The PRSA Hawaii APR scholarship program was established to encourage and support qualified public relations professionals in Hawaii to pursue the APR credential by providing financial assistance and resources. The APR is the only certification for public relations practitioners and recognizes significant knowledge, skills, and abilities in the practice of public relations.
Up to four scholarships of $500 each will be awarded annually to help recipients cover the expenses associated with the APR certification process. Disbursement is made in two increments:
- A check for $250 upon the chapter’s approval of the recipient’s scholarship application. This covers the majority of the $385 cost of the APR application to PRSA National.
- A check for $250 upon the chapter’s receipt of the notice from PRSA National that the scholarship recipient has passed the APR exam.
The recipient will also receive a $110 rebate from PRSA National upon completion of the APR exam.
The deadline to submit applications for the 2017 PRSA Hawaii APR Scholarship is Monday, July 31, 2017. Qualifying applications will be approved and scholarships awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Recipients of the PRSA Hawaii APR Scholarship must:
- Be Hawaii chapter members;
- Be personally responsible for covering all fees associated with the APR process (APR candidates whose employer is covering any expenses are ineligible for the scholarship);
- Meet all requirements of the PRSA National APR Application;
- Complete the exam process within one year of the application deadline; for 2017 scholarship recipients, the deadline for completion of the exam would be June 2, 2018.
- Commit to serve in a volunteer capacity for PRSA Hawaii for a minimum of one year; and
- Complete and submit this form to the contact person listed below by the application deadline; the deadline for 2017 is July 31, 2017.
Scholarship recipients who do not meet or maintain the above requirements, or who choose not to continue pursuing the credential for any reason will be required to reimburse the chapter for any amounts previously paid If the scholarship recipient is unable to complete the APR computer-based examination during the eligibility period, the scholarship recipient will be responsible for any deadline extension costs required by UAB. Reimbursement will not be required or expected if the recipient takes the APR exam and does not pass.
Complete the PRSA Hawaii 2017 APR Scholarship Application and submit it to PRSA Hawaii Accreditation Co-Chair David Pettinger, APR.