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Professional Scholarships

 
Florida Public Relations Association Annual Conference Scholarship
The FPRA Pensacola Chapter offers a scholarship to attend FPRA’s Annual Conference. The scholarship will be awarded to an FPRA Pensacola chapter member, whether they have attended previous annual conferences or not, who demonstrates a professional and financial need. Winners will be selected by the current Pensacola Chapter Board or past-presidents if a board member applies. Applications for the 2016 Annual Conference are due July 1. Click here to apply.

 

Florida Public Relations Education Foundation Professional Scholarship

The Florida Public Relations Education Foundation offers a scholarship to FPRA's Annual Conference. Details will be posted closer to the date of the event.

 

Student Scholarships

 

FPRA State 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. FPREF will award one $1,500 scholarship. Applications coming soon.

 

Pensacola Chapter Scholarships
FPRA Penascola Chapter annually awards $500 scholarships to student FPRA members seeking a degree in Public Relations from the University of West Florida. Winners will be announced at the chapter meeting in January.

 

Horace W. "Pete" Olcott scholarship

Horace W. "Pete" Olcott, Manager of Public Relations at Gulf Power Company, founded the Miracle Strip, now Pensacola Chapter of FPRA in 1957. He moved to Pensacola in 1952 to begin his career with Gulf Power Company, where he remained until his retirement.

During his lifetime, Mr. Olcott was active in the Pensacola community. Among his varied interests were the Pensacola Symphony, the Chamber of Commerce and the Pensacola Historical Society. One of his more visible efforts was in the placement of the statue of Andrew Jackson in Plaza Ferdinand in downtown Pensacola.

This scholarship is named for Mr. Olcott in grateful appreciation for his dedication to and his love for the public relations profession.

 

Lt. Col. John W. Dillin, APR, CPRC scholarship

Lt. Colonel John W. Dillin, APR, CPRC was the founding president of the Florida Public Relations Association. In 1938, Lt. Col. Dillin, publicity director of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, coordinated a meeting with 45 interested publicity and media executives in Tampa to discuss forming an organization dealing with publicity and public relations. As a result, the Florida Association of Publicity Relations Directors (later changed to the Florida Public Relations Association) was born.

Executive meetings were held throughout the year in several locations in the state prior to the first annual meeting in St. Augustine. Chapters, including student chapters at several universities, were formed throughout the state with its membership numbering more than 1,000.

Because of his vision and desire to establish a statewide organization to enable public relations practitioners to "do our jobs better," and his dedication to the public relations field, we name this scholarship for Lt. Colonel John W.  Dillin, APR, CPRC.

 

Scott R. Harrington, APR, CPRC scholarship

Scott R. Harrington has been dedicated to both the Florida Public Relations Association and the public relations field since he began working with Gulf Power Company in 1978.

He has served the Pensacola Chapter as president on two occasions, as well as on the State Executive Committee as vice president during the 1980s, also serving as Annual Conference and Golden Image chair. In August 2000, he was sworn in as Counselors' Network chair, again serving on the Executive Committee. From 2001-2003, Harrington served as FPRA's Vice President Member Services on the Executive Committee.

Both accredited and certified, he was the 1998 recipient of the Lt. Col. John W. Dillin Award, the highest award bestowed on an individual by FPRA, for contributions to the association and the public relations profession.

Scott retired from Gulf Power in 2004. Because of his dedication to FPRA and his involvement in "growing our own" public relations professionals through student involvement, internships and scholarships, we name this scholarship for Scott R. Harrington, APR, CPRC.

 

Eileen M. Perrigo, APR scholarship

Eileen M. Perrigo was the driving force in teaching hundreds of public relations students at the University of West Florida.

As a faculty member in the department of Communication Arts at UWF, Eileen taught PR for 23 years. She integrated the students into the Pensacola FPRA chapter so they could network for future internships and job opportunities. She selected students to serve as student liaisons for the Pensacola FPRA chapter. Her PR Campaigns classes won numerous Golden Image awards for their PR efforts within the state of Florida.

As former president of the Pensacola chapter, Eileen received the state’s Doris Fleischman “unsung hero” award for her continuous support and dedication to FPRA.

Eileen retired in 2014. Because of her commitment to FPRA and preparing future public relations professionals at the University of West Florida, we name this scholarship for Eileen M. Perrigo, APR.

 

2016 Scholarship Recipients 

 

Eileen Perrigo, APR Scholarship - Grace Tennyson
Grace Tennyson serves the Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter as the Student Liaison for the 2015-2016 academic year. She will graduate from the University of West Florida with a communication arts degree, specializing in public relations, in April 2016.
As a student at the University of West Florida, Grace is active in several organizations: Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, the American Marketing Association, and Kappa Delta Sorority. While attending the university, Tennyson worked as a Resident Assistant in the Department of Housing and Residence Life, and currently is employed as a Career Peer for the Department of Career Services. She has had the opportunity and enjoyment of serving on the Dean of University College Search Committee, the Undergraduate Student Staff Selection Committee, and as a Recruitment Counselor for the College Panhellenic Council.

 

Horace W. "Pete" Olcott Scholarship - Jenny Ard

Jennifer is a junior at the University of West Florida double majoring in public relations and political science. She works at panera bread and is a mentor to a 4th grader at Lipscomb elementary. She also teaches yoga.

 

Scott Harrington, APR, CPRC Scholarship - Hakeem Douglas

Hakeem Douglas, from Orlando, FL, Junior, major Communications: Public Relations, Minor Military Science. Proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity inc. I am also part of the Army ROTC program at the University of West Florida, being said i will be commission as a 2nd Lieutenant officer after graduation. While at the university of west florida i have been a senator, resident assistant, student admission representative for undergraduate admissions and have served apart of a diversity board for the University West Florida.

 

Congratulations! Each student received a $500 scholarship. We are proud to have you in the FPRA Pensacola Chapter and look forward to seeing you grow!