TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - The Communications + Public Relations
Foundation, in partnership with Torchia Communications, announces the
2014 Torchia Scholarship, for students studying in public
relations/communications programs across Canada. The scholarship
celebrates Canada's history of bilingualism and multiculturalism.
Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014 for students who will finish
their first year of study in Spring 2014 and be entering a second year
of public relations and communications study in September 2014, in a
degree program, a multi-year diploma or a certification program that
meets recognized standards of education. The Scholarship is valued at
$1,500 and is for the winner's second year of academic study.
Established in 2007, the Scholarship has been awarded annually to a
public relations student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice
of bilingualism in the Canadian communications and public relations
profession. The Scholarship was inspired by the career of Armand
Torchia, who co-founded The Houston Group with Stan Houston, and
Torchia Communications with his son Jean-Claude.
Eligible students are those who have chosen to study public relations or
communications in one of Canada's two official languages that is not
his/her first language or mother tongue. Past recipients include
winners with a variety of language and cultural backgrounds—English
studying in French, French studying in English, and a number of winners
whose first language is neither English nor French and who have
facility in three or more languages.
"Speaking multiple languages enriches students, gives them a competitive
edge and a greater appreciation for other cultures and ways of
thinking, which often leads to exciting career opportunities," said
Jean-Claude Torchia, President, CEO and co-founder of Torchia
Communications. "Torchia Communications is very proud to support this
Scholarship and what it represents. We look forward to many
submissions next Spring to be reviewed by a jury of experts and a
According to Gordon McIvor, Chair of the Communications + Public
Relations Foundation, who is fluent in both English and French, "this
Scholarship demonstrates a commitment to breaking down barriers, and to
creating an understanding about cultural differences within the country
so that we might create a stronger shared identity."
The Torchia Scholarship monies are managed by the Communications +
Public Relations Foundation. The Foundation promotes the advancement of
communications and public relations as vital functions in society, is
dedicated to the public interest, and is committed to increasing public
knowledge and awareness of the role of communications and public
relations in daily life.
The Foundation accepts individual and corporate contributions towards
research and educational initiatives nationwide.
For more information about the Scholarship, its criteria and how to
apply, as well as its other educational initiatives, contact Barbara
Sheffield, Executive Director, Communications + Public Relations
Foundation, Suite 1515, 73 Widdicombe Hill Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, M9R
4B3, or phone 416 242-6146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Communications + Public Relations Foundation
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Torchia Jury Chair