PRPLI Scholarship Program
Since 1990, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) has been the largest organization on Long Island for people who work in public relations and communications to network, learn, mentor and advance in their careers.
Each year, PRPLI awards up to two $2,000 scholarship awards and a complimentary PRPLI membership for one year. Winner(s) will receive a check for $2,000 (made payable to winner) and the PRPLI membership, both which will be presented at the PRPLI Awards Dinner in May 2019.
Applications are now closed for 2019.
2019 Scholarship Winners
Ben Martin – Hofstra University
Ben Martin is a graduating senior enrolled in Hofstra University’s Honors College. He is a public relations major and fine arts who completed internships at four PR agencies; ID PR, Finn Partners – Media Connect, Devries Global and LaForce.
Ben considers himself someone who thrives in high pressure, ever-changing environments, which drew him to public relations. Moving forward, he hopes to utilize his knowledge of public relations to pursue a career in integrated marketing strategies and attain his MBA while working in the industry.
Lila Woodbridge – Adelphi University
Lila Woodbridge is a junior at Adelphi with a double major in Communications and Psychology. Since her graduation from a vocational high school studying media technology, Lila has worked in her field on a freelance basis, working as an advertising contractor for a local business and as a volunteer graphic designer for a nature reserve. During the school year she works at the Adelphi University Web Team, maintaining the website and doing graphic design. In fall of 2018 Lila began an internship at the Alive Inside Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to better the lives of elders with dementia through music and empathy. She worked as a digital media content creator for the organization and continued her internship remotely while abroad in London during the spring 2019 semester. Most recently, Lila was the chief editor of a documentary short about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial which will show at the Workers Unite Film Festival in 2019.
Scholarships for 2019 will be presented at the 29th annual PRPLI Awards Dinner May 8, 2019
PRPLI Scholarship Winners:
Amanda Benizzi, Hofstra University
Pakelody Cheam, Hofstra University
Emily Elefonte, Adelphi University
Vincent Frazzetto, Hofstra University
Saralynn Kupperberg and Briana Cunningham, Hofstra University
Nathalie Retana of Oceanside, California, Hofstra University
Keri Springett of Ossining, New York, SUNY College at Old Westbury
Hayley Ward of Mineola, SUNY at New Paltz
Kasey S. Scrima of Lynbrook, Pace University
Leah D. DePalo of Huntington, The College of New Jersey
Michelle Consorte of Greenlawn, Adelphi University
Jessica Wyatt of Hempstead, Hofstra University
Alyssa Knudsen of East Northport, Hofstra University
Stephanie Palumbo of Mineola, Quinnipiac University
Lauren Loverde of Centereach, Hofstra University
Tara O’Donnell, New York Institute of Technology
Alyssa Ehrlich of Woodbury, Cornell University
Jessica Nelson of Apple Valley, MN, Hofstra University
Erin Mertz, New York Institute of Technology
Lisa Cazzola of Oyster Bay, Boston University
Alexa Silverman of Merrick, Hofstra University
Jennifer Heller of Huntington, Hofstra University
Connie Scarantino of Valley Stream, Molloy College
Keema Davis of Roosevelt, New York Institute of Technology
Christine Campana of Deer Park, Farmingdale State University
Rafael DeJesus of Valley Stream, Nassau Community College
Cecilia Ambros of Hauppauge, Farmingdale State University
Sandra Kiegiel of Port Jefferson, Albany State University