Sunday, December 29, 2013

Scholarship Opportunity for Public Relations Majors

Received the following information recently for students interested in Public Relations or Communications as a major (In state colleges).  

ALABAMA SCHOOL Public Relations Association SCHOLARSHIP

2014 Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

The Alabama School Public Relations Association is a statewide coalition of professional school communicators. ALSPRA offers financial support to students who plan to enroll in an Alabama college or university after high school graduation and who plan to seek a degree in communication, public relations or a related field. Student members who are eligible may apply for the education scholarship program offered at the beginning of each calendar year and awarded at the annual ALSPRA Conference in mid-Spring.


The candidate must be interested in pursuing a public relations major, communication major or emphasis track at a university or college within the state of Alabama. The candidate must be a high school junior or senior at an Alabama public school with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

An official transcript from your high school must be submitted with your application. Applicants who participate in a school organization related to journalism, public relations, communication, student media or marketing or who are members of a local, state or national public relations organization are preferred.

Please type or fill out the student scholarship application in black or blue ink (print legibly). The application must be accompanied by your transcript, résumé and response to an essay question related to the public relations field.

Select one of the two questions presented below for your essay. Choose the question that best suits your interests in public relations. The essay must be original, typed, double-spaced and no longer than two pages, approximately 800 words.

1.     What do you think is the most important issue or trend affecting PR today and why? Give real-world examples.

2.     Over the last 10 years, how has the PR profession changed and where do you see the profession going in the next 10 years and why?

The scholarship winner will be selected by an ALSPRA committee and notified by mid-February. ALSPRA will award one $500 scholarship and present the winner with a certificate in recognition of his or her achievement. The winner will be honored during the Annual ALSPRA Conference luncheon in mid-Spring. In addition, the winning essay may be published on ALSPRA’s website.


The deadline for the 2014 ALSPRA Student Scholarship is January 31. Mail your application to: ALSPRA, P.O. Box 2093, Montgomery, AL 36102-2093 or email it to .  Once received by ALSPRA, your essay and application materials become property of the Association and will not be returned.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

State Department Financial Aid Website; Kuder

The State Department has terms and financial aid posted as this link.  Great information!

This link is also on the Kuder Career Planning System Website (  You do not need to login to get to this information.  Kuder is a online tool that is being implemented in the 8th and 9th grade curriculum, but I will also be visiting the 10-12 classrooms to get them started.  Each student will have access to this program after graduation.  More information to follow!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Don't Forget! Smith Foundation Scholarship

Please check out this scholarship!  It is a local application and the foundation sent letters out at the beginning of the year saying that not many students had taken advantage of it previously.  There is no ACT minimum, but you have to take the ACT before an award can be made.  The only qualifications are a minimum of a C+ GPA, plan to attend a 4 year public college in Alabama and you must demonstrate a significant contribution to family or community.
Students who have exhibited a dedication and sense of integrity through their volunteer, community service work or assistance to their family are encouraged to apply.  They are seeking students who have struggled against the odds (financial, home life or disabilities) and proved they are willing to help those around them.

Go to to apply!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Kindness Cure - Great Video

If you have a minute - please check out this Corner on Character blog post from Barbara Gruner.  You will find a great video embedded from people and companies practicing Random Acts of Kindness...