It’s April once again, which means you’re probably thinking about beautiful flower blossoms, nicer days… and the 2015 CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship deadline on April 24! Whether you’ve just heard about this opportunity or are about to fire off your application, here are a few lesser-known facts.
1. Winners get a real professional boost
Past winners have told us that the CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship helped kickstart their careers. Widely recognized in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley as a platform for up-and-coming PR excellence, this scholarship has a solid track record of setting recipients apart from their competition—the kind of boost that helps students land jobs.
2. We want more competition.
Since the inception of the CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship in 1997*, most of the winners have been enrolled full-time in Kwantlen’s Public Relations Diploma program. In fact, the 2014 winner, SFU student Stephanie Chow, was only the second non-Kwantlen recipient. What does this year hold? Submit your applications online before the April 24 deadline for your chance to put yourself, and your school, in the spotlight.
3. Even if you graduated early, you’re still eligible.
Are you a registered CPRS Vancouver student member who graduated from a full-time PR or communications program in the Fall 2014 or the January 2015 semester? Don’t worry. The scholarship is geared to encompass work done throughout the year, so those who graduated early can still apply. Just make sure you can prove the work in your submission was completed while you were still a full-time student and don’t forget to include a copy of your final transcript.
4. The more creative, the better!
From campaigns designed to help sell used text books, to awareness campaigns featuring guide dogs, judges have seen some very interesting and creative examples of real-world PR work. Well-crafted and well-executed PR campaigns of course get top points. But a well-crafted, executed, and conceptually-outstanding PR campaign? Now that’s the golden ticket!
5. You can include any kind of media in your application.
Showcasing real-world PR work requires that you show the background, strategy, execution, measurement, and “lessons learned” of your chosen project. Back up what you say with evidence. Past winners have included supporting materials (e.g., audio or video recordings, or newspaper clippings) in their application.
Apply for the 2015 CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship here.
*Formerly known as the Dean Miller Scholarship