CPRS Calgary supports awards programs as opportunities to showcase outstanding work and recognize individuals for their contributions to the industry. We are also committed to helping and supporting students who are just starting to pave their career path in public relations.

The annual CPRS National Awards Program recognizes and rewards outstanding public relations programs, projects and people from across the country.
The CPRS National Awards program, established in 1962, salutes outstanding public relations campaigns, internal and external programs and tactics, and the dedication and contribution of public relations professionals like you. The awards also encourage continuous improvement in the practice of public relations.

These awards are exclusive to CPRS members and are a tremendous source for profile and prestige for individuals and teams as they showcase Canada’s best public relations talent at work. Winners are recognized each year at the CPRS Awards Gala dinner at the CPRS National Conference.

Submission Timeline

The deadline for award submissions was April 2. Dates for next year’s program will be announced on this website. Or visit the CPRS National site for more information.

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The Susan Francis Prize is awarded annually by CPRS Calgary for the public relations student who completes a submission about a project that has or may contribute to making the world a better place.

The Prize

This $1,000 Prize is awarded annually by CPRS (Calgary) through the Communications + Public Relations Foundation to a student studying public relations/communications in a recognized program in one of Mount Royal University, University of Calgary or SAIT Polytechnic. To qualify, the student must be in his/her final program year (term start September 2018).

Entries

Entries for consideration by the jury will consist of a public relations/communications campaign proposal created to meet specific organizational objectives. Topics for entries should be selected from issues that were important to Susan Francis in her career including gender equality, the environment, international development, political action, charity and crisis communication (see Appendix A for more information). The public relations/communications campaign would be implemented to the benefit of a specific organization—the organization must be identified. The project should contribute to making the world a better place.

Writing must be clear and concise and the entry must demonstrate the understanding of communications strategy development, tactics, overall implementation of the project and how it would be evaluated, as well as his/her personal passion in meeting the communications goals. The use of the RACE formula is required as an appropriate means to fully explain the project and cover the areas listed above.

All submissions will be juried against stated criteria and scored for imagination, creativity, and professional understanding of the public relations process and demonstration of ethical standards. There is no length requirement, though students should submit a proposal that meets the criteria above.

Susan Francis

Susan Francis was educated at the University of Calgary and Carleton School of Journalism (Hons). She earned CPRS Accreditation in 1986. At various times in her career she was a member of CPRS Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. She dedicated her life and career to implementing programs of action for causes that she was passionate about. Established by the Francis family, the Susan Francis Prize is awarded in Susan’s memory.

Applications

Applications should be sent electronically to CPRS (Calgary) through the Communications+ Public Relations Foundation, at foundation@cprs.ca. A jury chair and three public relations professionals from Calgary will review all submissions and determine a winner by scoring submissions against pre-determined measures.

Deadline

Deadline is January 21, 2019 with the winner notified on or before March 1, 2019.

Contact Information:

Address: 783 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6S 2E4
Phone number: 416-239-7034 ext. 221
Email: foundation@cprs.ca

Submission Timeline

Deadline is October 15 with the winner notified on or before December 1 each year and announced in our News section.

CPRS Calgary is committed to helping and supporting students who are just starting to pave their career path in public relations.

The Scholarship

The $1,000 Scholarship is awarded annually to a student studying public relations/communications in a recognized program at one of Mount Royal University, University of Calgary or SAIT Polytechnic. In addition, the winner will receive complementary CPRS membership for year three of his/her study, complementary one-year bridge/affiliate membership upon completion of study, and complementary registration for one CPRS Calgary event.

One of our commitments for our 60th Anniversary is to add to the CPRS Calgary Legacy Scholarship fund so we can recognize our students for years to come. Please show your support for CPRS Calgary’s 60th Anniversary by contributing to the Calgary Legacy Scholarship and supporting public relations education in Calgary.

Yes, I would like to contribute!

The Candidate

The Scholarship will be awarded to a student in his/her second year of undergraduate study in public relations/communications who has demonstrated an overall understanding of public relations and communications [theoretical and practical elements, values and principles].

All applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, a completed application form, letter from their education institute that attests to eligibility and a two-page written submission on “Codes of ethics or professional standards talk about the practice of public relations being in the public interest. What does that mean to you and why is it important?”

Calgary Legacy Scholarship Application 2019

Deadline

Deadline is January 21, 2019 with the winner notified on or before March 1, 2019.

Scholarship Donations

The Communications + Public Relations Foundation is a pan-Canadian organization that unites business, government, academic leaders and public relations practitioners in the advancement of public relations education through scholarships (including the Calgary Legacy Scholarship) awards, lectures and funding of research initiatives that promote ethical practice and professionalism in public communications.

To keep this scholarship going into the next decade, we will need to ‘top up’ that base fund every year. That’s where members like you can make it happen… make it part of your own legacy to the future of your profession.

For the first time ever, your donation to the Communications + Public Relations Foundation can be specifically directed to funding a scholarship for PR students here in Calgary. You will receive a formal tax receipt for your donation. Thanks in advance for your contribution – whatever you can give is SO gratefully received!

To donate, please fill out the Donation Form and send it with your cheque made out to the Communications + Public Relations Foundation, 783 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6S 2E4 Phone number is 416-239-7034 ext. 221.

Contact Information: foundation@cprs.ca

For more information please contact our CPRS Calgary Education Chair.

The Torchia Scholarship is awarded annually to the student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of bilingualism in the Canadian communications and public relations profession.

Candidate

The Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has chosen to study public relations/communications in one of Canada’s two official languages that is not his/her first language or mother tongue and is fluent in the other. The student will be entering his/her second year of undergraduate study in public relations/communications at a Canadian university or college, in either a degree program or a multi-year diploma or certificate program that meets recognized standards of education. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 and is for one year only.

Applications

Applications should be sent to the Communications + Public Relations Foundation, Suite 1515, 73 Widdicombe Hill Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, M9R 4B3. A jury chair and three bilingual public relations professionals and/or educators will review submissions and determine a successful candidate. The jury may require a telephone interview in either English or French.

Submission Timeline

Deadline is April 30 each year with the winner notified on or before September 15 and announced in our News section.