The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), the nation's non-profit organization dedicated to helping Hispanic professional communicators enter and advance within the public relations and marketing communications fields, announced the start of its 2009 scholarship program application period. One $2,500 and nine $1,000 scholarships are available for four-year university students pursuing a degree in public relations or and related communications fields.
The scholarship program was created to recognize outstanding undergraduate Hispanic students who are pursuing a career in public relations and related communications fields. To date, HPRA has awarded more than $210,000.
"The HPRA scholarship program is important because Hispanic communication professionals continue to be in high demand," said Ivette Zurita of Edelman Public Relations, who is serving her second term as organization president. "HPRA is the only Hispanic organization that fosters Hispanic talent by helping students enter and advance in the industry."
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
‘«ů Be enrolled in a college or university by Fall/2009 semester.
‘«ů Be Southern California natives/residents who attend school in California.
‘«ů Be an incoming junior and senior student of at least 25 percent Hispanic descent with a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in their major subject.
‘«ů Be legal residents.
‘«ů Major in Public Relations, communication studies, journalism, advertising, and/or marketing. (Students majoring in other disciplines who have a desire to work in the public relations industry also are invited to apply)
‘«ů Complete and submit all written materials required as part of application process
Complete application details and forms are available at www.hpra-usa.org. HPRA's College Outreach Directors are also available for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is Friday, June 5, 2009.
Scholarships recipients will be notified in late August and will have the opportunity to attend the HPRA's 25th Anniversary PRemio Awards & Scholarship Dinner in October.
HPRA was founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization to establish a network of Hispanics employed in the public relations profession in the Southern California area. HPRA has more than 250 members representing public relations, marketing and advertising professionals from agencies, government, non-profit and corporate companies. HPRA is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic professionals and provides educational seminars and workshops throughout the year. The organization has awarded more than $210,000 in scholarships to Latino students pursuing a career in communications during the last 25 years. HPRA strives to be a resource for communications professionals and for those seeking insights into the Hispanic market. For more information please visit www.hpra-usa.org.