The Joanne Dring Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to up to two deserving PRSSA students from chapters located at universities in Indiana. The scholarships are $1,000 apiece, and the applications are judged by Hoosier Chapter PRSA members.

The Half Day with a Pro program is one of Hoosier Chapter PRSA's most exciting events each fall. PRSSA students are matched with Hoosier Chapter professionals to spend the morning shadowing them, then attend a PRSA luncheon. Experience levels of professionals who participate range from less than a year to more than 30 years in the PR field. The event is a can't-miss opportunity for students and professionals alike.

The Hoosier chapter's PRSSA committee sponsors five area universities with Public Relations Student Society of America charters. The PRSSA mission is twofold: 1) to serve student members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities and 2) to serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.

The Hoosier Chapter's PRSSA committee does that by sponsoring several events throughout the year for area PRSSA members. One of these events is the annual $1,000 Joanne Dring Memorial scholarship competition for PRSSA members. The PRSSA committee works with the New Professionals group to raise funds for the scholarship.

The Hoosier chapter also sponsors an annual "Half Day with a Pro." PRSSA students from all sponsored chapters are invited to shadow PRSA professionals in the workplace for half a day and then attend a PRSA luncheon.

PRSA also encourages sponsored chapters to make speaker requests. Many PRSA professionals volunteer their time to speak at PRSSA engagements.

PRSSA is working to collaborate more frequently with PRSSA chapters to offer other professional development opportunities. For example, PRSSA chapters were offered the opportunity to bid on work for Hoosier Chapter PRSA's 2000 media guide project.

For more information or to get involved, contact the PRSSA Committee co-chairs:

Theresa Browning
926-4662, ext. 137

Anita Sipes


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