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Wendy A. Turrell
Meeker Scholarship Chair
Akron, OH--The Akron Area Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awarded Kent State University senior Brady Warmbein its David A. Meeker Scholarship. Warmbein carries an overall 3.97 GPA with a 4.0 GPA in his major of public relations. Warmbein will receive $1,500 and a first-year professional membership in PRSA upon graduation, paid for by the Akron Chapter of PRSA.
The Meeker Scholarship is given annually in the name of the late David Meeker, a five-time recipient of PRSA’s most prestigious award, the Silver Anvil. Meeker was a long-time PRSA member, founding partner of Meeker-Young LLC, and retired executive vice president of Edward Howard & Company. The Meeker Scholarship competition is open to any student who is from, or attends college in, Northeastern Ohio, and who is majoring in public relations or a closely allied communications field.
Warmbein holds leadership positions in the Kent State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honors fraternity. His extracurricular activities include summers spent volunteering with the Miracle League baseball program for disabled children in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation he plans to begin a career in digital public relations in an agency setting.
In addition to the Meeker Scholarship winner, the Meeker competition awards first-year professional PRSA memberships to two runners-up. This year’s second and third place winners are Youngstown State senior Kylee Chrastina and Mount Union University senior Peyton Zamarelli.
Chrastina is majoring in communication studies and has a GPA of 3.94. She plans to dedicate her public relations career to working in the political sector to bring about change for marginalized groups. Zamarelli has a double major in public relations and music and carries a 3.8 GPA. Both young women are involved in many extracurricular and pre-professional activities.