May C. Randazzo Scholarship

May Randazzo, APR, public relations manager at Graphic Controls, died after a brief illness in 1997. She was only 57. In her honor, the May C. Randazzo Memorial Scholarship was established. Currently, the chapter awards one scholarship per year, valued at $2,000 (non-renewable).

Mandatory Criteria:

  • Must attend at the undergraduate level or will attend at the graduate level, a college or university in the geographical area served by the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of PRSA.
  • Declared major in the field of communications with a preference for those pursuing a career in public relations.

Additional Considerations:

  • High level of scholastic achievement
  • Active interest in community service
  • Students in sophomore or junior years, and graduate students
  • Preference given to members of PRSSA
  • Previous Randazzo scholarship winners are eligible to reapply as long as they continue to meet the criteria

What you will need:

  • Completed online application form
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Essay demonstrating high scholastic achievement, interest in community service and financial needs.

To apply for this award, please click here.

Deadline: May 17, 2019

More About May’s Legacy
May made many lasting contributions to the profession, both locally and nationally. Her most enduring impressions can be found in the lives she touched – friends she advised, students she taught, and volunteers she trained. As a leader in the field of public relations, May deliberated on the future of the profession and took an active role in shaping it. She was named the chapter's 1991 Practitioner of the Year and was a past chapter president.

May had a special interest in students and emerging talents within the profession. She helped establish the PRSSA chapter at Canisius College, supervised countless internships, and served as a mentor to new and seasoned professionals alike.

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of PRSA, with the blessing of May's family, established the scholarship to honor college students who best demonstrate the ideals May so strongly believed were the keys to the future of our profession: leadership, community service, and scholastic achievement. It's one way to ensure May Randazzo continues to influence the lives of future public relations professionals for generations to come.

The chapter has formed a partnership with the PRSA Foundation to administer the scholarship and oversee the selection process. PRSA will work closely with the Foundation to ensure each scholarship is awarded in concert with May's ideas and examples.


May C. Randazzo Scholarship Committee Chair:

Emily Ciraolo
Assistant Director, Corporate Communications
National Fuel
[email protected]