Each year the MPRC awards a minimum of one, $1,000 scholarship, and a maximum of three, $1,000 scholarships, to students attending an accredited Maine college or university.
Each year MPRC awards a minimum of one, $1,000 scholarship to students attending an accredited Maine college or university and majoring in a PR related field. They are scored based on professional aspirations; financial need; work/volunteer experience in the communications field; as well as presentation of application. The Arthur J. Marcoux Scholarship, recognizes the community service performed by applicants.
- Committee members were brought to tears by barriers that students work through today to achieve their dreams;
- Consequently, awarding all applicants with complimentary MPRC membership to recognize impressive achievements
- However, one applicant stood out
Melinda White (left) pictured with MPRC Board Member Patricia Erikson was awarded the 2018 Arthur J. Marcoux Scholarship for Outstanding Community Service.
- from Gorham;
- She is a Communications major and an Accounting minor;
- Junior year at Thomas College;
- Interning for Day’s Jewelers in Waterville and also for Portland Radio Group,
- our recipient is engaged with radio production, blogging, social media marketing, and graphic design;
- Her professors note that when her assignment asks for just a wire-frame design, she hands in an entire website.
- They noted the leadership and mentoring role that she plays with other students. They noted her maturity, work ethic, and intellectual curiosity.
For this Marcoux Scholarship, demonstration of community service is required and so the committee read with interest about her role in creating a Giving Tree for the Maine Children’s Home that services children in need for the Greater Waterville area.
Arthur J. Marcoux Outstanding Community Service Scholarship
The first $1,000 scholarship is the Arthur J. Marcoux Scholarship for Outstanding Community Service. This scholarship was established to honor the late Arthur J. Marcoux, a longtime member of the MPRC community. The award recognizes a student’s outstanding contributions to community service.
Outstanding Academic Achievement Scholarship
If awarded, the other two $1000 Maine Public Relations Council Scholarships are awarded for outstanding academic achievement. A single application is sufficient for all three awards.
2018 scholarship applications were received from:
- U. Maine
- St. Joe’s
- Thomas College
Eligible students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application, and must be of freshman, sophomore, or junior standing. Applicants must also major in an accredited communications program including public relations, broadcasting, journalism, marketing, advertising, or related communications areas. Submissions must include two faculty references and two letters of recommendation, as well as a 500-word student essay highlighting professional aspirations and scholarship need.
Scholarship applications will be judged on criteria pertaining to career goals, financial need, correlated work and volunteer experience, as well overall professionalism. Monetary awards are made directly to the institution on behalf of the student and is to be applied to that student’s tuition costs the following year. All students not receiving a scholarship are encouraged to reapply next year.
MPRC Board Member Trevor Jones with 2017 Scholarship Recipient Kaleigh Haroldsen
To request a 2019 scholarship application, contact:
MPRC Scholarship Chair