Awards & Scholarships

The Plank Center recognizes the top student research papers at academic conferences and supports scholarships for public relations students.

Betsy Plank/PRSSA Scholarship

The Betsy Plank Scholarship was created in 2001. Three scholarships are given annually to promote student leadership who are members of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship

The Ron Culp Scholarship was created in 2011. This unique $1,000 scholarship is designed to honor a student entering his or her senior year at a four-year accredited institution for their mentoring of others and their promotion of public relations as a career choice. This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation.

Felton PR Scholarships

The John W. Felton Public Relations Endowed Scholarship fund was created in 2001 through a gift from Betsy Plank. Through the fund, two scholarships are given annually to promote the education of students pursuing degrees in public relations at The University of Alabama.

Top Student Paper Awards

To help support and recognize student leadership in public relations research, the Plank Center provides cash awards to the top student research papers in the PR Divisions of AEJMCICA, and NCA.

Grants & Awards


The following links provide information about some organizations that provide funding for public relations projects.

  • Rotary International
  • The Page Center
  • PRSA Foundation
  • Awards

    The following links provide information on some of the industry's awards for achievement in public relations practice.