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Established in 1985, the NSPRA Foundation is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded to support school public relations education and research and is administered by a board of directors comprised of current NSPRA Executive Board members. The Foundation funds several scholarships to the NSPRA National Seminar each year and offers an annual research grant opportunity for chapters or individual members as guided by its major purposes:

  • To develop and distribute information and materials that will assist schools and school districts in building both an increased understanding of the role of education in a democratic society and an increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of sound management practices in educational development; 
  • To inform and educate the public on facts and viewpoints that will lead to a better understanding, appreciation and support of education;
  • To promote the use of sound communication procedures by all those who work in education; and
  • To conduct research studies and distribute the results that deal with the advancement of education. 

Your Support Funds Seminar Scholarships

Individuals and organizations can donate to the Foundation to support others' professional development, to honor PR pros who made a difference in their careers or lives, to recognize special events in their lives, and to support communications research.

Make a tax-deductible contribution using a credit card 

Or, mail a check made payable to:

NSPRA Foundation for the Advancement of Education
15948 Derwood Road
Rockville, MD 20855 

Scholarships Administered by the Foundation

The NSPRA Foundation for the Advancement of Education funds and administers the following scholarships each year for individuals to attend the NSPRA National Seminar. 

Foundation Research Grants

When funds allow, the Foundation offers a research grant of $300 to support a project that will add to the body of knowledge of school communications and public relations. NSPRA members and NSPRA state chapters are eligible to apply for the grant.

Proposals must contain:

  • Rationale for why the study/project is needed;
  • Objectives of the study/project;
  • Description of the process;
  • Timeline for completion;
  • Anticipated budget;
  • Name(s) of researcher(s)/project manager(s); and
  • Description of any additional funding obtained to support the study/project.

A report on the results of the research study or project will be carried in NSPRA’s membership newsletter and the grant recipient will be expected to present on the study/project results at the following year’s NSPRA National Seminar.

Deadline for submitting proposals: October 15. Proposals are limited to five pages (single-sided). The grant recipient will be approved by the NSPRA Executive Board at the November meeting and the recipient will be notified at that time.

Send proposals to:

NSPRA Foundation for the Advancement of Education
Research Grant
15948 Derwood Road
Rockville, MD 20850

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