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The LAGRANT Foundation to award $250,000 in scholarship to 36 students

(May 3, 2013) After receiving applications from ethnic minority students across the country in undergraduate and graduate programs related to advertising, marketing and public relations, The LAGRANT Foundation has selected 36 exceptional students to be the recipients of the scholarship, totaling $250,000.

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the scholarship program, TLF will award 22 undergraduate students with $5,000 scholarships and 14 graduate students with $10,000 scholarships. Scholarship winners located east of Chicago will attend the 15th Anniversary Scholarship Recognition Reception and Awards Program in New York City on Monday, May 20, 2013 and winners located west of Chicago will be awarded in Seattle, Washington on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

The total dollars to be awarded this year has been increased from 2012 when the Foundation provided $150,000 in scholarships to last year's 22 scholarship recipients. Since its 1998 inauguration, TLF has awarded more than $1.56 million in scholarships to students who continue to share the Foundation's mission of increasing ethnic diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations industries.

The 2013 undergraduate scholarship recipients are:

Aiman Al Khachi -- Portland State University, Advertising Management & Marketing, minor in Design Management

Dianique Ashley -- California State University, Long Beach, Journalism, emphasis in Public Relations, minor in Marketing

Qori Broaster -- Temple University, Advertising

Noelia Callejas -- University of Southern California, Public Relations

Kaitlyn Chock -- University of Oregon, Communications & Public Relations

Kiah Clingman -- Howard University, Advertising

Kendra Croft -- University of Texas at Austin, Advertising

Hunter Durham -- Palm Beach Atlantic University, Marketing

Emmanuela Ebunilo -- California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Marketing Management, emphasis in Advertising

Stephanie Guzman -- City College of New York, Political Science & Public Relations

Benjamin Ladrillono -- University of Alabama, Public Relations

Chase Lucero -- Brigham Young University, Communications, emphasis in Advertising

David Perez -- University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Marketing & International Business and Portuguese

Nicholas Ramirez -- Loyola University Chicago, Advertising & Public Relations

Reginal Seay -- University of Missouri, Marketing

Evan Silvers -- University of Washington, Communications & Sociology

Pierre Stahrre -- Pepperdine University, Public Relations

Pearl Steinberg -- Ursinus College, Communications

Jessica Sung -- Indiana University, Communications & Culture

Douglas Ta'a -- University of Washington, Business Administration, emphasis in Information Systems & Marketing, minor in Diversity

Angela Veloza -- University of Alabama, International Relations & Public Relations

D'Andre Young -- Brandeis University, American Studies & Communications

2013 graduate scholarship recipients:

Cindy Chow -- University of Chicago, MBA, emphasis in Marketing Management

Stacia Doss -- DePaul University, Advertising & Public Relations

Sara Farooqi -- Mills College, MBA

Crystal Marie Grant -- University of Southern California, Communications Management, emphasis in Marketing

James Meiser -- University of Texas at Austin, Advertising

Amber Miller -- University of Southern California, Public Relations

Jordan Nichols -- University of Michigan, MBA

Rachelle Ramirez -- University of Southern California, Strategic Public Relations

Sonia Ramirez -- University of Texas at Austin, MBA

Sophia Stone -- University of Chicago, Marketing

Julio Tavarez -- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Marketing Research, Insights & Analytics

Kevin Vaishnav -- University of California, Los Angeles, MBA

Empress Varnado -- The New School, Media Management

Myles Worthington -- New York University, Public Relations & Management

TLF scholarship recipients will participate in a special welcome dinner, career development workshop and have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals in their travels to New York City and Seattle, respectively.  SVP of Public Affairs & Communications, Chief Communications Officer of Waste Management Barry Caldwell and Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky will serve as host committee chair and co-chair for the New York reception. Nissan Motor Company Corporate Vice President of Global Marketing Communications Simon Sproule and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Agency Founder, President of Microsoft Account Worldwide and TLF Board Member Pam Edstrom will serve as host committee chair and co-chair for the Seattle reception.

TLF was established to address the severe lack of ethnic diversity within advertising, marketing and public relations industries. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2011 advertising, marketing and public relations jobs are held by a combined total of 8.7 percent of African American/Blacks, 7.3 percent of Asian American/Pacific Islanders and 15.3 percent of Hispanic/Latinos. Today, TLF serves as a career launching pad for ethnic minority students across the United States through its various programs, including career development workshops, internship and entry-level job placements, mentor and fellowship programs and professional development.

Thanks to generous donors and a dedicated board of directors, TLF is able to achieve its goal of increasing diversity in advertising, marketing and public relations and offer programs to students across the country.

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