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Minnesota PRSA sponsors an annual scholarship 

program named after the late Dr. Willard Thompson of

the University of Minnesota School of Journalism. 


The scholarship recognizes students who excel in the

study of public relations and communications. Awards

are given at the PRSA Classics Award Ceremony.


It’s a great opportunity for PRSSA members to use their

skills and gain exposure to professionals.

Want to showcase your best public relations work?

Apply for the Student Classics Awards by January 26, 2018


A panel of Accredited Public Relations (APR) professionals will judge the student entries and the award recipients will be announced at the Minnesota PRSA Classics Award Ceremony.


The top scoring applicants (scoring a minimum of 70 out of 100 points) from 10 affiliated PRSSA chapters of Minnesota PRSA will receive Dr. Willard Thompson a scholarship. The first place prize is $2,000 and the second place prize is $1,000. In addition, the top-scoring applicant will be named “Best of PRSSA.” All award winners will receive a free PRSA associate membership.


One finalist from each chapter that applies for the scholarship will be selected for the President’s Award and will receive an honorary certificate. 





These finalists will have the top-scoring applications within the essay (Section C) of the scholarship entry. The Dr. Willard Thompson Scholarship and President’s Award recipients will be invited to a special lunch with the president of Minnesota PRSA.


To qualify for the Dr. Willard Thompson Scholarship and President’s Award, applicants must:

  • Be in good standing with their PRSSA chapter
  • Have attained a junior or senior level standing
  • Use any scholarship funds for educational expenses

The following point breakdown is considered when scoring the applicants. 
  • 10 pts Resume
  • 10 pts Professional Recommendation
  • 40 pts Essay
  • 40 pts Examples of Work


To apply

Applications can be filled out and emailed to: by November 3.


Past Winners


  • Zach Spanton, Winona State University
  • Brooke Wente, University of Minnesota
  • Brooke Eshleman, University of Minnesota (Runner-up)
  • Jessica Sauve, Minnesota State University Mankato (Runner-up)
  • Grace Fjellanger, Augustana University (Runner-up)



  • Sara Erickson, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


  • Stephanie Mann, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


  • Laura Jollie, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Taryn Bitterly, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Anna Moegenburg, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire



  • Laura Jollie, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Lindsey Rogers, St. Cloud State University
  • Olivia Jeske, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Minnesota PRSA
5353 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 350
Minneapolis MN 55416
Phone: 952-564-3046
Fax: 952-252.8096

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