Ruth Edelman & PRSSA Award for Achievement in Women’s Leadership Development

Deadline: February 19, 2018

The Ruth Edelman & PRSSA Award, named in memory of Deputy Chairman Ruth Edelman, will be awarded in partnership with Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN) to recognize student members who have demonstrated achievement in women’s leadership, women’s studies and/or contributions in the field to promote women’s issues.


  • $1,500 cash award for the Ruth Edelman Award
  • 3-month paid internship in one of Edelman’s U.S. offices for each award. (To be determined by Edelman and Winner)

Judging Criteria

  • Applicants for the Ruth Edelman & PRSSA Award must be a PRSSA member and will be judged on their leadership, demonstrated interest in women’s studies/issues, contributions in the field or Public Relations as it relates to women’s issues and submitted portfolio of work.


Please submit a complete online application via  by Friday, February 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

A complete application must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Portfolio of individual communications work (up to 10 pieces) via website or PDF document
  • Audio/video presentation of portfolio (not longer than one minute)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered

A panel of judges will evaluate entries. The finalists will be notified by Friday, March 30, 2018 and winners will be announced by June 2018. Applicants can only win one of two awards. All applicants will be eligible for the Edelman Internship Program in select offices.

About Edelman

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  • Karley Powell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Press Release

Previous Winners

  • 2014 Erin Kenna, Louisiana State University