La 35e édition du Prix Paul-Dumont-Frenette

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La Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques (SQPRP) a le plaisir de lancer la 35e édition du Prix Paul-Dumont-Frenette, seul prix destiné aux étudiants en relations publiques au Québec.

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McGill PR Bursary Available

bursary-applicationWelcome back! Are you looking for a little financial assistance for your PR studies this term? Then apply today for the Boisvert-Pitts Public Relations Bursary! There are three bursaries of $750 each to help students with a portion of their tuition expenses.

Eligibility
The following rules apply for Bursary eligibility – you must be:

  • A full-time or part-time student, admitted to AND registered in a credit Program at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies;
  • Registered in at least one 3-credit course in your Program in the Winter 2016 term;
  • A Canadian citizen, Canadian permanent resident (you must already have your cards), or refugee;
  • Able to receive funds through Minerva (have an active student account); and
  • In satisfactory standing at the time of your Bursary application.

Bursary applications for Winter 2016 must be received at by 5:00 pm on February 19, 2016.

For terms and conditions, FAQs, and information on how to send your
application, click here!

Apply for The Torchia Scholarship

English not your native language? Bilingual? This scholarship may be for you. McGill Certificate and Diploma students can apply for the $1500 Torchia Scholarship in Public Relations/Communications. Here’s the scoop:

The Scholarship is awarded annually to the student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of bilingualism in the Canadian communications and public relations profession. It is inspired by the career of Armand Torchia, who cofounded the Houston Group with Stan Houston, and Torchia Communications with his son Jean-Claude. It adheres to the values espoused by Torchia Communications in providing quality services in both of Canada’s official languages.

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“Tweete tes neurones” competition offers $10,000 prize

Here is an interesting opportunity for our grad students – a real case competition with a $10,000 prize! Note that students must be at least in the third year of a Bachelor’s program to enter.  However, I have made sure with the organizers that our Diploma and Grad Cert students will be eligible, even if part-time. Check it out at http://www.tweetetesneurones.com/en/index.php

IABC/Montréal Ovation Awards program offers a new Special Prize for students!

The IABC-Montreal Ovation Awards are back – renewed, rejuvenated and ready to roll! New this year is a $500 Stellar Student prize that will be awarded to the best student entry in this 2010 campaign. 

Entry fees are only $55 for students – for both IABC members and non-members. 

Check it out at: http://montreal.iabc.com/ovation

Les prix Ovation de l’IABC/Montréal ajoutent un prix spécial pour les étudiants !

Les prix Ovation sont de retour, renouvelés, revigorés et prêts à prendre leur envol ! Une nouveauté : un prix Étudiant étoile de 500 $ sera attribué au meilleur dossier présenté par un étudiant au titre de la campagne 2010. Les frais d’inscription ne sont que de 55 $ pour les étudiants, membres ou non de l’IABC.  Date limite de présentation des dossiers : le 13 septembre 2010. Voyez vous-même http://montreal.iabc.com/ovation/fr/

Great win – even better follow-up!

As noted a couple of posts ago, Alexa Azran and Florence Petit-Gagnon won the Prix Paul Dumont Frenette this year.  Sometimes, it’s not just what you achieve but what you do with your achievement that counts. At the SQPRP’s awards gala, both recent grads passed out their newly printed business cards. One person they met was Serge Vallières, himself a recent grad of the certificate program. He invited Alexa to visit AGC Communications, the consulting firm he works at, and apparently she made a good impression.  She started work at AGC last week. So, students, if you are wondering about the value of networking . . .

McGill team takes top honours — again!

A team of McGill students made up of Alexa Azran and Florence Petit-Gagnon has taken the 2010 Prix Paul Dumont-Frenette. Awarded annually by the SQPRP (Société québécoises des professionnels en relations publiques) to the student team submitting the best communication plan, the prize was presented awarded at the SQPRP awards gala on May 12. 

Over the past several yeares, McGill teams have entered the competition five times and racked up amazing results: 1 second-place finish, 1 tie for first and 3 firsts! Congrats to Alexa and Florence for maintaining McGill’s stellar record. (BTW, these girls are also superb networkers – they had business cards printed up and were passing them out the gala.)

NATIONAL appreciates our grads

Alumni Chantal Benoit and Stephanie Lyttle were awarded two of only four awards presented annually to consultants at NATIONAL Public Relations.  Both are based in NATIONAL’s Montreal office. Stephanie graduated in 2005 and Chantal in 2003. BTW, the consulting firm always hires summer interns, so send in your CVs.Alumni Chantal Benoit and Stephanie Lyttle were awarded two of only four awards presented annually to consultants at NATIONAL Public Relations.  Both are based in NATIONAL’s Montreal office. Stephanie graduated in 2005 and Chantal in 2003. BTW, the consulting firm always hires summer interns, so send in your CVs.Alumni Chantal Benoit and Stephanie Lyttle were awarded two of only four awards presented annually to consultants at NATIONAL Public Relations.  Both are based in NATIONAL’s Montreal office. Stephanie graduated in 2005 and Chantal in 2003. BTW, the consulting firm always hires summer interns, so send in your CVs.

Form the winning team!

All students are warmly invited to form a team of 3-4 people and enter the SQPRP’s annual case competition to win the Prix Paul-Dumont-Frenette.  Students enrolled in the Cases in PR or Communication Planning courses are doing the case as part of their course work, but all students in the McGill programs are invited to compete.

So far, the only years McGill has not had a team in the finals . . . have been the years we didn’t enter anyone!  So the bar is high, but we don’t lack for precedents.  Two McGill teams have taken first place and one tied. Nor is language a problem: two of those cases were presented in English. (The case is available only after you’ve signed up for the competition. Once yuo’ve registered, you can contact Elizabeth Hirst for an English version.)

 The program will appoint an instructor to coach the team (or you can ask one of your own instructors). But you need to be a member to win, so go to the SQPRP site and join now. Making the finals will be a great addition to your CV and bring you to the attention of local leaders in the field.

The deadline to register is February 26; the deadline for submission of written work is March 26.

Prix Paul-Dumont-Frenette

All McGill students, especially those in the later courses, are encouraged to participate in the SQPRP’s annual competition for the Prix Paul-Dumont-Frenette. Its 2010 launch this week includes presentations to the more advanced McGill PR classes by Prix PDF rep Marjolaine Voiselle (a McGill PR alumna). McGill students have always done well in this competition, whether their entries were in French, English or bilingual. This year’s case is being used as part of the Cases/Communications Planning course.

IABC Gold Quill Awards for students

2010 Gold Quill Awards® Student Competition Call for Entries now open
The Student Gold Quill Awards competition recognizes excellence in communication at the undergraduate and graduate school level. Full- or part-time students should consider entering their original work. Entering is a great way to help start a portfolio, and the experience gained from entering an international competition looks great on a résumé.

 Encourage students in your area to enter and/or promote IABC’s Student Gold Quill Awards.

 Final deadline: 3 February 2010.

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