Student of the Year Award

    Michael K. Simmons Student of the Year Award

    The Michael K. Simmons Student of the Year award recognizes a student who is an active member of a PRCA student chapter. The award recognizes not only academic achievement in the field of public relations but also leadership through community service and campus activities. The winner receives a $500 cash scholarship.

    The award is named after a North Alabama member who was influential in his career with students throughout the state. He was the 1988 Philip R. Forrest Jr. Professional Achievement Award winner. 


    1. Student must be enrolled full-time in an institution of higher learning

    2. Student must be an active member of PRCA student chapter

    3. As of August (1 year prior to competition year), student must have completed enough accredited course hours to be classified as a junior in public relations or related course of study

    4. The student must have overall GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale or 2.0 on 3.0 scale. In major coursework, student must have at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 2.25 on 3.0 scale

    Click here for the 2020 guidelines