RFP: 2015 PRo Bono Project

March 5, 2015  |  Home, News  |  No Comments  |  Share

NAPRCA Members Use Their Time and Talents to Give Back Through 2015 PRo Bono Project

The NAPRCA PRo Bono Project invites TN Valley nonprofits to enter their organization as a potential recipient of a free public relations strategy plan, developed by a team of skilled, public relations practitioners. This public outreach project, started in the early 90s, calls on NAPRCA members to use their unique skill set to lend a helping hand to groups that do so much for others on a daily basis.

For many non-profits, one of their greatest hurdles is the lack of a public relations strategy. These organizations devote themselves to helping others in need, but often times, due to lack of resources or time, their services and message do not reach their target audiences. Those audiences may be groups of people in need of help, or even groups of people looking to help others through the donation of their time or money.

The winning non-profit will be selected by the committee and PRCA Board. Projects with well-defined and realistic objectives are what make a great candidate. The selection committee is also seeking projects that will motivate NAPRCA members and inspire them to make a meaningful impact in their community. Organizations interested in applying for the 2015 PRo Bono Project should email completed applications to northalabamaprca@gmail.com no later than May 1st.

Giving Back Gives You a Leg Up.

The PRo Bono Project team is looking to add to its roster. In addition to helping select this year’s winning non-profit, the committee will meet with the organization’s staff to assess its needs. Not only will this allow members to learn more about their local non-profit community, but it also allows every member hands on experience in developing a strategic PR plan from the ground up. If you are looking to dive deeper into the PR community, reconnect with other members or serve as a guide to new professionals on the scene, please volunteer for this worthy cause. Committee meetings will begin in May to select the project recipient. Interested members should email northalabamaprca@gmail.com.

2015 PRo Bono Application Form

Scholarship Opportunity: Michael K. Simmons Memorial Scholarship

February 17, 2015  |  Home, News  |  No Comments  |  Share


Feb. 17, 2015

PRCA North Alabama Chapter seeks college scholarship applicants

2015 Michael K. Simmons Scholarship Application

The North Alabama Chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama is seeking college student applicants for the Michael K. Simmons Memorial Scholarship. The award is $2,000 toward the recipient’s tuition and fees for the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 terms. The scholarship is open to students majoring in public relations or public relations-related fields of study such as public communications, marketing, mass communications, or journalism. Students must be a member of the North Alabama chapter of PRCA, be enrolled in a university located in north Alabama, and have completed at least one semester of coursework.

The award selection will be based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, a faculty recommendation and an essay.

The North Alabama chapter of PRCA established the Michael K. Simmons Memorial Scholarship Program in 1994, with the purpose of encouraging students to explore the public relations profession and to introduce them to PRCA and the important role a professional organization can play in the early stages of their career. Funds for the scholarship are raised from individual member donations, professional development events and workshops.

“PRCA is committed to advancing the caliber and professionalism of the Public Relations profession, and that absolutely includes students. The North Alabama Chapter is proud to support emerging leaders in the Public Relations industry with this scholarship as well as access to training, mentoring and professional development opportunities,” said Leah Gradl, NAPRCA President. “We encourage all Public Relations students across North Alabama to engage in our professional organization and apply for this scholarship.”

All applications and support documents must be emailed to Dr. Beth Garfrerick, NAPRCA Student Chapter Liaison, by March 31 at bagarfrerick@una.edu. Questions about the Simmons scholarship may also be directed to bagarfrerick@una.edu or by calling 256-765-4941.

The Public Relations Council of Alabama seeks to promote the development of public relations practitioners through continuing education and increased awareness about the profession.