Grants & Awards

Our awards, recognition programs and scholarships help advance the ethical and effective practice of public relations. Whether you’re a student, an educator or a professional, The Plank Center offers opportunities to expand your skills and knowledge.


Awards & Scholarships

The Plank Center recognizes the top student research papers at academic conferences and supports PR majors at The University of Alabama through scholarships.

Milestones in Mentoring Awards

Each year The Plank Center recognizes outstanding public relations mentors who lead by example in six categories.


Leaders exert significant influence on the success, future and image of their profession. Yet, only a few PR studies have explored this important topic.

One goal of the Plank Center is to build a research-based foundation of knowledge regarding the values, qualities and dimensions of excellent leadership, mentorship and diversity and inclusion in PR.