PRSA Pittsburgh Bob O'Gara Scholarship 2021
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This award’s recipient will receive $2,000 and recognition during the PRSA Renaissance Awards 2021.

- Eligibility & Criteria -

- Undergraduate students, regardless of their delared major, are eligible to participate in the PRSA Renaissance Student Awards.
- Students must be currently enrolled and fully matriculated in an accredited four-year college or university in the Western Pennsylvania area.
- Students must have at least one semester of full-time school remaining in their undergraduate degree.
Interested students must be able to demonstrate, through their academic record and application, their commitment to pursuing a career in public relations.
- High standards of achievement in academics Involvement in school, community, social, political, or other extracurricular activities
- Evidence of personal character, leadership, and citizenship
- Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the profession and practice of public relations

All applications and related materials become the property of the Public Relations Society of America/Pittsburgh Chapter, which reserves the right to verify all information. Incorrect information may result in disqualification.

QUESTIONS: Email and we will get back to you ASAP.
Please email the follow materials to and then complete this entry form.
- A complete and current academic transcript.
- Students may secure the written endorsement of not more than two individuals who are familiar with their academic performance and/or their knowledge of public relations concepts. These individuals may not be members of the applicant’s family. Endorsers may endorse only one student for the PRSA Renaissance Student Awards.

Choose 3 of 5 of the following topics and write your responses in a Word document to share along with the rest of your materials.

1. What do you think are the most important skills a public relations professional must possess in order to be effective in today’s globally competitive environment? Candidly evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses in the skills you identify. (250 words maximum)

2. In what field (i.e., business, health care, politics, nonprofit, the arts, other) would you like to focus your career in public relations, and why? (100 words maximum)

3. If you could influence the future direction of the public relations profession in any way, what would you hope to accomplish? (100 words maximum)

4. What do you think are the two greatest challenges facing the public relations profession today? In your opinion, what must be done to address these challenges? (200 words maximum)

5. Identify a well-known American “public relations role model” - an individual or organization that, in your judgment, exercises the concepts and practices of public relations effectively, and with the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. Explain. (225 words maximum)

Your name *
Your school, degree and graduation month/year *
Your address *
Your phone *
Your email *
Total Credits Completed to Date *
Overall GPA *
Major GPA *
GPA Credits Completed to Date *
GPA Credits Completed to Date *
Academic honors, awards, or scholarships *
Other honors or awards - community or public service, professional, other *
Other honors or awards - community or public service, professional, other *
Participation in school, community, social, political, professional, or other extracurricular activities since graduation from high school- identify any leadership roles *
Internships, work study programs, or related professional training experience in public relations *
Why have you elected to focus your career goals on the profession of public relations? Discuss any events, trends, or influences which helped lead you to this decision. *
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