Student of the Year Contest

Overview: Public Relations Contest for Students

The PRSA Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter is pleased to announce the following opportunity for local college students. Co-sponsored by the NWPA Innovation Beehive Network and NWPA PRSA, the objective of the contest is to provide students with an opportunity to document their public relations skills, experiences and aspirations.

Congratulations to our 2022 PR Student of the Year, Emma Steele of Gannon University!

2023 Contest Prompt

Each PR Student of the Year entrant should submit a resume and cover letter. The resume should be a one-page summary of the applicant’s academic and professional accomplishments, with an emphasis on public relations experience. This may include internships, project work, memberships in student/professional organizations, relevant coursework, etc. The one-page cover letter should expand upon the resume by emphasizing professional goals and future ambitions as they relate to a career in public relations.

The letter and resume should be emailed to as attached PDF documents by 4:30 p.m. on October 2, 2023.


All entries will be judged by a panel of PR professionals, and the winning student will receive a $500 cash award and be named the PR Student of the Year at NWPA PRSA’s annual Niagara Awards. (All finalists are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.)


The competition is open to undergraduate students majoring in public relations, marketing communication or a related field and enrolled during the fall 2023 semester at any college or university in Northwest Pennsylvania. There is no cost to enter.

The PR Student of the Year Contest is generously sponsored by the NWPA Innovation Beehive Network.