Sana Merchant, a senior corporate communications and public affairs major, was named the winner of two national awards presented by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Foundation. The awards were handed out Monday, October 18, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. during the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) 2010 National Conference.
The first scholarship is the 2010 Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award, a $5,000 scholarship presented to a minority senior college student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and a commitment to entering the public relations profession. The award is new this year and is funded by Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.
The second award is the John D. Graham Scholarship, funded by Fleishman-Hilliard, a $3,000 award given to a college senior in a journalism or public relations program who plans to enter the public relations field.
Merchant serves as president of both the campus PRSSA chapter and the Indian Students Association. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and is a Robert Redman Foundation Scholar. In addition, she is active in the SMU Program Council and Muslim Students Association and holds a leadership position in the Delta Delta Delta sorority.