Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 26, 2017

Award: $1,500

The check will be payable to the recipient’s university for the recipient’s use, and can only be used to fund educational pursuits.


To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a journalism, communications or public relations major.
  • Be in your junior or senior year of college.
  • Have at least a 3.3 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be a PRSSA member.


The PRSA Foundation is proud to present the new electronic scholarship application process. Using the electronic application process, you only need to fill out ONE universal application. If a particular scholarship calls for more details or a writing sample, you simply attach the requested information to the specific application.

To apply for this award, submit the following materials:

  • A completed application form.
  • A résumé including academic honors, special projects, activities and work experience.
  • An official transcript.
  • An essay of 1,000 words or fewer stating your career goals.
  • Two writing samples (in addition to the essay).
  • Two letters of academic or professional recommendation.

Make sure all materials are error free and thoroughly proofread. All application materials must be posted to the electronic application portal by May 26, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

About Stephen D. PisinskiStephen D. Pisinski

The Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002. The scholarship was developed by Allison & Partners in memory of Steve Pisinski, APR, Fellow PRSA, and founder of The Montgomery Group.

A 25-year public relations agency veteran, Stephen D. Pisinski began his public relations career in 1971 at Ketchum in Pittsburgh, later transferring to Ketchum San Francisco. Pisinski remained at the San Francisco office for six years, becoming vice president and associate director. In 1981, he opened and directed the San Francisco office of Burson-Marsteller and later moved to work in Burson’s New York office.

In 1984 Pisinski opened his own agency, SDP Communications, in San Francisco. SDP Communications was later acquired by Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations in 1985. As part of the merger, Pisinski served as general manager of Ogilvy's San Francisco office from 1985 to 1991. In 1992, he formed The Montgomery Group.

Pisinski served on PRSA’s Board of Directors for several years and as president in 2000. As President, he lead the organization through many advances in the industry. He developed new leadership opportunities for PRSA and encouraged PRSSA members to reach their potential by pursuing leadership roles within the organization. Pisinski created and executed campaigns pro bono for San Francisco School Volunteers, Swords to Plowshares, and the Association for Retarded Citizens.

He held a bachelor's degree in history from Georgetown University and a master's in public relations from Boston University. Steve felt that the key to success in life was to communicate well. His passion for communications lead him to start the competing student newspaper, The Voice, at Georgetown University. The newspaper continues to live up to its name as the leading “voice” of students attending Georgetown University.

Previous Winners

  • 2015-2016 Sydney Velez, Illinois State University
  • 2014–2015 JoLena Broussard, Louisiana State University
  • 2013–2014 JoLena Broussard, Louisiana State University
  • 2012–2013 Shannon Ball, Capital University
  • 2011–2012 Kelsey Hutchinson, Capital University
  • 2010–2011 Amy Bishop, Indiana University
  • 2009–2010 Megan Horn, University of Northern Iowa
  • 2008–2009 Brittany Paxman, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2007–2008 Megan Elizabeth Broussard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • 2006–2007 Jessica Mongeon, University of North Dakota
  • 2005–2006 Shandi Greve, Southeast Missouri State University
  • 2004–2005 Kara Czerniak, University of Florida
  • 2003–2004 Danielle Lewis, Florida A&M University
  • 2002–2003 Chris Lukach, Rowan University