Published on September 6, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Samford JMC Major Asia Burns
Samford JMC Major Asia Burns

Samford University journalism and mass communication junior Asia Burns of Alpharetta, Georgia, has earned the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) Gary Yoshimura Scholarship.

Each year, only one U.S. student is chosen for the Yoshimura Scholarship, which provides funding for the student’s education.

“Receiving this honor is an incredibly humbling experience,” Burns said. “Being granted such a prestigious award, and receiving so many congratulations as a result, is very overwhelming.”

Burns, who is concentrating in the fields of public relations and print journalism, is president of Samford’s PRSSA chapter and serves as editor-in-chief of the Samford Crimson. This summer, she completed an internship with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper.

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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.