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FPRA Student Scholarships

FPRA offers financial support to students enrolled in a Florida college or university who are seeking a degree in public relations through the Florida Public Relations Education Foundation. Student members who are eligible may apply for the Dr. Robert Davis, APR, CPRC, Student Scholarship, a program held each spring and awarded at Annual Conference.

Dr. Davis (pictured standing next to FPRA founder Lt. Col. John W. Dillin) was FPRA State President in 1988. Dr. Davis' passion for his students led him to create Quotes, a student chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, which has gone on to teach leadership skills to countless graduates. In 2007, in an effort to recognize the tremendous efforts of Dr. Davis, the State Board voted to name our student scholarship in his honor. Dr. Davis passed away in 2013. 

Eligibility Requirements


Students must be incoming juniors or seniors who have currently enrolled and been accepted, full-time, in an upper division public relations or related track at an accredited college or university and slated for graduation not earlier than the following fall semester. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A transcript from your school, a resume and the required essay must be submitted with your application. (See application for more inforamtion on the required essay.) Membership in an FPRA professional or an FPRA Student Chapter is required. Students who are not currently members of FPRA or an FPRA Student Chapter are invited to submit a completed membership application along with their scholarship application. Student membership dues are $30.

Please type or fill out the application in ink (print legibly). The application must be accompanied by your transcript, resumé and an essay answering one of the following four questions.

  1. What do you think is the most important issue or trend affecting PR today and why?
  2. Do you think social media can be an effective medium for changing a target audience's way of thinking and ultimate behavior? Based on your response, provide a real world example(s) to support your answer.
  3. Over the last ten years, how has the PR profession changed and where do you see the profession going in the next ten years and why?
  4. What do you think was the most valuable aspect of your Public Relations education and how has this part of your education prepared you to enter today's job market?

The essay must be an original, typed, double-spaced and no longer than two pages document. For those students interested in submitting an application for a scholarship, it is recommended that the following writing tips be reviewed.

Selection Process
Winners of the FPREF Scholarships are selected based on a recommendation from the Past Presidents' Council of the Association. Scholarship winners will be notified in April.

Scholarship winners also receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement and will be honored during the Presidents' Luncheon at the FPRA Annual Conference in August. In addition, the winning essay may be published in FPRA's statewide electronic newsletter.
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