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Mallory Johnson awarded $1,500 PRSA scholarship

Published on Sep 27, 2017 by Evangel University News

Mallory Johnson, an Evangel University junior, has been awarded the annual Dr. Joe McAdoo Memorial Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Southwest Missouri chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) sponsors the McAdoo Scholarship in honor of the late communication educator.

Students from six area colleges are eligible to apply for the $1,500 scholarship, which also allows the recipient to attend monthly SWMO PRSA meetings and the yearly professional developmental seminar free of charge.

Johnson will use the scholarship for her tuition and is enjoying the opportunity to network with public relations professionals.

“This award is truly a blessing and came at just the right time,” Johnson said. “I look forward to representing Evangel and growing professionally. However, this isn’t just an opportunity to network, but to actually learn from successful people in the public relations community. I’m excited to see the growth that comes out of this.”

Campus leadership

Johnson is a multimedia journalism major and English minor from Cherry Valley, Ark.

While at Evangel she has been active in student media, where she currently serves as social media manager for The Lance, Evangel’s campus newspaper. She also serves as Evangel’s Student Media Central news director. As a sophomore, she served as the editor-in-chief of The Lance.

In addition to student media, Johnson is also a student assistant in Evangel’s Public Relations Department, where she has worked for two years. She also serves as a resident assistant in Evangel’s residence halls.

“I am pleased that an Evangel student was selected to receive the McAdoo scholarship for the third time in four years,” said Melinda Booze, assistant professor of communication, faculty adviser for The Lance and active member of the SWMO PRSA chapter.

“In addition to the financial benefit, Mallory can attend the monthly PRSA luncheons and meet PR leaders in a wide variety of professional fields,” said Booze. “These individuals are potential mentors and employers for college students like Mallory who are seeking excellence in the practice of public relations.”

The SWMO PRSA considers involvement in communications, academic standing, and campus and community involvement when choosing the recipient of the scholarship.

Applicants were required to begin the 2017-2018 academic year as a junior, senior or graduate student pursuing a degree in communication, public relations or a closely related area.

About Joe McAdoo

Dr. Joe McAdoo taught communication courses at Drury University for nearly thirty years before retiring in 1996.

He wrote for the Springfield Business Journal, authoring over 1,700 articles. He also appeared on Ozarks Public Television Tele-Auctions as the “Firehouse Quickie Guy.” In 1996, McAdoo published a book titled McAdoo About Nothing.

McAdoo passed away in 2008.