Cleveland, Ohio – April 4, 2017 – The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Greater Cleveland Chapter is proud to announce that Latisha Ellison has been named the Chapter’s 2017 Student of the Year. The annual award honors one outstanding marketing and communications college student from the Greater Cleveland area. As the 2017 SOTY winner, Ms. Ellison has earned a $2,500 scholarship.
“Many talented students competed this year, but Latisha was the best of the best,” said Lorraine Schuchart, president of PRSA Greater Cleveland.
As a junior public relations student in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Kent State University, Ellison has been honored as a dean list receipt in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Ellison is also a Marcus Thomas Promising Scholar and an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Kent Chapter. She is currently the YouToo Social Media Conference Chairperson.
In addition to exceling at her studies and participating in PRSSA Kent, she’s currently a public relations intern at Flash Communications in Kent, Ohio. Prior to her internship at Flash Communications, Ms. Ellison was a student assistant at the School of Library and Information Science and a College of Communication & Information Beat Reporter for The Kent Stater.
“Latisha is a standout student in the public relations program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State,” said Michele E. Ewing, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor of public relations at Kent State University. “She excels inside and outside the classroom. Faculty, staff and students enjoy working with Latisha because she’s a thoughtful leader with a can-do attitude and contagious positive energy.”
Ellison is from Butler, PA and will be interning in Cleveland this summer.
“I am extremely honored and surprised to have received this award from PRSA Cleveland. I’ve been working with the PRSSA Kent Chapter since freshman year and I’m passionate about this industry.” said Ellison
In addition to her scholarship, Ellison will have the opportunity to interview with local Cleveland area businesses for a potential internship including Great Lakes Science Center, Falls Communications, and Prosper for Purpose.