Student of the Year

The deadline for PRWeek Student of the Year 2014 has now passed. Thank you to all who have submitted entires for this year's competition! We will announce this year's finalists soon. Please check back in March!


For the 13th year, PRWeek is recognizing the impact students are making in the PR field by hosting the PRWeek award for Student of the Year. Launched to encourage those who will make up the PR profession in the future, this competition honors an undergraduate student who shows outstanding ability in a range of core PR skills. These students have been sought after by some of the top firms in the country and the Student of the Year program is a great proving ground for talent. In addition, marketers and companies are given a chance to see how they are perceived from a student perspective.


Each year, PRWeek hosts a competition unlike any other. Test your PR and communications skills by entering our contest. You could win a cash prize, a paid internship at PRWeek, and the honor of being the PRWeek Student of the Year 2014.
Students are required to complete an assignment designed to demonstrate the student's writing ability, planning skills, strategic approach, and creativity.

Why enter?

  • A chance to win a cash prize, a paid internship with PRWeek, and be rewarded with a trip to the PRWeek Awards 2014
  • A runner-up will be given the opportunity to attend the PRWeek Awards 2014
  • You will stand out among your peers, gain a true understanding of the importance behind PR, and gain real-world experience
  • The student competition has proven to be a springboard for numerous successful PR careers

Past Winners

2013   Kristin Amaral, Rutgers University
2012    Keri Cook, Liberty University
2011    Alyssa Vande Leest, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2010    Sean Whelan, SUNY-Oswego
2009    Natasha Ratliff, University of Southern California
2008    Robert Corrado, Pennsylvania State University
2007    Meghan Stafford, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Check back in March to see who wins!

Get Involved
We encourage you to include the assignment in your curriculum, as your students will be able to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

You will need to use your creativity and ability to think strategically and analytically to create a campaign that ensures the client achieves its desired objective.


Where can I download the entry kit?

Is there a fee to enter?
Entries for the PRWeek Student of the Year competition are free.

When is the deadline?
The deadline for entries is December 13, 2013.

How do I submit my entry?
Details will be available later in the semester, so check back then.

Can I work in a group?
No. You must enter individually.

Do I have to work with a professor?
No, but it is encouraged. They can provide valuable feedback about your entry before you submit it.

Who do I contact if I have questions or want to be added to the mailing list for updates?
Please send an email to Nicole Marshall at