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2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund

Thanks to the generous support of our donors at the PRSA Gives Back Virtual Holiday Mixer, we were able to reinstate/renew four members! We have enough remaining in the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund to renew/reinstate two additional members. We have reopened the application through Friday, February 12, 2021. 

The PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter recognizes that some members of the PR and communications industry have experienced great hardships due to COVID-19. We believe it is important for people who may have experienced job loss or other hardships to have opportunities to still network and connect professionally.

All applicants and recipients will be kept confidential. Two Options to Apply:

  • PRSA National offers a financial hardship plan for members who meet certain qualifications (a member of PRSA for a total of three or more years and is unemployed or temporarily disabled). This plan reduces your membership rate to $130 (from $260). PRSA Orlando Regional chapter dues are $50. If you qualify and wish to be considered for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Reinstatement Plan, please complete and send the PRSA National financial hardship plan form AND the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR by Friday, February 12. 
  • If you do not meet the National financial hardship plan qualifications, but your membership has lapsed and you cannot renew due to unemployment or budget cuts in response to COVID-19, complete the 2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application and submit for consideration to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR by Friday, February 12. 

To qualify for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund, you must:

  1. Be a previous PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter member for at least one year;
  2. Have dropped your membership from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 or cannot afford to renew (if you are up for renewal in January or February 2021); and
  3. Demonstrate a hardship and financial need due to COVID-19.

Special consideration will be given to those who were active members of the Orlando chapter and who wish to volunteer for the chapter. The funds (national and chapter dues) will be dispersed to PRSA National directly from the Orlando Regional Chapter. 

Qualified applicants should download the application form and submit completed form to Wendy  J. Roundtree, APR, at wendyjroundtree@gmail.com by Friday, February 12. Applications will be verified.Applications must be received no later than February 12 and will be reviewed independently by another chapter to determine allocation of the funds. You will be notified within two weeks of the decision.

Click here to download the 2021 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application.

2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Program

UPDATE:

Thank you for supporting the PRSA Hardship Fund! Because of your support our chapter was able to reinstate or renew four PRSA Orlando memberships.

Applications are now closed for this program.

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The PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter recognizes that some members of the PR and communications industry have experienced great hardships this year due to COVID-19. We believe it is important for people who may have experienced job loss or other hardships to have opportunities to still network and connect professionally.

The Orlando Regional Chapter will match donations made to the Orlando Hardship Fund up to three full-priced, one-year memberships ($260 + $50 chapter dues). Donations to the fund will be accepted through December 10, 2020. The total number of reinstated members will depend on the amount donated by that date. Donations will be accepted through Eventbrite as part of our regular programming, and by registrations and donations to the PRSA Gives Back Virtual Holiday Mixer fundraising event on December 10. 

Two Options to Apply:

All applicants and recipients will be kept confidential. 

  • PRSA National offers a financial hardship plan for members who meet certain qualifications (a member of PRSA for a total of three or more years and is unemployed or temporarily disabled). This plan reduces your membership rate to $130 (from $260). PRSA Orlando Regional chapter dues are $50. If you qualify and wish to be considered for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Reinstatement Plan, please complete and send the PRSA National financial hardship plan form AND the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application to Wendy Roundtree, Co-VP of Membership Retention, by December 11. 
  • If you do not meet the National financial hardship plan qualifications, but your membership has lapsed and you cannot renew due to unemployment or budget cuts in response to COVID-19, complete the 2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application and submit for consideration to Wendy J. Roundtree, APR, Co-VP of Membership Retention, by December 11. 

To qualify for the PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund, you must:

  1. Be a previous PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter member for at least one year;
  2. Have dropped your membership from March 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020 or cannot afford to renew (if you are up for renewal in November or December 2020); and
  3. Demonstrate a hardship and financial need due to COVID-19.

Special consideration will be given to those who were active members of the Orlando chapter and who wish to volunteer for the chapter. The funds (national and chapter dues) will be dispersed to PRSA National directly from the Orlando Regional Chapter. 

Qualified applicants should download the application form on the PRSA Orlando website, and submit completed form to Wendy  J. Roundtree, APR, Co-VP of Membership Retention at wendyjroundtree@gmail.com by December 11. Applications will be verified by the Co-VP of Membership Recruitment.

Applications must be received no later than December 11 and will be reviewed independently by another chapter to determine allocation of the funds. You will be notified within two weeks of the decision.

Click here to download the 2020 PRSA Orlando Hardship Fund Application. 

Frank R. Stansberry Scholarship Recipient: Emily Diez

We are pleased to announce that this year, three students at UCF will be awarded the Frank R. Stansberry Scholarship. Our third student recipient is Emily Diez, a Miami resident who is expected to graduate in December 2019.

Why did you choose to major in communications?

I’m an advertising/public relations major and I chose to major in this field because I love the idea of communicating directly to consumers and being able to do so creatively. This major was the perfect fit!

Have you completed any internships? If so, where and what was the most valuable thing you learned?

I have completed four internships and one of the biggest things I’ve learned was the importance of communication, asking questions and prioritizing. I’ve interned at the following organizations: Office of Student Involvement at UCF, GreenHouse Agency, Florida Cruise Ports and Dentsu Aegis Network in New York via the MAIP program.

What would you like to do professionally?

I would love to do some kind of marketing or advertising in the entertainment industry, especially in music. 

Frank R. Stansberry Scholarship Recipient: Candice Joseph

We are pleased to announce that this year, three students at UCF will be awarded the Frank R. Stansberry Scholarship. Our second student recipient is Candice Joseph, a Fort Lauderdale resident who was born and raised in a city called Plantation. Candice is expected to graduate in May 2021. 

Why did you choose to major in communications?

I chose to major in communications because I have always been a people person, and when I joined DECA in high school and started writing advertising campaigns and competing, I knew the field of Advertising-Public Relations was a perfect fit for me.

Have you completed any internships? If so, where and what was the most valuable thing you learned?

I have not completed any internships yet, but I have accepted my first one, which I will start this upcoming fall with UCF Athletics!

What would you like to do professionally?

I would love to open up my own advertising agency/ law firm and help others with their brand while providing legal protection.

Click here to read more about our first student recipient Danna Saenz.

Frank R. Stansberry Scholarship Recipient: Danna Saenz

We are pleased to announce that this year, three students at UCF will be awarded the Frank R. Stansberry Scholarship.

Over the next several months, we will introduce you to each student. First up, is Danna Saenz, a West Palm Beach native whose expected graduation date is May 2020.

Danna Saenz with immediate past PRSA president Scott McCallum.

Why did you choose to major in communications?
As a crossroads of the social sciences, communications gave me the opportunity to mix creative liberty with critical thought about human interaction and expression.

Have you completed any internships? If so, where and what was the most valuable thing you learned?
My first internship was with Treasure Box Kids, Inc. where I wrote blog posts about the ethical fashion market. I just finished my second with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. where I worked to start their first PR efforts. Both places presented the challenge of learning industry-specific language and practices, teaching me the value of flexibility, independence, and the importance of research in communication.

What would you like to do professionally?
Growing up with a privilege my parents lacked instilled in me a passion to give back. That drives me to seek PR and communications work for nonprofits and the broader public interest realm.