Three BICsters Win Prestigious The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship

4/15/2016 Nancy 0 Comments


Three-peat with THREE: Dalisbeth Galvez, Melissa Julien, and Priscilla Parra (all BIC Class of 2017) have been selected -- among just 19 graduate students nationwide -- to receive The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) scholarship for students who share the foundation's mission of increasing ethnic diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations industries. This is the third year in a row -- in BIC's three year existence -- that BIC students have been selected to win the highly selective The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship. Fred Garcia and Amber Jackson, BIC '15, and Donna Dei-Baning, BIC '16, received the $5,000 scholarship in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Dalis, Melissa, and Priscilla join students from such prestigious institutions as University of Chicago, Columbia, Emory, Syracuse, and Hampton University.  

Prior to enrolling in BIC, Dalisbeth Galvez received a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Lehigh University in 2014. Since joining BIC, she has held an internship at Epiphany and will work this summer at Quinn. Melissa Julien received her Bachelor's in English from Hunter College. She is a 2016 MAIP winner and will be interning this summer at DigitasLBi. Priscilla Parra graduated in 2012 from University of Texas El Paso with a BA in Media Advertising. She is an account manager at Hilti Center in Brooklyn.

The LAGRANT Foundation’s 2016 scholarship recipients will be recognized during the 18th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception on May 23rd at The World of Coca-Cola. This is the first time in its history the Foundation will hold the annual reception in Atlanta. Scholarship events will kick off with a welcome dinner hosted by WE Communications on Sunday, May 22. On May 23rd, Porter Novelli will host a career and professional development workshop for the recipients. After the workshop, students will receive their scholarships at the 18th Anniversary Scholarship and Donor Recognition Reception. The Host Committee Chair is Lori George Billingsley, vice president of community relations at The Coca-Cola Company and the Host Committee Co-Chair and master of ceremonies is Brad MacAfee, CEO and senior partner of Porter Novelli.

Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided 372 scholarships and $1.98 million 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 & professional development workshops, scholarships, internships, entry-level positions and mentors to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

Read the full TLF scholarship announcement here.