PPRS Awards 2012 Communications Scholarship to Messiah College Student
(Harrisburg) - The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society (PPRS) awarded this year’s $1,000 Communications Scholarship to Messiah College senior Emily Mohler. Mohler was selected from a group of 21 applicants and five outstanding finalists based on a wide variety of criteria, including academic achievement, community activities, employment experience and letters of recommendation.
"Emily truly embodies what we are looking for in a future public relations professional. Her strong writing and speaking skills, college grades and involvement with internships and the community make her an excellence choice for the communications scholarship," said PPRS President Mark O'Neill.
Mohler’s interest in communications began during her senior year at Cocalico High School in Denver, Pennsylvania when her journalism teacher appointed her editor-in-chief of the school yearbook. She credits her love of writing and multi-tasking combined with her passion for building relationships led her to pursue a degree in public relations.
In her first three years at Messiah, Mohler has taken advantage of many opportunities to channel this passion as a communications studies major with a concentration in public relations. While maintaining an impressive 3.8 GPA in the classroom, Emily has worked as a research assistant in the college’s Communication Department, a resident assistant at Messiah’s Philadelphia Campus, a writer for the college’s Office of Marketing and Public Relations, a Freshman Orientation group leader and vice president for the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at Messiah.
Mohler spent a semester in Cheltenham, England attending classes at the University of Gloucestershire and a semester at Temple University in Philadelphia as part of an urban experience. She interned at CURE International in Lemoyne, The Partnership CDC in Philadelphia and Extreme Home Makeover in Etters, providing her experience in writing blogs, newsletter articles and developing social media content plans.
“Emily’s excellent academic work and winsome personality quickly make a very positive impression,” wrote Beth Lorow, assistant director of Public Relations at Messiah College, in her letter of recommendation. “She has proven to be a very capable writer, an outstanding editor and a proficient member of our team – all necessary skills for a public relations professional.”
PPRS was formed in 1950 to support and elevate the professional standards of public relations practitioners, facilitate professional and social relations among such practitioners and disseminate professional information of benefit to individuals and the profession.