Strategic communication major Kendall Mason has been awarded the Joanne Dring Memorial Scholarship, which is presented by the Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America to one undergraduate member of Indiana’s 12 PRSSA (student association) chapters.
Mason, a senior from Bourbon, Indiana, received the award based on her outstanding academic standing, extensive professional experience in internships and committee work, a personal essay, and a faculty recommendation. The scholarship award was announced at the Public Relations Society of America luncheon meeting November 11 in downtown Indianapolis.
In her three-plus years at Butler, she has completed internships with the media relations office at the University of Notre Dame, the Conrad hotel, and Indiana Humanities. She is working on her fourth now, at Visit Indy, and plans to go into travel and tourism promotion after graduation.
In a letter of recommendation, Rose Campbell, Professor and Chair of Strategic Communication: Public Relations & Advertising, described Mason as “one of the best students I’ve had in my 18 years at Butler University.”
“Kendall, our top senior (3.96 GPA), is the quintessential professional in all that she does,” Campbell wrote. “She’s ambitious but humble, intelligent but tolerant, organized but flexible, and serious but creative.”
Mason, whose twin sisters started at Butler in the fall, said she was honored to receive the award and especially pleased to be able to help her parents pay for college.
“My reason for applying was to show my appreciation to my parents and give back what I can,” said Mason, who is minoring in psychology. “Anything I can do to help them out a little bit.”