PRSA Tampa Bay Recognizes Future Practitioners’ Academic Excellence at USF Awards Ceremony

(From Lto R) Sara Sturgess, Ashleigh White, Emilee Wyatt (John Cassato Scholarship), Kirk Hazlett, Tyler McConnell (Walter E. Griscti Scholarship), Alexandra Purcell, Katie Cafiero.

Edward L. Bernays, arguably the “Father of Public Relations,” had this to say about public relations education in his 1961 book “Your Future in Public Relations”…“If an individual is to give advice to others, he should have knowledge and understanding.”

Honoring its long-standing tradition of recognizing up-and-coming public relations professionals for their stellar pursuit of “knowledge and understanding,” PRSA Tampa Bay presented two scholarships to two outstanding University of South Florida students, Emmilee Wyatt and Tyler McConnell, at the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications “Honors and Awards Banquet” on April 19.

The “John Cassato Scholarship” is awarded in memory of John Cassato, a former public affairs officer of the Jim Walter Corporation, and the “Walter E. Griscti Scholarship” is awarded in memory of USF professor emeritus Walter E. Griscti, APR.” Each requires residency in the 15-county West Coast area served by PRSA Tampa Bay, a 3.0 overall GPA, enrollment in 12 or more hours at USF, and enrollment in or completion of at least one public relations course.

Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, a recently-retired public relations professor himself, represented PRSA Tampa Bay at the ceremony.

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