Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship

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This unique $1,000 scholarship is designed to honor a student entering their senior year at a four year accredited institution for their mentoring of others and their promotion of public relations as a career choice. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is nominated by the college or professional advisor of a Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, or by their peers who can address the ways the nominee has helped others in their career and professional development, and how that individual has demonstrated their potential to be a strong mentor of others in their professional life. This award is not based on academic standing or courses taken.

Ron Culp is a consultant and professional director of the graduate program in public relations and advertising at DePaul University. During his 30-year corporate career, Culp held senior public relations positions at Ketchum, Eli Lilly, Pitney Bowes, Sara Lee and Sears, where he was senior vice president of public relations and government affairs. Culp's blog – – provides career advice for individuals pursuing careers in public relations. He has made a grant to the PRSA Foundation to make this award available to a PRSSA student.

The Nominee:
*Must be entering their senior year in college in Fall 2024
*Must be a major in public relations, journalism, or related fields
*Must be studying to prepare for a career in public relations
*Must be attending a four year accredited institution
*Must be in good standing as a member of a PRSSA Chapter

Nomination Process:
*Nomination letter made by someone other than the nominee who has first hand knowledge of the student’s mentoring capabilities and examples.
*Up to two additional letters of support for the nominee may be provided.
*A completed online scholarship application.
*A resume.

Judging Criteria:
*Demonstrated mentorship and leadership
*Commitment to public relations and the profession
*Letters of nomination

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024