FACMPE/Barbara B. Watson, FACMPE – National Scholarship
May 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Richard L. Davis, FACMPE/Barbara B. Watson, FACMPE – National Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice [...] More