INDIANAPOLIS, IND — November 23, 2021 — The Public Relations Society of America Hoosier Chapter, Indiana’s statewide society of public relations and communications professionals, today announces a new grant program to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our membership. The grant aims to assist those public relations professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC) with financial aid to help advance their career by pursuing an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). This new initiative highlights our chapter’s continued commitment to improving diversity and inclusion in our membership and the broader profession. 

Thanks to significant support from Hirons, a full-service Indianapolis ad agency, and a current sponsor of the PRSA Hoosier chapter, this program will pay for up to two PRSA Hoosier Chapter membership scholarships, valued at $320 each, and one APR scholarship to help with fees associated in obtaining the certification, valued at $385. 

“Over the last 18 months, our chapter has taken intentional steps to create a more representative and welcoming environment for all of our members, potential members, partners and sponsors, ” said Jennifer Dzwonar, APR, Fellow PRSA, director of ethics and advocacy for the PRSA Hoosier Chapter. “We remain focused on diversifying our speakers, members and participants, by developing valuable programming and eliminating potential barriers to career advancement.”

Scholarships will be awarded based on the application criteria established for the grant program. 

”We are honored to partner with the PRSA Hoosier Chapter on this initiative and to underwrite these grants to equip future leaders who reflect DEI in our profession with the resources they need for continual learning,” said Deana Haworth, APR, Chief Operating Officer at Hirons. 

If you or someone you know could benefit from these grants, please fill out or share the following application forms:

The application deadline is Friday, December 31, 2021. Please contact Brytnie Jones, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Chair at bjones@hirons with questions.