The LAGRANT Foundation Celebrates 15 Years By Awarding $250,000 In Scholarships

The LAGRANT Foundation Celebrates 15 Years By Awarding $250,000 In Scholarships

22 Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Students And 14 Graduate Students Were Selected This Year From Across The Country


LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) offers its utmost congratulations to the newly selected 2013 scholarship recipients of its 15th anniversary scholarship program. After receiving applications from ethnic minority students across the country in undergraduate and graduate programs related to advertising, marketing and public relations, TLF has selected 36 exceptional students to be the recipients of the scholarship, totaling $250,000.

To commemorate the Foundation’s 15th anniversary, 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.

2013 undergraduate scholarship recipients:

• 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.

Major donors include:

• Alcoa Foundation

• American Express

• APCO Worldwide

• Bechtel

• Harold Burson

• Burson-Marsteller

• Cargill

• Carmichael Lynch

• Castells & Asociados

• Cigna

• Cohn & Wolfe

• Council of Public Relations Firms

• Darden

• Pam Edstrom

• FedEx

• FleishmanHillard

• Hill + Knowlton Strategies

• GE

• GolinHarris

• Bill Imada

• IW Group, Inc.

• Johnson & Johnson

• Ketchum

• Korn/Ferry International

• Macy’s

• Nissan


• Northrop Grumman

• Omnicom Group

• Pitney Bowes

• Prudential

• re:fuel

• Starbucks Coffee Company

• Subaru of America, Inc.

• The California Wellness Foundation

• The Coca-Cola Company

• TE Connectivity

• Verizon

• Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

• Waste Management

• Weber Shandwick

• Wells Fargo

• Xerox

• Y&R

For more information about The LAGRANT Foundation and its various programs, please contact Senior Programs & Outreach Manager Ericka Iniguez at 323.469.8680 ext. 223 or via email at and Programs & Communications Associate Nelly Alonso at 323.469.8680 ext. 240 or via email at

About The LAGRANT Foundation

Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation has provided $1.56 million to 221 scholarship recipients to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides students with career development workshops, scholarships, internships, mentors and professional development.


Nelly Alonso/ Ericka Iniguez

323.469.8680 ext.240/223


The LAGRANT Foundation Celebrates 15 Years By Awarding $250,000 In Scholarships