Political science and public relations major from Brooklyn is only undergraduate chosen from New
York State schools
Stephanie M. Guzman, a senior in The City College of New York’s Honors Program, is one of 36 exceptional advertising, public relations and marketing students nationwide awarded 2013 scholarships by The LAGRANT Foundation [TLF].
The Brooklyn resident, the only undergraduate recipient from a New York State college or university, will receive $5,000 from TLF’s $250,000 total payout to 22 ethnic minority undergraduates and 14 graduate students.
Ms. Guzman, a senior who is majoring in political science and public relations and has a 3.58 GPA, said the scholarship was significant for her not just because of the financial support it offers.
“While all of my hard work is a part of a bigger professional goal, scholarships like the LAGRANT Foundation give me motivation to continue striving,” she noted.
Currently on a summer internship at the Washington, DC, public relations firm Powell Tate, Ms. Guzman plans a career as a campaign consultant. She’d like to see more politicians with diverse ideologies and backgrounds elected and consequently changing the government’s priorities.
“The goal behind becoming a campaign consultant might seem ambitious, however, I personally feel that it is the public relations practitioners of any campaign that strategize how to bundle information and distribute it to constituents, driving them to vote,” she explained.
The LAGRANT Scholarship adds to Ms. Guzman’s honors. She was previously awarded New York Women in Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) scholarships for academic excellence and need in 2010 and 2011. The NYWICI award also earned her an internship at the Manhattan office of the PR firm Weber Shandwick.
In addition, Ms. Guzman has been on the CCNY’s Dean’s List since her freshmen year and was a Colin Powell Fellow in 2012. She is also a volunteer for She’s the First, a New York-based nonprofit that sponsors the education of young girls in developing countries.
About The LAGRANT Foundation
The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Los Angeles, was established in 1998 by Kim L. Hunter to address the lack of diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields. TLF provides scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students. Since its establishment, TLF has awarded $1.56 million in scholarships to 221 ethnic minority students and has provided in excess of 278 internships and full-time employment.
TLF creator Kim Hunter is also the founder and president/CEO of LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, a multimillion-dollar integrated marketing communications corporation. He has 26 years of corporate and agency experience in advertising, marketing and public relations. Mr. Hunter is also a co-founder of The SCAN Foundation, a $205 million independent charitable organization that cares for the elderly.
About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.
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