Each year, the Maine Public Relations Council awards a minimum of one, $1,000 scholarship, and a maximum of three, $1,000 scholarships, to graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing a communications-related field and accepted to attend an accredited Maine college or university.
The Arthur J. Marcoux Scholarship
This $1000 scholarship was announced by the Maine Public Relations Council Board in October, 2017 in memoriam of the late Arthur J. Marcoux, a long-time member of the MPRC community. It will be presented annually to a graduating high school senior accepted in a communications related course of study at an accredited Maine college or university in recognition of outstanding contributions to community service and academic achievement.
The Maine Public Relations Council Scholarship
If awarded, the other two $1000 Maine Public Relations Council Scholarships are awarded to a graduating high school senior interested in pursuing a career in a communications-related field of study and enrolled at an accredited Maine college or university; the award will recognize outstanding academic achievement, career aspirations and relevant course, volunteer, or work experience in a communications related field.
Eligible students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application, and must be a graduating high school senior. Applicants must also plan to pursue a major in an accredited communications program including public relations, broadcasting, journalism, marketing, advertising, or related communications areas. Submissions must include two references and two letters of recommendation, as well as a 500-word student essay highlighting professional aspirations and scholarship need. A single application is sufficient for all three awards.
Scholarship applications will be judged on criteria pertaining to career goals, financial need, any correlated work and volunteer experience, as well as overall professionalism. Successful applicants should also provide insight into their character and strengths.
The deadline for submissions for the 2023-24 academic year is May 30, 2023. Monetary awards will be made directly to the institution on behalf of the student and are to be applied to that student’s tuition costs the following year.
This year’s application is available here.