THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION to Award $100,000 to Ethnic Minority Students

THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION to Award $100,000 to Ethnic Minority Students

Scholarships will be given to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in advertising, marketing or public relations


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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION (TLF) is now accepting applications for $100,000 in scholarships for the 2009/2010 academic year. Applications must be submitted to TLF by Friday, February 27, for consideration.

Ethnic minority undergraduate and graduate students majoring in advertising, marketing or public relations are eligible for the TLF scholarships. In an effort to increase ethnic minority representation in the communications industry, TLF awards $5,000 scholarships to undergraduate students and $10,000 scholarships to graduate students.

TLF was established in 1998 by Mr. Kim L. Hunter, whose vision is to see more ethnic representation within the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. By targeting college students, TLF paves the path toward a successful career right from the start.

“It is important to help ethnic minority students achieve their education goals and help guide them toward their future careers,” said Founder/Chairman of TLF, Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “By doing this, TLF is helping to create diversity within the advertising, marketing and public relations industries and reflect the society we live in.”

TLF scholarship requirements are as follows: students must be of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American descent; must have a 2.75 GPA if undergraduate or 3.2 GPA if graduate: must be seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university; must be enrolled in one of the three programs mentioned above; and must make a commitment to maintain contact with TLF for assistance with professional development.

Since its inception in 1998, THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION has awarded a total of $770,000 to 136 students nationwide. In 2009, TLF will celebrate its 11th Anniversary Scholarship Recognition Reception and Awards Program in New York City. The scholarship recipients will participate in a day-long career development workshop and have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals.

Thanks to its committed board of directors and donors, TLF continues to strive toward achieving its mission of increasing ethnic minorities in advertising, marketing and public relations.

Donors who have contributed $5,000 or more in cash or in-kind this year are:

Abbott Foundation, Alloy, American Express, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bank of America, Burson-Marsteller, Castells & Asociados, Council of Public Relations Firms, DDB, Deloitte, Draftfcb, Edison International, Fleishman-Hillard, Flowers Communications Group, General Electric, General Motors, Golin Harris, Heyman Associates, Hill & Knowlton, Hitachi, IBM, IW Group, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Macy’s, McCann Erickson Worldgroup, Merck, Nordstrom, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Occidental, Porter Novelli, Pitney Bowes, Prudential, Ruder Finn, Toyota, The Coca-Cola Company, Tyco Electronics, Union Bank of California, Verizon, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, WaMu, Waste Management, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, Wells Fargo, Winner & Associates, Wyeth and American Airlines, the official airline of TLF.

Scholarship applications may be obtained through TLF’s website at www.lagrantfoundation.org, or by calling Programs Manager, Ericka Avila at 323.469.8680, ext. 233 or erickaavila@lagrant.com.

THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career development workshops, internships, professional development and mentors to African American, Asian/Pacific Island American, Native American and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, please visit www.lagrantfoundation.org .

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THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION to Award $100,000 to Ethnic Minority Students