About Scholarships

The PRSA Houston chapter began its scholarship program with the formation of the Public Relations Foundation of Houston (PRFH) in 2001. The purpose is to support the growth and development of the public relations profession. In 2017, PRFH was changed to the PRSA Houston Scholarship Committee.

How We Promote & Develop Our Profession

As members of the PR profession in the Houston area, we support future practitioners studying communication disciplines in the Houston area, as well as students from Houston studying communication elsewhere.

PRSA Houston Scholarship Committee supports the growth and professionalism of our profession in two meaningful ways:

  • Awarding scholarships to area college students from the Houston area or those majoring in a communication discipline at an area university or college.

  • Providing grants to educators to stimulate the study of communication.

The Scholarship Committee annually awards a $3,000 scholarship to at least one freshman/sophomore, junior/senior and one graduate student studying PR/communication at universities in the greater Houston area.

Because of generous donations, gifts and pledges from our donors, the committee also has the option of awarding other scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to undergraduate and graduate students.


How the scholarship committee Works

Gifts are invested through the Greater Houston Community Foundation. This fully tax-exempt charity manages the Scholarship Committee funds and carries out certain administrative, accounting and legal responsibilities. The Scholarship Committee manages the scholarship application process and directs the national PRSA Foundation to issue scholarships and grants to qualified 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organizations or equivalent. Less than three percent (3%) of total contributions to the Scholarship Committee are used for administrative and fundraising purposes.

Questions? Comments? Ideas?

For more information, contact Deborah Buks, APR, 2018 Scholarship Committee Chair, at dbuks@wardcc.com.