Student wins national recognition and a silver mug

This article was originally posted December 2010 by The Huntsman Post.

By Paul Lewis Siddoway

A Jon M. Huntsman School of Business student is one of only three students nation-wide this year to receive a prestigious public relations scholarship.

Natalie Curtis is one of three students in the nation to earn a prestigious public relations scholarship. – Photo by Steve Eaton

Natalie Curtis, a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing, was notified recently that she was selected to receive the Betsy Plank Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Scholarship.

The winners of the Betsy Plank PRSSA Scholarship are chosen by the Champions of PRSSA, an organization founded by Betsy Plank for public relations professionals. Ms. Curtis was selected because of her outstanding leadership experience, academic honors and PR and marketing extra-curricular experience, according to the Champions of PRSSA, sponsors of the Betsy Plank PRSSA Scholarship.

The winners were announced in October at a national PRSSA conference in Washington, D.C., but Ms. Curtis decided not to attend, opting instead to stay at USU and focus on class work.

Giving credit to her professors at USU for providing her the tools to succeed in her field, Ms. Curtis said she is glad that her recognition reflects well on the PR program and USU as a whole.

“My education at USU has helped me a lot,” Ms. Curtis said. “The application required a 300-word essay, and I pulled information learned from my professors in my classes in the JCOM Department, as well as from the Huntsman School.”

The scholarship came in the form of a $750 cash reward that is to be used for academic purposes. It also included a silver mug engraved with her name and the name of the award. The scholarship has benefited students interested in public relations since it was established in 1989.

Ms. Curtis has also been serving as the director of True Blue Communications, the student run PR firm on campus.

Ms. Curtis said she is moving to Belgium to do an internship with Obelis, a company in Brussels. She said she hopes to someday work in public relations for an international travel company.

“I’m really eager to apply everything I’ve learned from my classes and practical experiences,” Ms. Curtis said. “I know my education at Utah State and being a member of PRSSA have prepared me for the professional world.”

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