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Lewis receives Ron Culp Scholarship for mentorship

by Robert Stewart, Director

It’s been a couple weeks since this release came out, but it’s definitely worthy of being copied in this space!

Washington, D.C. (October 15) — The Public Relations Student Society of America announced Melaina Lewis as the 2014 recipient of the Ron Culp Scholarship at its recent National Conference in Washington, D.C.


L-R: Jessica Carnprobst, Melaina Lewis, and Ron Culp

“I’m honored and humbled by the recognition,” said Melaina Lewis, Ohio University senior. “Jess inspires me to make a difference through her own kindness and determination. Numerous mentors impacted my college career, and I wanted to do the same for others.”

Lewis’ mentee, OU Junior Jess Carnprobst, nominated her for the scholarship after Lewis guided her through her college career for two years. Through Lewis’ exemplary mentorship, Carnprobst was able to find her place at Ohio University, as well as, within the public relations field. Lewis’ knowledge, encouragement, thoughtfulness and humility helped Carnprobst to thrive in PRSSA and on campus.

“I honestly don’t know where I would be without Melaina,” said Carnprobst. “From the beginning of my freshman year, Melaina has stood by my side and helped me with everything, whether it’s public relations related or not. I’m so grateful to have Melaina as my mentor, because she has truly made my college experience extraordinary in every way.”

Lewis serves as the Director of ImPRessions, a student-run public relations firm, and holds an executive board position within OU’s PRSSA chapter. Throughout her college career, Lewis completed several internships with the Career and Leadership Development Center, as well as, Childrens National Health System in Washington, D.C. Currently, she interns with the Vice President Office for Student Affairs.

The Ron Culp Scholarship honors a student entering his or her senior year at a four-year accredited institution for their mentoring of others and their promotion of public relations as a career choice.

October 27, 2014

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