PRSA Detroit Invests in Future of PR with Two Student Scholarships

Photo Caption: Brittany Battista, Eastern Michigan University, was presented with one of the 2019 Donald P. Durocher Memorial Scholarship awards, by Scott Simons, APR, PRSA Detroit Scholarship Fundraising chair.

The Donald P. Durocher Memorial Scholarship deadline is March 31, 2020

Undergraduate college students in Michigan have the opportunity to apply for two $2,000 scholarships provided by PRSA Detroit’s Education Fund, which is administered by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM). The Donald P. Durocher Memorial Scholarship are available for undergraduate students majoring in public relations, journalism, communications or a related field. Applicants must be full-time students for the 2020 calendar year and seniors graduating in 2020 are not eligible.

The scholarship application consists of a series of questions in essay form, including questions about the applicant’s view of the PR profession, experience as a PR practitioner and an option to include writing samples or case studies. Finalists may be required to participate in a face-to-face or phone interview by the Scholarship Committee judges. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.

In addition to the monetary value, the scholarship can also serve as a launch pad into a successful career in PR and Communications. Some past scholarship winners reflect on the award:

Tim Wieland, PR Manager, Bosch – 2002 scholarship winner. Eastern Michigan University.

“The scholarship gave me a platform to introduce myself to the PRSA Detroit community and many potential employers. I also built some great relationships with professionals already in PRSA Detroit.

The scholarship is a great way to get your name out with potential employers. The application process helps you begin to tell your story and determine how you will market yourself as you enter the job market. And if you win, the stage at the PRSA Detroit Annual Meeting is unparalleled free exposure in front of a bunch of potential employers. Of course the scholarship money helps, too! The Durocher scholarship was the boost I needed to get through my senior year without taking out any loans and graduate from school debt-free.”

Catia Sabak, Integrated Marketing Specialist, Detroit Regional Chamber – 2014 scholarship winner, Wayne State University

“Receiving this award – being acknowledged for academic and professional merit – at the PRSA Detroit annual meeting got my name on many of the industry’s most prominent local leaders’ radars. This recognition meant exposure to potential employers and mentors and led to introductions that helped me build my career before finishing school.

It’s a small extra task that’s not only worthwhile fiscally, but is a satisfying acknowledgement of the tireless work so many students put into their educations. And speaking from experience, it’s a sure-fire way to kick start your career and local professional network.”

Stefan Cross, APR, is an Assistant Communications Manager at General Motors representing Cadillac, a national/Detroit chapter member of PRSA and board of directors member. He serves as the board liaison for the PRSA Detroit Scholarships committee.