National Gold Key

The National Gold Key honors the outstanding public relations student and leader. Winners are those who excel in their academic study of public relations, have pursued ambitious professional development opportunities and are leaders in their PRSSA Chapter.

Deadline: June 9, 2017

Award: Plaque

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have been a PRSSA member for at least two years.
  • Be a senior or graduate student. (Seniors may apply up to one year after graduation.)
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.4 in your major.
  • Have held a PRSSA leadership position at the Chapter or National level.
  • Have completed at least one public relations internship, approved by your Faculty or Professional Adviser.
  • Affirm your intention to become a PRSA Associate Member within one year of graduating.

Application

You need to submit the following materials to apply for this award:

  • A completed application form (Word or PDF).
  • A copy of your undergraduate transcript and, if applicable, your graduate transcript.

Make sure all materials are error free and thoroughly proofread. All application materials must be received at PRSSA Headquarters (not just postmarked) by June 9, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

PRSSA —National Gold Key Award
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Previous Winners

2016

  • Katarina DeFelice, Rowan University
  • Erica Everett, University of South Florida
  • Melanie Ford, Virginia Tech
  • Haley Hall, Belmont University
  • Haley Hicks, Belmont University
  • Hayley Hoback, Western Kentucky University
  • Alexa Lammers, Ohio Northern University
  • Natalie Mason, San Diego State University
  • Nolan Miles, Western Kentucky University
  • Jordan Mitrik, Waynesburg University
  • Shannon O'Dowd, Virginia Tech
  • Trent Ostrom, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Hannah Peterson, Ohio Northern University
  • Angela Petkovic, Western Kentucky University
  • Victoria Pettit-Rodriguez, Biola University
  • Adam Piccin, Otterbein University
  • Jasmine Tate, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Payton Taylor, Western Kentucky University
  • Gabrielle Woodard, Kent State University

2015

  • Megan Bayles, Waynesburg University 
  • JoLena Broussard, Louisiana State University 
  • Meghan Caprez, Kent State University
  • Angela Eastep, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Courtney Edwards, Virginia Tech 
  • Emily Edwards, University of Georgia
  • Sophie Frankham-Smith, University of Georgia 
  • Catherine Gebhardt, University of Georgia
  • Heather Harder, Elon University 
  • Anna Hoard, Ohio Northern University
  • Brittany Holland, Ohio Northern University
  • Kathlyn Johnson, Ohio Northern University
  • Victoria Lewis, Belmont University
  • Noelle McGeachy, Florida Memorial University 
  • Ethan Parry, Brigham Young University 
  • Alexandra Reese, Ohio Northern University
  • Kelsi Rupersburg, Ohio Northern University 
  • Taylor Smith, University of Georgia 
  • Alyssa Stafford, University of Georgia 
  • Melissa Strom, Biola University
  • John Thom, Fashion Institute of Technology 
  • Kellsey Turner, La Salle University 

2014

  • Jessica Airey, Biola University
  • Makenzie Albracht, Belmont University
  • Mary Anna Davis, Belmont University
  • Christine Boddy, University of Georgia
  • Alexandra Bosshard, University of Georgia
  • Erica Brown, Sacramento State
  • Benjamin Butler, Geneva College
  • Cindy Deng, Kent State University
  • Katie Depriest, Western Kentucky University
  • Joy Glaze, University of Georgia
  • Abigail Jensen, University of Georgia
  • Whitney Jinks, University of Georgia
  • Meghan Kanter, University of Georgia
  • Jacquie McMahon, University of Alabama
  • Michelle Meisinger, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Jenna Mosley, American University
  • Mallory Richardson, Louisiana State University
  • Megan Romero, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Mike Sanchez, California State University, Fresno
  • Arielle Schrader, Belmont University
  • Alayna Shamy, Loyola University Maryland
  • Samantha Slappey, University of Georgia
  • Hilary Stoeberl, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Ariana Trevino, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Rebecca Vollmer, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
  • Philip Volmar, Brigham Young University
  • Helma von Zadow, Alabama State University

2013

  • Paula Bryant, University of Georgia
  • Rachel Butler, University of Georgia
  • Jaimie Caiazzo, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Henry Cervera, Utah Valley University
  • Andy Cole, Belmont University
  • Angelene Crosswell, University of Georgia
  • Lauren Gray, Western Carolina University
  • Katie Hozan, Ohio Northern University
  • Kelsey Hutchinson, Capital University
  • William Linto, University of Georgia
  • Andrew T Mitchell, Western Kentucky University
  • Breana M Oliver, California State University, Bakersfield
  • Colleen Pinto, University of Georgia
  • Jacob Schwerer, Ohio Northern University
  • Reganie Smith-Love, California State University, Fresno
  • Sherelle Stephens, Florida Memorial University
  • Lauren Tennet, Ohio Northern University

2012

  • Matthew J. Aguirre, California State University, Sacramento
  • Nicole Bailey, Florida Memorial University
  • Jessica Bedore, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Melinda Biegen, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Catherine Clampitt, Ohio Northern University
  • Joseph Clarkson, Ohio Northern University
  • Elizabeth Fako, Ohio Northern University
  • Emily Gober, University of Georgia
  • Heather Kevern, University of Georgia
  • Sarah Kilbourne, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • Ashley Lavore, Columbia College Chicago
  • Christine Morgan, Kent State University
  • Alexandria Moulchin, Valparaiso University
  • Stacey Nardozzi, Grand Valley State University
  • Kiana Nicholas, Georgia State University
  • Courtney O'Banion, Ohio Northern University
  • Brian Price, Northern Michigan University
  • Cheryl Resnick, Rowan University
  • Joseph Sasak, Ohio Northern University
  • Meghan Seibert, University of Southern Indiana
  • Katie Siklosi, Belmont University
  • Rachael Sperling, University of Texas at Austin
  • Katie Strasberg, University of Georgia
  • James Taylor, University of Georgia
  • Tina Theriault, University of Georgia
  • Michelle Ward, Belmont University
  • Alex Zaprudsky, University of Iowa

2011

  • Nick Barnes, Brigham Young University
  • Amy Bishop, Indiana University
  • Mamie Cargile, University of Georgia
  • Kimberly Ciesla, Rowan University
  • Jennifer Dryer, University of Southern Indiana
  • Amanda Eisman, Louisiana State University
  • Courtney Garmhaus, University of Georgia
  • Kelsey Giesler, Ohio Northern University
  • Michael Gray, University of Georgia
  • Danielle Green-Semays, CSU Bakersfield
  • Koryn Heeke, University of Southern Indiana
  • Jacqueline Kenyon, Valparaiso University
  • Ellen Keough, Ohio Northern University
  • Renee LeGendre, Ohio Northern University
  • Marah Lidey, University of Georgia
  • Nathan John Mirolo, Ohio Northern University
  • Alexis Murphy, Marist College
  • Jessica Noonan, American University
  • Kelsie L. Olson, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Dari Raymond, University of Toledo
  • Stephanie Rowe, Ohio Northern University
  • Jamienne Scott, Ohio Northern University
  • Rachel Sprung, Boston University
  • Chantale Stewart, Florida Memorial University
  • Chelsea A. Sweithelm, Penn State University
  • Hannah K. Ullom, Otterbein University
  • Heather Wade, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

2010

  • Kendal Ahlmann, Valparaiso University
  • Beth D. Benton, Georgia College & State University
  • Casey J. Booyinga, Central Michigan University
  • Rachel Bosworth, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Talithia Carter, Florida Memorial University
  • Callie Laine Crum, Ohio Northern University
  • Terrance Nathaniel Davis, Jr., Florida Memorial University
  • Tegan Ellis, Ohio Northern University
  • Natalyn Giverson, Ohio Northern University
  • Haley J. Higgs, Georgia Southern University
  • Erica Holland, University of Georgia
  • Jessi L. Janiec, Pennsylvania State University
  • Daniel Jason, Valparaiso University
  • Mary Rose Macaranas, Georgia State University
  • Colleen Maleski, Ohio State University
  • Amanda McKelvey, Ohio Northern University
  • Lizzy Nephew, University of Georgia
  • Sarah Elizabeth Norton, Belmont University
  • Emilie O'Toole, Boston University
  • Sara Pecchia, Belmont University
  • Kristen Phillips, California State University Bakersfield
  • Rebecca Reese, California State University Bakersfield
  • Jenna Schario, Oral Roberts University
  • Emily C. Simmons, Pennsylvania State University
  • Brooks Thayer Cooper, University of Southern Indiana
  • Chelsea Thomas, University of Southern Indiana
  • Michelle Treasure, Brigham Young University
  • Caitlin R. Watts, Georgia State University

2009

  • Madison Bender, Ohio Northern University
  • Leslie Emanuele, University of Georgia
  • Meg English, Valparaiso University
  • Erin Haberman, Valparaiso University
  • Tyrone Hall, Florida Memorial University
  • Katherine Hannon, University of Minnesota
  • Jeana Harrington, Otterbein College
  • Angela Harris, University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Angela Hernandez, Central Michigan University
  • Christina Kruzer, Buffalo State College
  • Nick Lucido, Michigan State University
  • Courtney Meyers, University of Memphis
  • Kiersten Moffatt, Valparaiso University
  • Stephanie Perrett, University of Georgia
  • Mackenna Schon, Valparaiso University
  • Danielle Schumann, University of Minnesota
  • Katherine Strate, University of Georgia
  • Jennifer Wallington, Pennsylvania State University
  • Katalyn Yenne, Ohio Northern University
  • Amber Upp, Ohio Northern University

2008

  • Abigail Blaylock, University of Georgia
  • Rosie Braude, Rowan University
  • Melissa Csuhran, Ohio Northern University
  • Jaclyn Fuller, Valparaiso University
  • Marinda Hanover, Ohio Northern University
  • Jenni Lewis, Michigan State University
  • Karen Morrill, Valparaiso University
  • Amy Ovsiew, Rowan University
  • Anastasia Pronin, Ohio University
  • Brittany Rossman, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
  • Sarah Ryder, University of Minnesota
  • Andrea Shimo, Ohio University
  • Ashleigh Speir, University of Georgia
  • Rachel Zabinski, Hofstra University

2007

  • Mary Miller
  • Kevin Saghy
  • Laura Jones
  • Allison Tomei
  • Lisa Bates
  • Krista Farmer
  • Teresa - Rose Asevedo
  • Kristen Tremoulis
  • Kristin Wood
  • Kristin Taylor
  • Denise Kreft
  • Nikki Kay
  • Lisa Hoffman
  • Leslie Ann Street
  • Chelsey Ross
  • Megan May
  • Diane Beathard
  • Sharonda Dailey

2006

  • Jessica Anderson
  • Meredith Avakian
  • Marshall Bryan Blasie
  • Adrienne Browne
  • Jamie Chabra
  • Tiffany Garcia
  • Kimberly Gouz
  • Kelly Hancock
  • Kristan Kohley
  • Jessica Laiti
  • Katherine Langmoreland
  • Kathleen Manvel
  • Brittney Maurer
  • Abby Myers
  • Elisa Negrin
  • Lynsey Payzant
  • Heidi Post
  • Kimberly Ritter
  • Ashley Stockett
  • Barbie Tate

2005

  • Jonathan Bacon, Brigham Young University
  • Kendra Baker, Valparaiso University
  • Holly Bard, North Carolina State University
  • Hilary Bingman, University of Washington
  • Jason Carlton, Weber State University
  • Sarah Ceranski, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Stephanie Chanpimol, Elon University
  • Chelsea Church, Michigan State University
  • Jaclyn Devine, Rowan University
  • Alexis Douglas, DePaul University
  • Fleur Ferrara, Louisiana State University
  • Kimberly Ann Francis, University of the Pacific
  • Kerry Gause, University of Texas at Austin
  • Tatiana Grant, Eastern Michigan University
  • Katalin Hundt, Elon University
  • Leanne Lorenzo, University of Miami
  • Alexis Dian Louie, University of the Pacific
  • Megan Martenka, Central Michigan University
  • Heather Minchello, Elon University
  • Jamie Nolan, Radford University
  • Emily Oliver, Iowa State University
  • Matthew Pfleger, Rowan University
  • Jessica Danielle Presley, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Arianna Stefanoni, Rowan University
  • Aubree Taylor, Michigan State University
  • Cathleen Ann-Marie Williams, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Sarah Yeaney, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ashley Elizabeth Zandy, University of Florida

2004

  • Kathleen Crabtree
  • Lora Deeds
  • Brian-Alexander Domingo
  • Katie Drake
  • Elizabeth Fiala
  • Chanda Gilmore
  • Jamie Gudenau
  • Abby Helbing
  • Melissa Keklak
  • Danielle Lewis
  • Amanda LeQuire
  • Melissa Logan
  • LaShonda Louallen
  • Michelle Love
  • Christopher Lukach
  • Molly Lynch
  • Kelly McGrew
  • Melissa Moline
  • Shawn Murphy
  • Elizabeth Recchia
  • Jaclyn Savell
  • Robert Sunga
  • AuBree Taylor
  • Ashley Tharp
  • Alicia Wasson
  • Kate Westercamp
  • Leslie Woten

2003

  • Tara A. Bennett, Rowan University
  • Kelly Caird, Michigan State University
  • Pamela Eldridge, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Anna Erbes, Hood College
  • Heather Dewald, Shippensburg University
  • Hannah M. Fritzman, John Carroll University
  • Caitlin M. Gorand, Lehigh University
  • Jamie Hoelzeman, Bethany College
  • Jaye Kinnard, Lehigh University
  • Jillian Kwolek, University of Scranton
  • Jill Lanzrath, Kansas State University
  • Brandi Littlejohn, University of Georgia
  • Jennifer Lucio, American University
  • Stephen Edward Marcum, Marshall University
  • Amanda Mauck, University of Memphis
  • Kimberly O'Halloran, Kansas State University
  • Pamela McCarthy Passarello, Lehigh University
  • Steve Radick, Bethany College
  • Nadine Randall, University of Georgia
  • Karen Saghini, Georgia State University
  • Stephanie Schneider, Baylor University
  • Vaughn K. Schultz, Bethany College
  • Tara Scollans, Lehigh University
  • Susan E. Slater, Ohio Northern University
  • DeAnn Snider, Pennsylvania State University
  • Jennifer L. Thomas, Miami University
  • Bobby Powell, Jr., Florida A&M University

2002

  • Lindsy J. Breese, Bowling Green State University
  • Linda Coonelly, Rowan University
  • Kevin-Khristian Cosgriff Hernandez, John Carroll University
  • Reena De Asis, California State University, Fullerton
  • Kathy M. Eckhardt, Pennsylvania State University
  • Kelly Hanzak, American University
  • Claudia Kovach, Kent State University
  • Amy E. Lott, Ohio University
  • Kelly McAteer, Miami University of Ohio
  • Sara E. Mogilski, North Carolina State University
  • Kathryn A. Navarra, State University of New York, Geneseo
  • Karly Peters, Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • Doug Rupert, Ohio University
  • Joel Rushing, University of Texas, Austin
  • Christie Ann Scott, Appalachian State University
  • Amy Taylor, Rowan University
  • Amanda Zimmerman, Rowan University

2001

  • Rochelle Bollman, University of North Dakota
  • Rebeca Clero, University of Miami
  • Deborah Jane Danuser, University of North Dakota
  • Melanie Forthun, Northern Arizona University
  • Kathryn Grywalski, Miami University
  • Joy Hook, University of Southern Indiana
  • Stephanie Anne Hungerford, Marquette University
  • Kelli Kennedy, Rowan University
  • Caitlyn Peel, University of South Dakota
  • Nicole Maiolano, Seton Hall
  • Alexis Pagoulatos, Lehigh University
  • Kate Robinson, Pennsylvania State University
  • Adrea Ross, Bowling Green State University
  • Cathy Rought, Rowan University
  • Stacy Schubert, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Andrea Smalec, Arkansas State University
  • Victoria Steel, Lehigh University
  • Kimberly Washart, Rowan University
  • Isaac Wright, University of Tennessee, Knoxville