LOS ANGELES: Nearly nine in 10 (88%) past recipients of scholarships from the Lagrant Foundation are working in a communications-related field, the organization said this month.
The group has provided $1.83 million in scholarships to 286 students since its inception in 1998. The foundation’s mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of PR, marketing, and advertising. The Biennial Alumni Tracking Survey, conducted by the foundation, tracks the advancement of each recipient.
According to the 2015 survey, 68.7% of scholarship recipients have achieved full-time employment in the communications field. Of those working full-time, 42.4% are employed at a corporation.
Nearly three in four (73.5%) of alumni credit the foundation with helping them network with communications professionals, and 65.1% say it has helped them with professional development.
"The results of TLF’s Biennial Alumni Tracking Survey show that we are making progress in diversifying the communications industry workforce, but there is still more work that needs to be done," said Kim Hunter, CEO and chairman of the foundation and CEO and president of Lagrant Communications. "Getting people of color placed is important, but retention is even more important and will help the industry become more diverse. The Foundation has set the standard to groom students and recent graduates, which will be beneficial for everyone."
In total, TLF has hosted more than 130 career and professional development workshops and has helped launch the careers for ethnic minority students by securing more than 200 internships and entry-level jobs.