Students: Apply for Mentoring Scholarship

College students who mentor others are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship established by Culpwrit and announced today by PRSA Foundation.

I decided to set up the annual scholarship fund after being impressed with the caliber of up-and-coming PR talent I’ve met at the past two PRSSA national conferences.  Former colleague and past PRSSA chair Kevin Saghy and I discussed the idea, and he suggested focusing the award on student mentors since no such recognition program exists.

Administered by the PRSA Foundation, the scholarship will recognize a college student entering his or her senior year.  Candidates should be nominated by college or professional advisers, PRSSA adviser or by one of his or her peers.

As I’ve long advocated, mentoring doesn’t have to wait until you’re well established in your career.  Over the years, I have benefited from peer-to-peer mentoring and believe this unselfish quality of leadership deserves encouragement and recognition at the collegiate level.

The nomination form and other information about the program are available from the PRSA Foundation.

1 comment on this post.
  1. Elizabeth Cannon:

    I will definitely be sharing this with The University of Iowa PRSSA chapter, what a great idea.

    I know I would be lost without the senior who mentored me when I was a freshman and encouraged me to do an internship abroad. It’s so important to help young peers prepare early for a career in PR.

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