The Tampa Bay Chapter of PRSA proudly supports the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at the University of South Florida. The student chapter strives to serve its members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities. Their goal is to serve the public relations profession by helping develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.

PRSA Tampa Bay awards two scholarships each year to students at the University of South Florida (USF) who are majoring in public relations. The scholarships are named for two PRSA Tampa Bay Chapter members who made a significant impact on the profession.

  • Walter E. Griscti, APR was a USF professor of mass communications who was president of the PRSA Tampa Bay Chapter in 1977. He was named PRSA’s Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1977 and was named USF professor emeritus in 1983.

  • John Cassato, Jr. was vice president for public relations of the Jim Walter Corporation of Tampa. Previously he was business and financial editor of The Chicago Daily News. He died in 1982 at the age of 51.

The scholarship recipients are selected in the spring for the fall semester, and are awarded at the USF Mass Communications Department Annual Awards Ceremony. The chapter’s scholarship committee screens and selects the recipients for scholarships from two funds operated by the Chapter and the USF Foundation.

For more information on the student chapter or if you’re interested in working with PRSSA students or our student scholarship program, please contact Jenn Dunn at