February 1, 2018 update: The application period for the 2017-18 scholarship program is now closed.
The San Francisco Public Relations Round Table awards scholarships to talented Bay Area university students studying public relations, communications and allied fields (such as journalism and marketing) in accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in the Bay Area, and within a 1oo-mile radius of Downtown San Francisco. We are particularly interested in rewarding students who have shown a strong interest and involvement in communications and public relations beyond the classroom, and who are using their public relations, writing and social media skills to benefit the public and worthy causes.
We have administered the Philip N. McCombs Scholarship Fund, named in memory of one of the Round Table’s founders, for more than 20 years.
While the amounts and number of scholarships change from year to year, they have made a significant dent in college and graduate school costs for promising future members of the public relations profession.
For the 2016-2017 scholarship cycle, we awarded four scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to four students.
The bulk of financial support for the Scholarship Fund comes from a Silent Auction held during the Round Table’s annual Holiday Party.
IMPORTANT: For the 2018-19 cycle, applications will be due January 31, 2019. Your application requires the submission of at least one letter of recommendation and we strongly urge you to ask for the letter immediately in order to allow plenty of time for it to be written. We cannot accept an application that does not include a recommendation letter.
To be considered for a SFPRRT scholarship candidates must:
1. Be on a degree course in a communications-related field and currently attending a four-year college or university in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area or a college/university within 100 miles of Downtown San Francisco.
2. Have sophomore or higher standing. Graduate students in a relevant discipline are also eligible.
3. Have taken or be taking at least two public relations, journalism, marketing or communications courses.
4. Have demonstrated an interest in PR/communications through such related activities as internships, jobs, class projects, clubs/societies or volunteering.
5. Be endorsed by school professors. Please attach at least one letter of recommendation.
6. Have a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average at your current school, verified by a transcript. An unofficial copy is acceptable.
If you have any questions regarding the Scholarship Program, please email SCHOLARSHIPS@SFPRRT.ORG.