STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

L-R: Christen Duhe, 2019 PRAM President; Tanya Rankin, CSpire; Ryan Whittington, 2019 PRAM VP Student Services; Kali Hicks, 2019 Student of the Year Recipient; Davis Roberts, 2019 Greg Raimondo Outstanding PR Student Recipient; Dr. Robin Street, University of Mississippi

PRAM’s Student of the Year Award is bestowed to one student annually who exemplifies the professionalism, goals, and ideals of the public relations profession. The Student of the Year winner is announced at the annual PRAM Conference, where they are presented with a $1,000 scholarship and the Student of the Year Award. One student also receives the Greg Raimondo Outstanding PR Student award.

Eligible students meet the following requirements: (a) must be an undergraduate at a Mississippi university or college that offers at least one course with the words ‘public relations’ in the course title, (b) must be a full-time student, (c) must have completed at least one course with the words ‘public relations’ in the title by the end of December of the year they are nominated, and (d) must be a public relations, communication, journalism or marketing communications major. Each applicant’s score is based on academic excellence and academic honors along with public relations activities and experience; campus involvement plus community activities; and the articulation of future goals and a letter of recommendation from the student’s nominating professor/instructor.

Each Student of the Year Award nominee, and the nominating professor/instructor, receives recognition at the PRAM state conference, among other opportunities.

2022 Student of the Year applications now being accepted

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 18. They may be submitted by email to matt.westerfield@medicaid.ms.gov or mailed to Matt Westerfield, APR PRAM Vice President – Student Services 2941 Pine Ridge Dr. Pearl, MS 39208

PAST WINNERS

2021
Student of the Year – Karie Pinnix, Mississippi State University
Greg Raimondo Outstanding PR Student – Abbie Kate Hancock, Mississippi State University

2020
Student of the Year – Marisa Laudadio, Mississippi State University
Greg Raimondo Outstanding PR Student – Karsyn King, University of Mississippi

2019
Student of the Year – Kali Hicks, Mississippi State University
Greg Raimondo Outstanding PR Student – Davis Roberts, University of Mississippi

2018
Student of the Year – Taylor White, Mississippi State University
Outstanding PR Student – Lauren Case, Mississippi State University

2017
Student of the Year – Rachel Anderson, The University of Mississippi

2016
Student of the Year – Kathryn Duke, The University of Southern Mississippi
Outstanding PR Student – Tori Lynn Olker, The University of Mississippi

2015
Student of the Year – Christine B. Bowman, Mississippi State University
Outstanding PR Student – Chelsea E. Dillard, Mississippi State University

2014
Student of the Year – Ashley Dillard – Mississippi College
Outstanding PR Student – Karelia Schmitz – University of Southern Mississippi

2013
No awards conferred.

2012
Student of the Year – Kristie Warino – University of Mississippi
Outstanding PR Student – Foster Page – Mississippi State University

2011
Student of the Year – Elizabeth Fine – Mississippi State University
Outstanding PR Student – Erin Parsons – University of Mississippi

2010
Student of the Year – Kayla Bradley – Mississippi State University
Outstanding PR Student – Jennifer Puhr – Mississippi State University

Prior to 2010, PRAM awarded a scholarship to a deserving student nominated by a professor.