Last night the Lagrant Foundation held its Scholarship Recognition and Awards Program in New York. The event gave 13 undergraduate students $5,000 scholarships and seven graduate students $10,000 scholarships.
Jason Carroll, national correspondent for CNN, served as emcee for the event which was held at the French Institute in midtown. This year's committee included heavy hitters in the PR industry such as Andy Polansky, global president of Weber Shandwick Worldwide, who served as co-chair.
Harold Burson, founding chairman of Burson-Marsteller gave the keynote address. This year Burson personally donated $50,000 to The Lagrant Foundation to be distributed over the next five years.to “encourage young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds to begin careers in public relations and make the industry as representative of society as possible,” according to Burson.
This is the 13th anniversary of the awards program which has given out $1.16 million to 191 minority students from across the country.
“This group of students truly represent the future in our industry. They're smart, inquisitive, and not afraid to challenge the status quo,” said Kim Hunter, founder and chairman of the foundation and president and CEO of Lagrant Communications.
This year's list of winning students represented a diverse group of universities, including California State, Florida International, USC, University of Chicago, University of Washington, Syracuse University, and others. A full list of all the winners is included on the foundation's website.