The Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) has announced that University of Mississippi student, Whitney Tarpy, has received its 2009 scholarship.
Tarpy will graduate in May with a degree in journalism. She currently works in the Ole Miss Sports Media Relations office. She is described by her supervisor there as “our most versatile student worker.” Tarpy worked for a year as a senior reporter for the Ole Miss campus daily newspaper. Most notably, she served as a Southeastern Conference media relations volunteer, as well as a student intern for MSNBC in its coverage of the Presidential debate at Ole Miss.
Tarpy has many scholastic honors including membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the Order of Omega. She has been named to the Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List throughout her collegiate career. She is a dedicated volunteer on and off campus. Some of her areas of service include the Catholic Student Association and the Holly Springs Hummingbird Festival.
“Whitney is an outstanding example of the next generation of public relations professionals, and we are pleased that we can support her studies as she pursues a degree in the field,” said Celeste Cade, PRAM state board member-at-large, scholarships. “She is very deserving of this honor.”
PRAM began its scholarship program in 2007. The winner receives $1,000 and is recognized at the organization’s annual awards banquet, which took place April 17, 2009, at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Jackson, Miss. Tarpy attended the banquet, along with her parents and nominating professor, Robin Street, APR.