Kent State Junior Named 2018 PRSA Cleveland Student of the Year
Natalie Meek, a junior public relations major in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), has been named the 2018 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Cleveland Student of the Year.
The award – a $2,000 scholarship – is given to one outstanding public relations student annually by PRSA chapters.
“Natalie is an ideal role model for public relations students, as well as students pursuing any career,” said Michele Ewing, associate professor and adviser to Kent State’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA Kent). “She excels at mentoring younger students – she helps students feel like they belong and gives them confidence to step outside their comfort zones.”
Meek is a graduate of Jackson High School and has been a global communications intern at Diebold Nixdorf since May 2017. She has made her mark on PRSSA, both in Kent and nationally. She served as Vice President for Public Relations in PRSSA Kent this past year, and is president-elect for 2018-19. Nationally, she is a PRSSA Regional Ambassador and a member of the PRSSA Digital Communications Committee. She is also one of four Ohio representatives on the National Millennial Community.
“She embraces opportunities to hone leadership skills and gain relevant experience,” Ewing added. “Her enthusiastic passion for public relations is inspiring.”
Meek said her experience working with PRSA and PRSSA during her undergraduate career has been “incredible.”
“I have learned so much from professionals and students in the area, and I’m so excited to continue building those connections,” Meek said. “My PR Kent professors have furthered my passion for this field, and I wouldn’t be the student that I am without the opportunities that JMC has provided.”