Calgary Legacy Scholarship launched by Canadian Public Relations Society (Calgary) and Communications + Public Relations Foundation

TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian Public Relations Society, Calgary chapter and the Communications + Public Relations Foundation have signed an agreement to partner in the establishment of the $1,000 Calgary Legacy Scholarship to be awarded annually to a student studying public relations/communications in a recognized program at one of Mount Royal University, University of Calgary, or SAIT Polytechnic.

Eligible students from those educational institutes will have completed year one of their studies and be entering second year, demonstrated overall understanding of public relations and communications, its theoretical and practical elements, values and principles. They must hold a student membership in CPRS Calgary.

The first submission deadline for application is February 29, 2012, with a winner determined by a jury of senior public relations professionals in March and announced in April.

Students will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, an application form, letter from their education institute that attests to eligibility and a two-page written submission on a specified topic.   Application forms and detailed information is available from the Communications + Public Relations Foundation, by contacting foundation@prmediaconnection.com. The Foundation will manage the Scholarship including the annual competition and establishment of a scholarship jury.

About CPRS

The Canadian Public Relations Society is a national public relations membership organization with 16 member societies based in major cities or organized province-wide. It establishes and encourages high levels of professional standards, ethics and studies in the field of public relations.

About the Communications + Public Relations Foundation

The Communications + Public Relations Foundation is a pan-Canadian organization that unites business, government, academic leaders and public relations practitioners in the advancement of public relations education through scholarships, awards, lectures and funding of research initiatives that promote ethical practice and professionalism in public communications.

During the past two years, The Foundation has made original public relations/communications research grants to two Calgarians— Jeremy Berry, MA, AMRC, APR, assistant professor at Mount Royal University, Calgary, to support his research:  An assessment of Perceived Writing Skills of Entry-Level Public Relations Practitioners in Canada, in co-operation with the Michigan State University; and to public relations practitioner, Colleen Killingsworth, MCM, APR, ABC, FCPRS,  a graduate student at McMaster University, Hamilton related to her research focussed on Executive Perspectives on Communication Leadership Competencies and Credentials.

The Foundation accepts individual and corporate contributions towards research and educational initiatives nationwide. All donors receive an income tax receipt for their gifts.

For more information about the Foundation and its public relations educational initiatives, contact Barbara Sheffield, Executive Director, Communications + Public Relations Foundation, foundation@prmediaconnection.com.

SOURCE Communications + Public Relations Foundation

For further information:

Janice Robertson, APR
President, CPRS Calgary
www.cprscalgary.com
www.cprs.ca
and
Benchmark Projects Ltd 
(403) 244-4843
Email: janice.benchmark@gmail.com

Barbara Sheffield, APR, FCPRS
Executive Director
Communications + Public Relations Foundation
Phone: (416) 242-6146
Email: foundation@prmediaconnection.com
www.cprs.ca/foundation

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