Published on September 18, 2012 by Lauren Womack  

Laura Powell, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Samford University, was selected to receive the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Alabama student scholarship for 2012. Powell is from Louisville, Ky. 

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to one outstanding public relations student in Alabama who is a student-participant in the PRSA Alabama Chapter Mentorship Program. 

Powell, who is the vice president of Samford's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, said she is "extremely appreciative" of the scholarship and the generosity of the Alabama PRSA.  

"I encourage all JMC students to get involved with Samford's PRSSA chapter," she said. "It has benefited me in so many ways, including introducing me to this scholarship and PRSA professionals in Alabama. I cannot thank them enough."

Lauren Womack is special projects coordinator in Samford's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.