Integrative Public Relations Scholarships

IPR Students

The IPR program has scholarships and award opportunities for you to attend conferences and assist with internship expenses.

The Diane S. Krider PRSSA Chapter Young Professional Award is a non-need-based award of $1,000 designed to encourage professionalism through continued engagement with PRSSA and involvement in professional networking and learning opportunities.

In order to qualify for the award, you must meet the following requirements: 

1. Be a signed IPR major.
2. Be pursuing a career in public relations.
3. Be a minimum of a junior (must be a senior by the fall of the award year).
4. Have a grade of C or better in each course in the major including electives and a minimum 3.0 GPA overall in the major.
5. Be a member of PRSSA for at least two semesters prior to receiving the award (current semester can be counted).
6. Be a full-time student during at least one semester of the award year (December graduates are eligible).
7. Be actively engaged in professional activities.

Each year the award recipients are honored during the CMU PRSSA spring banquet.

The award is announced in Spring semester.

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The Integrative Public Relations Alumni Award was created by 2002 IPR alumna Anne Gaertner and is funded by campaign contributions from IPR alumni and friends. The non-need-based award will provide assistance to attend the National PRSSA conference.

The award will provide $500 to each recipient to be used toward conference fees and related travel.

Award qualifications:
1. Must be a signed IPR major.
2. Must have an interest in a pursuing a career in public relations.
3. Must have a cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 or higher.
4. Preference is given to members of PRSSA/PR Central who show leadership in the organization or to students who show leadership in public relations activities in the university and community.

Each year the award recipients are honored during the CMU PRSSA spring banquet.

The award is announced in Spring semester.

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Tony Cervone was named senior vice president, Global Communications, in May 2014. As GM’s top communications executive, he is responsible for the company’s overall global communications strategy, including the GM Foundation and corporate giving activities.  

Prior to his current position, Cervone served as executive vice president of Group Communications for Volkswagen Group of America. He also was senior vice president and chief communications officer for United Airlines. Cervone was previously at GM from 1999 to 2009 in various executive roles. He began his career at Chrysler Group and DaimlerChrysler AG.

Cervone earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University where he majored in Journalism. He is a member of the Arthur Page Society, the Public Relations Society of America and The Seminar. He is a board member of The LaGrant Foundation and Detroit Children’s Fund.

Award qualifications:
1.Signed major in JRN, BCA or IPR
2. Demonstrates financial need
3. Min cumulative GPA of 3.0

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This award was established by Ashleigh V. Laabs, ’07 alumna, to support an undergraduate participating in an internship within the College of the Arts and Media. 

Ashleigh Laabs is founder and chief growth officer of A. Victoria MAE, a fractional marketing company.

Award qualifications:
The recipient must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior full time. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the Integrative Public Relations or Broadcast and Cinematic Arts programs. Preference will also be given to those who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, as defined by their participation in extracurricular activities associated with entrepreneurialism, marketing, public relations, media, and the arts.

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This scholarship was established in 2008 by James J. '83 and Kallie Bila '85 Michels. James (Jim) and Kallie wish to assist students studying Journalism, Broadcast & Cinematic Arts or Integrative Public Relations in broadening their experiences and knowledge through internship opportunities.

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