The awards will be payable to the recipient’s university for the recipient’s use, and can only be used to fund educational pursuits.
The PRSA Houston Scholarship Program awards various scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Applicants can be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student. There is also a one-time PRSA Houston Hurricane Harvey Scholarship available to those impacted by the disaster. All scholarship applicants must be pursuing a degree in public relations or related fields and either must have graduated from a high school in the southeast Texas Region or be attending a southeast Texas-area college/university.
*NEW: Applicants must be students who GRADUATED high school in the southeast Texas Region or students attending a southeast Texas-area college/university.
*While not required, preference is given to students attending institutions that have official Public Relations Student Society of America Chapters sponsored by PRSA Houston. These institutions include the University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin University, & Texas A&M University. Students attending other institutions are still encouraged to apply for the scholarship.
*Recipient must have a declared major in communications, public relations, journalism or marketing and have a desire to practice the public relations profession.
*Preferred minimum grade point average of 3.25 in the major and 3.00 overall.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
*Participation in professional organizations participation and leadership (preference given to PRSSA participation)
*Community involvement, collegiate activities, letters of recommendation
*Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview. The final decision will be based on the combined application (50%) and interview scores (50%).
To apply for this award, please submit the following materials:
*The completed application form.
*Letter of recommendation.
*Writing assignment: Write a press release stating you are the winner of our scholarship this year. Include characteristics you have that made your application stand out above the other applicants, as well as any other information you feel would be appropriate for a press release. The quality of writing will weigh heavily on the decision of who will be the scholarship recipient. Be sure to use AP style writing. You will want to closely check spelling and grammar. The writing sample should be one page, typed in MS Word.
*Optional: Work Sample
The Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America began offering scholarships in 2001 in ITS MISSION to support the growth and development of the public relations profession in the southeast Texas region.