Deadline extended for the 2016 CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship and 5 other scholarship facts!

By: Ashley Castellan with files from Bryon Taylor-Conboy

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CPRS volunteer Samantha Dutton-Jones (left) interviews the 2014 CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship winner, Stephanie Chow.

That’s right. For those who have a habit of leaving things until the last minute, we’ve extended the deadline for the 2016 CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship until Thursday, March 24. That means two extra weeks to submit your scholarship application for your chance at the $2000 prize!

Now that you’re aware of the new deadline, read on for five other facts about the scholarship.

1. Winners get a real professional boost.

Past winners have told us that the CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship helped kickstart their careers. Widelyrecognized 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. Part time students are eligible to apply.

For the first time ever, part time students are eligible to submit an application for the CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship. This means more competition from more students. All the more reason to showcase your best work. This is actually good because . . .

3. We want more competition.

Since the inception of the CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship in 1997*, most of the winners have been enrolled 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 March 24 deadline for your chance to put yourself, and your school, in the spotlight.

4. 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 2015 or the January 2016 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.

5. 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!

Make sure you back-up the information in your application with supporting material. Past winners have attached items like audio, video or newspaper clippings to showcase the results of their work.

Apply for the 2016 CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship by March 24.